Hochelaga, Ville-Marie, Montréal
Hochelaga, Ville-Marie and Montréal invites you to discover the history of Montréal, Québec, and Canada from Amerindian prehistory to the early 20th century.
Throughout the exhibition, you will find unique artefacts, witnesses to the daily lives of the people who inhabited the region. As you travel through time, you will pass through the Salle de Nantes, an opulent room noted for its magnificent mahogany panels which date back to the 18th century.
Life in Montréal in the 18th Century
Life in Montréal in the 18th Century is presented in the vaults of the Château Ramezay, where the solid, thick-walled structure dominates the space as it did 250 years ago.
At that time, the area occupied by Montréal houses was confined to what we now call Old Montréal. However, Montréal was a city at the crossroads of important trade routes. Throughout the years, its history was influenced by the Native People, the French, the British, and the Americans.
Built in the 18th century under the French regime, the Château Ramezay is one of the few witnesses to that era accessible to visitors: come discover the ambiance of the enchanting vaults and observe day-to-day life in 18th century Montréal.
Discover the evolution of the Château Ramezay with the brand new multimedia circuit. Claude de Ramezay, Gilles Hocquart, Benjamin Franklin and Lady Whitworth-Aylmer, among others, will tell all kinds of fascinating memories about this centuries-old building.
From the first residence built for the governor of Montréal in 1705 until now, the Château has been the privileged witness of Montréal’s history. It lived through the changes of Old Montréal and played a role in significant events of our past. Come listen… the walls have stories to tell!
The multimedia circuit is offered in six languages.