April 25, 2013 – Fling open the doors of history and cross the threshold into 500 years of adventure, intrigue, survival, conflict, peace, innovation and development. You’ll find it all at the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, an Old Montréal history hotspot that highlights the evolution of modern-day Montréal and Québec.
Located across from City Hall, the museum is a part of history itself: once the residence of Claude de Ramezay, the Governor of Montréal from 1704 to 1724, the mansion was built between 1705 and 1706. The permanent multimedia exhibit, And if the Walls Could Talk, takes you on a walkabout of the residence, tracing its evolution in six different languages.
Your historical journey continues with two other permanent exhibits – Hochelaga, Ville-Marie and Montréal: the history of Montréal from Amerindian prehistory to the early 20th century, and18th-century life in Montréal : a glimpse into the reality of day-to-day living in the 18th century located in the vaults of the Château – as well as a host of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
And when you’re ready to take a break, enjoy some al fresco refreshment or meal from the Club Chasse et Pêche restaurant on the stunning Governor’s Garden terrace, open from May to October, weather permitting.
Once the very heart of the city’s social scene, the Governor’s Garden is a throwback to 18th century design, and is a very tribute to Montréal’s nobility at the time. It includes an impressive range of horticultural species that are very close to those grown in New France. A peaceful haven at any time of year, entrance to the garden is free.
In addition to its comprehensive museological programme, the Château Ramezay also offers a captivating selection of activities for the entire family, including various cultural programs designed to highlight Québécois heritage and traditions, school and private tours, seasonal activities, summer day camp for kids, French as a Second Language courses and even birthday parties!
So when it’s time to take a spin through history – or even just to blow out your birthday candles – check out the New France grandeur of the Château Ramezay.