Montréal’s portal to its past…
The Château Ramezay, dating back to the French Regime, is one of the rare remaining buildings from New France that can still be visited in Quebec. In fact it was the province’s first classified historic monument. This essential stop in Old Montréal spans more than 500 years, from Native prehistory to the 20th century, and also includes the lovely Governor’s Garden.
Welcome to the residence of the Governor of Montreal, Claude de Ramezay! Built in 1705, it was, in the words of its owner, the “most beautiful house in all of Canada”. After the Ramezay family, numerous characters have sojourned in the Château, allowing it to be a witness to several big moments in our history. Listen to the tales of these individuals through our multimedia circuit, If the walls could talk, which is available in six languages.
Visit the sumptuous Salle de Nantes and find yourself in the middle of the luxurious 18th century decor. With its mahogany panels, portraits, furniture, displays’ content, and huge chandeliers, this room offers a unique ambiance.
In the building’s vaults, discover Splendor and misery in New France. Immerge yourself in the reconstructed interiors and relive diverse events that have marked the Ramezay family’s history, as told by their servants. Learn everything about life in New France, especially that of the Old Regime’s nobility.
Animators and costumed guides are present to welcome you and transport you back in time to New France.
You may also wander through the Governor’s Garden – free entry – which is a unique example of 18th century nobility’s urban gardens, with its vegetable garden, its fruiting trees, as well as its medicinal and ornamental plants. Audio panels with content in six languages are at your disposal to accompany you in your discovery of this space from another time.
Château Ramezay - Musée et site historique de Montréal
280 rue Notre-Dame East
Montréal (Quebec) | H2Y 1C5
T 514 861-3708