Activities and Animation


Fall 2018 Lectures Series

Lectures related to the 3 temporary exhibitions commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice

Montréal 14-18Fields of MemoryWAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 1:30 PM


By Bernard Andrès

***In french only***

Duration: 45 minutes, followed by a question period.

The new WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition, produced by Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens was inspired by the letters of WW1 soldier George Stephen Cantlie.  Just as Lt. Col. Cantlie picked wildflowers from the fields of war-torn Europe to send his baby daughter, French-Canadian soldiers also sent home touching testimonials from the Front. A touch of wry humour helped cope with the horrors of battle, bombs and imminent destruction.  Survivors’ instinct distracted from the grimness of their immediate reality.  It was better to laugh than to cry in the face of death.  In the trenches, comradely jokes, flashes of wit about the enemy or their own officers, satirical ditties, war news and caricatures made the rounds. 

Lecturer Bernard Andrès’ book, L’humour des Poilus canadiens-français dans la Grande Guerre is just off the press.  On November 11, he will share excerpts from letters by Paul Caron, Noël and Henri Chassé, Claudius, Corneloup, Joseph Lapointe, Joseph Lavoie and Moïse Martin.  Illustrations from books and periodicals of the period complement the letters.

Bernard Andrès is a writer, lecturer and full professor at the Université de Québec in Montreal.  He is interested in the origins of Quebec literature.  Since 1991, he has headed a research project entitled “Archéologie du litteraire au Québec”.

Lecture included in Museum entrance fee.
In French only.
No reservation required.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

Portrait d'une famille montréalaise en guerre (1914-1918)


For more information, click on the image above or visit Les Belles Soirées

Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

Accrochez votre bas de Noel

Hang your Christmas stocking!

Only the Château Ramezay offers this activity! Children can hang a Christmas stocking by the fireplace and come back in the New Year to see what Santa has left them! (But they’d better be good!)

From December 1st, stockings are on sale for $10 + tax. They can be picked up from January 2.

Atelier de fabrication de pain

Bread making workshop 

To underline the importance of bread in New France and see how it was made, young and old are invited to try their hand at making, baking and tasting some colonial-style, sweet bread.

December 1-2-8-9-15-16-22-23 and 26 to 30 December, 2018 and January 2 to 6, 2019.
From 11:00 am to 3:45 pm
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 © 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 January, 2019 there will be an open house at the Château Ramezay during the recruitment campaign for new volunteer guides (coming date).

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