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Temporary exhibitions

Unearthing Montréal's luminous past

Unearthing Montréal's luminous past: a living archeological legacy!

Presented until September 3rd, 2018 by:

Inspired by the publication Lumières sous la ville : Quand l’archéologie raconte Montréal, and for the City’s 375th anniversary, the Château Ramezay is presenting an exhibit featuring the archeology of Montréal.  Visitors will have an opportunity to get a close-up look at some of the artifacts which illustrate the lives of those who have lived on this island, from prehistoric Aboriginal peoples to industrial era Montrealers.

This book, published in fall 2016 by Recherches amérindiennes du Québec, was written under the direction of archeologists Anne-Marie Balac and François C. Bélanger.

The book is available for purchase at the Château Ramezay's bookstore.


Traces - First waterways

From July 3 to October 9, 2017

Château Ramezay – Museum and Historical Site of Montréal and Jardins de Métis present Traces – First Waterways in the ninth edition of Métis-sur-Montréal. Artist William Vazan invites you to follow the path of the First Peoples along lost waterways in an installation presented at Place De La Dauversière from July 3 through October 9, 2017.

Traces – First Waterways, inspired by garden mazes, channels the multiple streams that wound through the island of Montréal before the arrival of Europeans. These rivulets, long since erased from the landscape by urbanization, infrastructure, and drought, are etched into the grass of Place De La Dauversière. The artist hopes to inspire those who experience the piece to ponder, “what the pre-colonial territory looked like when the Amerindians crossed the island of Montréal by river on a web of waterways.” Visitors to this installation at the heart of historic Old Montréal are encouraged to meander these paths that once flowed from the island.

William Vazan is a Canadian artist who has lived and worked in Montréal since 1957. He is internationally renowned for his “land art” practice, and distinguishes himself by working directly onsite, in nature, parks, and public spaces. Vazan is a canonical figure in Quebec’s conceptual art scene; his large-scale projects focus on expressing memories of places and the marks humans have left behind.

Traces – First Waterways is presented for free from July 3 to October 9 at Place De La Dauversière, located between Château Ramezay and Place Jacques-Cartier, in front of Montréal City Hall.


Montrealers - A story in portraits

Presented until October 9, 2017

© Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal, Fond Conrad Poirier, P48, S1, P6854

Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, in collaboration with Éditions de l’Homme and Le Devoir, present the outdoor exhibition Montrealers – A Story in Portraits, drawn from the book of the same title by Jean-François Nadeau. This exhibition will be held on Le Royer and Saint-Claude streets, right behind the Château Garden.

Beyond images
Just a few metres from the clamour of Place Jacques-Cartier, in the heart of the historic quarter, travel back in time. Let the meticulously selected photographs elicit in you the sounds, smells and feelings that they evoke: those of a young Montréal, a multifaceted Montréal that has evolved along with those who inhabit it, who live it, who are inhabited by it. It’s a rendezvous with moments in the history of Montreal, an intimate encounter with its residents of all ages and diverse origins. Multiple histories captured in the streets or in the studio by photographers—known and anonymous—from the early beginnings of photography right through to the mid-1970s.

Historian, political scientist and photography enthusiast, Jean-François Nadeau is assistant news editor for the daily paper Le Devoir, after having long been its culture editor. He is a regular on ICI Radio-Canada Première, where people tune in to listen to his history columns. He collaborated on this exhibition as author of the book Montrealers, published in October 2016 by Éditions de l’Homme.

This free outdoor photography exhibition runs until October 9, 2017, on Le Royer and Saint-Claude streets, behind the Château Ramezay Garden.

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 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.

Check out our permanent exhibitions as well!

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Louise Brazeau, Education and Promotion Coordinator

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