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Cultural Programme

Cultural Programme

Our Winter 2016 cultural programme is now over. Come back to this web page in a few weeks for more information about our Summer activities.

Past lectures

This year's lecture topics are all about women's history.

Francine Descarries © Émilie Tournevache au Service de l'audiovisuel (UQAM)

Monday, February lst, 2016, 1:30 pm

La petite et la grande histoire des femmes qui ont bâti Montréal

Admission: free for Friends of the Museum, and 5$ for visitors.


Françoise Nicolas

Monday, February 15, 2016, 1:30 pm

Agathe de Saint-Père : femme d'affaires au 17siècle

Admission: free for Friends of the Museum, and 10$ for visitors (include access to the exhibitions).


Suzanne Gousse

Monday, March 7, 2016, 1:30 pm

Être couturière à Montréal au 18e siècle : pratique d’un métier trop peu connu

Admission: free for Friends of the Museum, and 5$ for visitors.

Lecture presented in French.


Sherry Olson Sherry Olson

Monday, March 21, 2016, 1:30 pm

Building Montreal: The hundred roles of Irish women in the nineteenth century

All of the Miss and Mrs Ryans, as well as their husbands and children, were part of Ms Olson and her team sample of the fast-growing population of nineteenth-century Montréal. All of these women, in various ways, helped to make Montréal the city we live in today. At the start of her research project (which took 25 years) they were studying infant death rates. Crowding, hard labour, and urban dirt threatened infants, but survival of the Ryan babies was better-than-average. How did they manage that?

Lecture presented in English.

Admission: free for Friends of the Museum, and 5$ for visitors.

Lectures will be followed by coffee and a questions period. 

Carignan-Salières 350th 

350th Anniversary of Carignan-Salières Regiment

A variety of commemorative activities, including historical and genealogical exhibits and activities organized jointly by the Château Ramezay and the Commission franco-québécoise sur les lieux de mémoire commun (CFQLMC) will be held this year. Their joint objective is to highlight this regiment’s key role in defending and colonizing New France.

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June 21, 2015

© Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal Château Ramezay is taking advantage of National Aboriginal Day and Father’s Day to commemorate the arrival of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, the “fathers” of some one million men and women today!

Starting at 12:30 p.m., the first 50 fathers to arrive at the Château to attend our talks or visit our temporary exhibition highlighting the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Regiment, will receive a free advance copy of the summer issue of our journal, Cap-aux-Diamants, devoted to this subject.

To mark National Aboriginal Day, the two proposed talks will address French-Iroquois relations and the peace treaties signed at the time. In the 17th century, the Carignan-Salières Regiment was dispatched to New France to deal with the deep tensions between these two groups. This military mission had a major impact on relations and ushered in 20 years of peace. 

Jean-François Lozier, curator of the French North America collection at the Candian Museum oh History, will offer a fresh look at the events from 1665 to 1667, from the perspective of Aboriginal alliances. He will provide nuance to the standard narrative of the adventures and misadventures of this famous regiment, asking us to consider the scope of French dependence and the challenges of learning Aboriginal forms of warfare. This rereading of history will also shed new light on the scope of the peace concluded in July 1667 between the Five Nations. This talk will be given in French.

Author and history consultant Darren Bonaparte, of Iroquois origin, will address diplomatic relations, alliances and treaties from an Iroquois perspective. This talk will be given in English.

Both talks will be followed by a bilingual question period.

The afternoon will end with the official launch of the summer 2015 issue of the journal Cap-aux-Diamants, entitled “Les 350 ans du régiment de Carignan-Salières”.

Interpreters in period costume, bearing the armaments typical of the Carignan-Salières Regiment will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions. 

The talks begin at 1:30 pm and are included in the Museum’s entrance fee: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, tax included. 

Looking for an original activity to enjoy with your father, the history buff? Look no further!

For more information: 

2014-06-03 - Certificats aux descendants à l’occasion du 350e anniversaire de l’arrivée au Canada du régiment de Carignan-Salières (in French only)

2014-03-03 - 350e de l’arrivée du régiment de Carignan-Salières : Déjà plusieurs organisations s’associent aux commémorations (in French only)

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Open House

Open House © Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal Photo : Michel Pinault

Did you know that nearly 100 volunteers work at the Château Ramezay every day? They give tours of the museum wearing their period costumes and convey to visitors their enthusiasm for history. From 10 am to 2 pm on September 26, 2016, there will be an open house at the Château Ramezay during the recruitment campaign for new volunteer guides.

