Activities and Animation


Lectures related to the temporary exhibition

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition


Winter 2019 Lectures Series

Free for members, 5$ for non-members. No reservation required.

Monday, January 21, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Fleurs D'ARMES: À la découverte de la botanique de fleurs oubliées

by Céline Arseneault, botanist archivist for the exhibition WAR Flowers (in French)

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Monday, February 11, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Julia Drummond and the Great War

by Elizabeth Kirkland (in English)

Photo of Julia Drummond ©Château Ramezay – Museum and Historic Site of Montréal

Following behind the first contingent of Canadian troops sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Lady Julia Drummond moved herself to London in the autumn of 1914 where she spent the duration of the war contributing her time, wealth, and expertise to the War effort. While there she established the Information Bureau of the Canadian Red Cross as well as the Maple Leaf Clubs, which offered shelter to Canadian soldiers and officers on leave in the city. This work positioned her as an expert within the Canadian ex-pat community in London where she circulated in the highest circles of influence and culminated in a very public debate with Sir Samuel Hughes.

In the midst of her tireless patriotic and philanthropic work, she herself experienced the horror of the war in very intimate ways. This presentation will consider Julia Drummond as a citizen, an activist, and, most powerfully, as a mother.  

Elizabeth Kirkland, Ph.D. History McGill University, is a full-time member of the teaching faculty at Dawson College in the Department of History and Classics. She has two current research projects on the go through the support of the Montreal History Group.  The first looks at the experiences of mourning and grief in Montreal following the First World War. The second explores the political engagement of women prior to the Federal and Provincial franchises being extended to women. In particular, she is exploring the Montreal municipal elections which were open to some women by 1889.  Women, she is finding, were far from politically passive in those years! 

Monday, February 25, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Montreal at the Front – Personalities of the Great War

by Alexander Reford, historian and director of Reford Gardens (in English)

Alexander Reford, director of Reford Gardens

Alexander Reford turned his attention to Montreal at the front to prepare background material for the exhibition War Flowers / Fleurs D’ARMES. Through the eyes of the ten characters chosen for the exhibition, he will explore the impact of the First World War on Montreal and Montrealers.

Montreal was far distant from the battlefields of the Western Front during the First World War. But the war had significant impact on Montreal. It emptied the city of many of its young men for the duration of the war. The port and the city’s factories became part of the effort across the Empire to provide the ships, munitions, food and horses to feed the war effort. The First World War also brought to the boil debates and disputes that had been simmering for decades. Women got the vote and helped elect a Unionist government. But the lasting effects of conscription crippled the Conservative Party for decades.

McGill was prominent in the war. Students were among the most enthusiastic supporters of the war effort. Many graduates assumed positions of leadership in the Canadian Contingent. Captain John McRae was one of many McGill surgeons to offer emergency medical services to the wounded; he was one of thousands of Montrealers who did not return.

Historian and author of several books, Alexander Reford is the director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, the producer of War Flowers / Fleurs D’ARMES.

Monday, March 11, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

Conférence Olfactive -  Fleurs d'ARMES : une narration immersive et émotive à travers l'art du parfum

by Alexandra Bachand, perfume artist for WAR Flowers exhibition and co-founder of La Grange du Parfumeur (in French)

La Grange du Parfumeur

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Monday, March 25, 2019, at 1:30 P.M.

1917 : La crise de la conscription canadienne dans son contexte global

by Carl Bouchard, professor in the department of history of UdeM and CÉRIUM research fellow (in French)

Carl Bouchard

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Spring Break

Activity during the Spring Break

Atelier de fabrication de pain pour la semaine de relâche

Bread making workshop 

Here’s your chance for a culinary experience with a 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 with friends! While the bread is baking, explore Montréal’s history! Visit our permanent exhibition or check out the ongoing WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition.

March 3 to 10, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost : workshop included in the museum's entrance fee

Suivez le Chef !

Suivez le Chef!

Available on reservation for groups of up to 30 people

The tour is offered in French

In the company of a guide and Governor Ramezay's head chef, Claude Maupoint, direct from the 18th century, you'll discover - in just a few blocks - how flavours and culinary trends have evolved, from the arrival of the first Europeans to the present day.

Did you know that food practices of the past shape our landscape? Warehouses, restaurant, markets... The very layout of our cities and many of our buildings are intimately linked to what we eat, and bear witness today to our food practices of yesterday. Old Montréal is peppered with traces of the culinary delights of times past!

Be warned! This tour is sure to tantalized your taste buds... But don't worry! We've partnered with some well-known restaurateurs in the area who will offer you special discounts and exclusive promotions - for a value greater than the price of your ticket!

Note the following "ingredients" :
•  Make sure to be there a couple of minutes before that time.
• The tour lasts from 90 to 120 minutes and is presentend in French.
• Weather will not get in the way! Please dress appropriately; most of the tour is outdoors.
• You will be standing most of the tour and will have to use stairs sometimes during the visit.
• A few tasty treats will be offered at the beginning and end of the tour. These will include alcool and meat.
• Suggestion : plan a little extra time so that you can continue your discovery of Old Montréal after the tour!

Book for a group!

Group tours are available in November under reservation
Wednesday to Friday at 10:00 am and Saturday at 2:00 pm
Cost : 550 $ + taxes
Maximum 30 persons. No minimum.

Reserve online at or by phone at 514 861-3708 ext. 229

This activity was developped with the support of the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.

Tour Partner

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Open House

Open House

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. On January 28, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., there will be an open house at the Château Ramezay during the recruitment campaign for new volunteer guides.

Volunteer - Open House

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.


Louise Brazeau, Head - Education and Promotion

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