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Temporary exhibitions

Carving Out a Nation

Carving Out a Nation - Illustration: Soldat du régiment de Carignan-Salières © Francis Back


Presented November 19, 2014 to November 20, 2015

Produced in collaboration with historian and archivist Michel Langlois, the exhibition traces the lives of officers and soldiers from the Carignan-Salières regiment and De Tracy's troops as they set out to carve a nation. Follow them on this great human adventure that marked not only Québec’s place names but also its patronyms and its people. Why did they come? What did they achieve? How were they equipped to face the Iroquois, not to mention Québec’s winters? Learn the answers to these questions and find out whether you are a descendant of one of these soldiers, by consulting our genealogical database.

The Carignan-Salières Regiment

The arrival of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, accompanied by De Tracy’s companies, marks an important moment in Canadian history. In 1665, 1300 soldiers landed in the small colony of barely 3000 inhabitants to establish peace with the Iroquois who were terrorizing the colonists. But this was not their sole aim: Louis XIV hoped the soldiers would settle in New France. Indeed, some 400 elected to stay, thereby saving the colony and becoming the forefathers of thousands of Quebecers and other North Americans.

A whole year of festivities and commemorations

More than 20 Québec municipalities owe their names to soldiers in the Carignan-Salières Regiment. In 2015, activities will be offered across the province to highlight their role in Québec’s history. The event will also be celebrated in France, the homeland of the soldiers who came to protect the colony and further its development. Follow our Facebook page on the 350th anniversary as well as our website for the latest news and the complete program of the festivities.


Few books feature the Carignan-Salières Regiment. As part of this anniversary, Marcel Fournier and Michel Langlois have written a concise book that assembles the most up-to-date historical and genealogical facts about the Regiment and De Tracy’s troops. It is the perfect reference book for anyone interested in Québec genealogy or history, published by Éditions Histoire-Québec.

Was your ancestor part of the Carignan-Salières regiment or the De Tracy's companies?

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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.


Métis-sur-Montréal - Lambmowers

From May 23 to October 12, 2015

© Nicolas Haeni

As part of the 7th edition of Métis-sur-Montréal, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal and the Reford Gardens present ‟The Sheep Mowers”, a series of installations at once practical and amusing. These agricultural accessories will enhance the well-being of the sheep who will mow the lawns previously maintained by a fleet of lawnmowers and Reford Gardens staff.

This project was conceived and built by 2nd year students in the Bachelor Industrial Design from ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Switzerland. A selection of the installations and photographs by Nicolas Haeni will be exhibited in the open air on the place De La Dauversière in Old Montréal.

Tourism in Québec in the Era of the Automobile

Tourism in Québec in the Era of the Automobile

Until October 12, 2015

© Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal

The exhibition covers the development of tourism from the advent of the automobile in the early 20th century, until the 1970’s. A car trip today is a routine event but a century ago, the switch from the train to the automobile offered heady new freedom! Automobiles redefined the notion of travel by presenting a vast choice of itineraries. Suddenly, you could tour at your own speed and stop wherever you felt like it. Importantly, automobiles introduced Quebecers to a new sort of travel: self-guided tourism!

The exhibition’s themes and content are based on the doctoral thesis of Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert, À travers le pare-brise : la création des territoires touristiques à l’ère de l’automobile (Québec et Ontario, 1920 – 1967), (Through the Windscreen: the Creation of Regional Tourism in the Automobile Era). It was completed in 2013 under the direction of Professor Michèle Dagenais, University of Montréal.

Tourism in Québec in the Era of the Automobile is presented free of charge on Place De La Dauversière, between the Château Ramezay and Place Jacques-Cartier, opposite Montréal City Hall, until October 12, 2015.

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins!

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins!

© Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal

From September 12 to November 1st, 2015

To come and discover the world of squash, 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 5 000 years ago by the Native People, squash 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 squash 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 squash 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.

Media and guided tours

Louise Brazeau, Education and Promotion Coordinator

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