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Temporary exhibitions

Crime and Punishment -
Justice in New France

Crime and Punishment. Justice in New France.

From November 26, 2013 to October 13, 2014

The Château Ramezay’s exhibition – Crime and Punishment – Justice in New France – will give visitors the opportunity to play judge and enforce laws used in the colony in the 17th and 18th centuries. Meet some notorious figures from Quebec’s legal past and learn how they met their fate.

This interactive exhibition will familiarize you with the French justice system of the time. In New France, criminal law complied with the ‘Customs of Paris’ instituted by Louis XIV in 1667. The accused were presumed guilty unless they could prove their innocence, quite the reverse of our system today.

Judge. Artist: Marie-Denise Douyon As an ‘apprentice judge’, you’ll hear several criminal cases that shocked the colony – that of Marie-Josephe-Angelique, for example, a Montreal slave accused of setting fire to 46 houses and the Hotel-Dieu Hospital in 1734. Consider whether the punishments fit the crimes. Compare the sentences of colonial criminals with those imposed nowadays under the Canadian Criminal Code.

On display will be various punishment devices such as a hanging cage, an iron collar, a branding iron and other torture instruments commonly used by the executioner.

Pick a Peck
of Pumpkins!

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins!

From September 13 to November 2, 2014

The Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites young and old to come and discover the world of squashes, with the Pick a Peck of Pumpkins... outdoor exhibition, which will be presented for free in the Governor’s Garden.

Every year, the pumpkin becomes the queen of autumn. However, in so honouring her, we forget about the other members of the squash family that are used in our daily life. They are not only found on our plates, but are also used in beauty products, on stage, as instruments in concerts, and as decorations in dining rooms. Cultivated over 5000 years ago by the Native People, squashes are now present in all continents. What a history to discover!

The Pick a Peck of Pumpkins... exhibition is adapted from the Musée-conservatoire ethnologique de Haute-Provence, Prieuré de Salagon.

For the children...
With a tour designed especially for them, children will get to meet many members of the squash family. With an activity booklet, they will get to meet Reddie, the friendly red pumpkin, and his many cousins. Cucumbers, zucchinis, and patty-pan squashes will reveal their secrets to the young botanists to help them fulfill their follow the clues and solve the mystery!

Squash Tasting
While your kids roam in the garden, taste the diversity offered by the large Cucurbitacea family. Every Sunday of October, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., four uncommon and intriguing squashes are waiting to be tasted. Can you recognize the pulp of the Hungarian blue? Or the surprising taste of the potiron galeux of Eysines? Complete your visit by trying some of the delicious pumpkin soup.

Musée de Salagon

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L'histoire des
marchés publics

L'histoire des marchés publics à Montréal

From July 3 to October 13, 2014

This summer, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites you to discover the evolution of Montréal’s public markets. Produced in collaboration with Marchés Publics de Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal, the free exhibition The History of Public Markets in Montréal is receiving visitors on Place De La Dauversière from July 3 to October 13, 2014.

Since 1676, public markets have played a key role in the Montréal community. First introduced at the time of New France, markets multiplied, reaching the height of their popularity in the 1800s. In addition to being a preferred location for obtaining supplies, they were a favourite place for gathering and entertainment. The public management of the City’s markets contributed to their unique character, which in turn shaped Montréal’s identity. Today, marketplaces are gradually regaining popularity after a decline in favour of supermarkets a few decades ago.

Through maps, illustrations and old photographs, you will discover the layout of the City’s first marketplaces and the traces they have left behind in today’s urban organization. This backlit outdoor exhibition is free and open day and night, from July 3 to October 13 on Place De La Dauversière, located between the Château Ramezay and Place Jacques-Cartier, across from City Hall.

For something a little more contemporary on Place De La Dauversière, the Château is also presenting the installation, Itinerant Pods, a production by North Design Office, as part of the 6th edition Métis-sur-Montréal, in collaboration with Reford Gardens. This installation invites you to take a relaxing stroll through the tranquil setting of Place De La Dauversière from July 3 to October 13, 2014.

Credit :Illustration © Francis Back

Université du Québec à Montréal

Marchés Publics de Montréal


Itinerant Pods ©North Design Office

by North Design Office
Métis-sur-Montréal 2014 

From July 3 to October 13, 2014

As part of the 6th edition of Métis-sur-Montréal, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal and Reford Gardens present Itinerant Pods. This installation created by North Design Office invites you to rest and leisure in the peaceful décor of the place De La Dauversière from July 3 to October 13, 2014.

Itinerant Pods evokes a herd gathered in a pasture in the heart of Montréal’s historic district. These futuristic beasts seem to be lumbering across the site. Their gentle presence encourages passers-by to pause for a moment and appreciate the green oasis around them. Over the seasons, the installation intensifies the connection to surrounding elements through a play of shadows, textures and reflections. The installation becomes an ideal place for conversation, a meditative stroll, a picnic with friends or a festive celebration.

Founded by Pete and Alissa North, North Design Office is a landscape architecture, urbanism and design firm established in Toronto in 2005. Starting from a profound understanding of space, context and community, the firm designs urban environments that have garnered it several prizes across Canada and the United States.

The free installation Itinerant Pods runs from July 3 to October 13 on Place De La Dauversière between the Château Ramezay and Place Jacques-Cartier, across from Montréal’s City Hall. While you are there, visit the exhibition The History of Public Markets in Montréal, presented in the same location.

Reford Gardens, located at the beginning of the Gaspé Peninsula, along the majestic St. Lawrence River, was recently classified a historic monument by the Québec government. It features some 3000 species and varieties of plants in addition to 25 contemporary gardens from the 14th International Garden Festival. Reford Gardens is renowned for its wonderful marriage of horticulture and gastronomy. For more information, visit

Image credit : North Design Office

North Design Office

Reford Gardens

1812: Objects
to Discover

1812: Objects to Discover
In 3 Web Capsules

The Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites you to explore a little-known side of Canadian history. As part of cross-Canada commemorations of the War of 1812, the Museum has produced three web capsules based on items in its collection linked to people and events that marked this decisive event.


The first capsule, on Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, gives the Canadian angle, outlining the rise of the hero of Châteauguay and his august family through objects once in their possession. Artifacts related to the Duke of Kent, a dear friend of Salaberry, and the works of painter and miniaturist Anson Dickinson are also displayed.


The second capsule, on the British angle, focuses on Sir George Prevost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America. The works of influential artists of the period, such as Jean-Baptiste Roy-Audy, and certain military objects, give a better understanding of the British Colony’s defence in the face of an American invasion.


The third capsule, highlighting the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, examines the War of 1812 from the First Nations’ standpoint. The work of artists and illustrators such as Huron painter Zachary Vincent and American artist George Catlin, and key artefacts such as the dagger used by Tecumseh, one of the heroes of 1812, tangibly illustrate the Amerindian side of the question.

This project was made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canadian Heritage. The videos are now available on both our YouTube site and our Internet site.The script was produced by Isabelle Trudeau, with the assistance of military history expert Luc Lépine.

Media and guided tours

Louise Brazeau, Education and Promotion Coordinator

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

Exhibition Information

Christine Brisson,  Registrar and Exhibition Coordinator

Telephone: 514 861-3708 ext. 230 | Fax: 514 861-8317