It’s an opportunity to visit the museum and chat with and enjoy the company of experienced guides while learning about the volunteer programs available. Being a volunteer guide at the Château Ramezay is an opportunity to teach others about history and be part of a dynamic group of enthusiastic people. The Ramezay Guides Associations regularly organizes social activities for its members, as well as dinners and visits to other cultural institutions. Training for prospective guides is provided by experienced guides, who enthusiastically share their knowledge.

Each year, the Château Ramezay welcomes thousands of visitors of all kinds. There are students (from elementary to university level), many groups of newcomers improving their language skills, and an increasing number of Québec and foreign tourists who want to learn more about the history of Montréal and Québec.

If you are looking for an interesting and rewarding way to spend your free time, at the Château Ramezay you’ll have an opportunity to do volunteer work, tailored to enthusiastic personalities.

Spring Break

Spring Break 2016

Breadmaking Workshops for the Whole Family! © Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal Photo : Michel Pinault

Baking workshops were such a success last Holiday season, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal is again inviting families to try their hand at bread making. This spring break, give children a culinary experience with an historical flavour!

Bread takes only a few ingredients! Churn your butter, add starter and flour! Sprinkle it with sugar and dried fruit and you’ve got a tasty snack to share among friends! While the bread is baking, explore Montreal’s history! Visit our permanent exhibition or check our current exhibition's data base to find out if any of your ancestors were part of the Carignan-Salières regiment, 350 years ago.

No reservations are needed, just visit the Museum February 28 to March 6, 2016, 11:30 am to 3:45 pm. Exceptionally, the Château will be open Monday, February 29 during spring break. The workshop runs continuously. Young and old are welcome!

Additional Information :

Duration : Allow 20 to 30 minutes for the bread making and an additional 20 minutes for baking. The last workshop will start at 3:45 pm.

Cost : This activity is included in the price of admission (Adult : $10, Child : $5, Senior : $9, Family : $22)

Notes : Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults unaccompanied by children may also participate.

Birthday Party

If you'd like to try bread making but are not available during spring break, please note this activity is available weekends as part of the children's parties option. Contact for more information or to make a reservation.

Suivez le chef!

Suivez le chef!

From March 6 to May 1st, 2016 - And now also May 15!

Reserve today at (514) 861-3708, ext. 221.

Suivez le chef! - Circuit historique et gastronomique Château Ramezay and its restaurant partners invite you to partake in Suivez le Chef!, an exploration of Montreal’s culinary history. Re-discover Old Montreal with a tour led by costumed actors who’ll give you an appetite for history and a new appreciation for what’s on your plate! Now in their fifth year, these French-language tours run every Sunday, from March 6th to May 1st inclusive.

Start off with the architecture:

Many buildings in Old Montreal, whether stores, warehouses, restaurants, snack-bars, markets and gardens, have some connection to food. Focusing on different locations, our guides will explain the origin of many different traditions which have come to influence food preparation over the past three hundred years.

You’ll meet Claude Maupoint, Governor Claude Ramezay’s chef, who arrived from France in the early 18th century. He’ll learn how political and cultural changes came to influence culinary customs over the years. As you can imagine, he’ll make one surprising discovery after another --- you may do, too!

This historical and gastronomic tour is offered by reservation only and costs $15 per adult. Suivez le Chef! will take you from appetizer to dessert in approximately two hours. No matter the weather, our intrepid actors lead the way while participating restaurants stand by with tempting bites of history.

Reserve today at (514) 861-3708, ext. 221.

Grateful thanks to our faithful restaurant partners: Les Filles du Roy, Les 3 Brasseurs, Délices Érable & Cie, Café des Arts, Usine de Spaghetti du Vieux-Montréal and Auberge Saint-Gabriel.

Staging by Danilo Vergara, assisted by Sylvain Bissonnette. Performances by Danilo Vergara, Anaïs Thomas and Mathilde Rochette-Braün.

Additional Information:

Reservations: By phone: (514) 861-3708, ext. 221. Payment required at time of reservation.

Length of tour: Approximately 2 hours.

N.B.: Approximately two-thirds of the tour takes place outdoors.

Make sure to wear clothing that is temperature-appropriate.

Tour involves some stairs and requires standing most of the time.

This tour is intended for an adult audience.

Information on food: Tastings will include alcohol and meat.


Louise Brazeau, Head - Education and Promotion

Telephone: 514 861-3708 ext. 229 | Fax: 514 861-8317