Activities and Animation

Historical quiz

Paddle through the Ages in Old Montréal

Two animators in period costume will be waiting on Place Jacques-Cartier to put your skills to the test! Find answers to their questions about the activities that have left their mark on this square over the centuries! It's your chance for a quick trip back in time!


• January 2018 : 2 to 7
• Spring Break 2018 : March 3 to 11
• March and April 2018 : Every weekend

Activity offered from noon to 4 p.m.

*Will be canceled in extreme temperatures

Financing for this project has been made possible through the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, the City of Montréal and the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications.

Spring Break

Breadmaking Workshop

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 among friends! While the bread is baking, explore Montreal’s history! Visit our permanent exhibition or check our current exhibition about Montréal's archeological findings Unearthing Montréal’s luminous past : A living archeological legacy!. If the weather is fine, you will also find two animators in period costume waiting for you at Place Jacques-Cartier for our historical quiz Paddle through the ages..

No reservations are needed, just visit the Museum March 4 to March 11, 2018, 11:00 am to 3:45 pm. Exceptionally, the Château will be open Monday, March 5 during spring break. The workshop runs continuously. Young and old are welcome!

Additional Information :
Duration : Allow 20 to 30 minutes for the bread making and an additional 20 minutes for baking. The last workshop will start at 3:45 pm.

Cost : This activity is included in the price of admission (Adult : $11, Child : $5,75, Senior : $10, Family : $26,50)

Notes : Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults unaccompanied by children may also participate.

Birthday Party
If you'd like to try bread making but are not available during spring break, please note this activity is available weekends as part of the children's parties option.  For more information or to make a reservation


Cultural program - 2018

Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Free for friends of the Château / $5 for visitors

January 29 (in french) 

De rempart en rempart:

quelques découvertes récentes au Fort Lennox et Fort Saint-Jean

Gina Vincelli, archeologist with Artefactual, Work Co-Op, presents the most recent findings regarding Fort Lennox and Fort St. Jean in the Richelieu Valley.

February 12 (in english)

Archeological excavations at Canada’s first parliament building :

Discoveries and prospects

The site of the first parliament building was extensively excavated in Montreal during summer 2017. Archeologist Hendrik Van Gijseghem, project manager for Pointe à Callières Museum, highlights some fascinating discoveries about this oft-overlooked architectural treasure.

February 26 (in french)

Pointe-aux-Trembles, village palissadé

Contrary to popular thought, palisaded villages were uncommon in New France. There were only three in the Montreal vicinity: La Prairie, Boucherville, and Pointe aux Trembles. Using Pointe-aux-Trembles as an example, Archeologist Simon Santerre shows how palisades had a direct influence on village structure as well as how inhabitants interacted with each other.

March 12 (in french)

L’île Saint-Bernard, Châteauguay : bilan de quatre ans de fouilles archéologique

Archeologist Adrian Burke will describe Ile Saint-Bernard’s many uses over the centuries, gleaned from four years’ excavations of the site. His presentation will demonstrate the island’s enduring importance to the cultural, social and political scene of the greater Montreal area.

March 26 (in french)

Le site archéologique Dawson au centre-ville : de nouvelles données après un siècle et demi de débats

Archeologist Roland Tremblay presents unpublished data on the famous Dawson site in downtown Montréal, the first archeological site recognized and excavated as such in Quebec. In 2016/17, archeologists took advantage of road repairs to Sherbrooke Street to cast a modern scientific eye on the few intact remains. New data and excavation methods have updated knowledge of this significant site.

Open House

Open House © Château Ramezay – Musée et site historique de Montréal Photo : Michel Pinault

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. In September 2018, there will be an open house at the Château Ramezay during the recruitment campaign for new volunteer guides.

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