The Château Ramezay invites you to an extraordinary journey into the past within the walls of one of the best preserved vestiges of New France.
Five participative workshops are offered on the following topics :
First Nations :
This workshop, based on a scavenger hunt, allows students to discover the First Nations artefacts of the collection and to familiarize themselves with museum tools such as labels and information panels. Through these objects, students learn how well the First Nations adapted to their environment and knew how to use all the resources at hand while respecting the balance of nature.
Historical People :
Through an association game, students explore the timeline of New France and discover or review the role of the main historical people of that time who left their mark on our history.
The communication during the New France period was very different from today. Student experience quill pen writing and learn about the innumerable intermediaries and variety of means of transportation required to get a message from France to New France.
Fur Trade :
In this workshop, the student impersonates a Voyageur and paddler through the long and challenging journey between Lachine and Lake Athabasca. They also learn about the fur trade and the Voyageur Trade.
Daily Life :
From the interior vaults of the house and museum installations, students discover the daily life of the inhabitants of New France. They will learn about the variety of food, the way food was procured, preserved and cooked in New France and compare it to today.
The cost of this activity can be reimbursed under A Montreal School for All.
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Offered to groups learning English.
Created specifically for students who are learning English, Discovering New France shows students the everyday life of 18th-century Montreal and some historical characteristics of New France. This program employs an approach based on conversation and encourages participants to use their new language competence.
This new program covers four themes that allow students to learn and talk about several aspects of life in New France. These themes are:
Discover the history of Montréal, Québec and Canada through a stimulating and interactive visit, lead by our costumed guides.
To make a reservation, read the directions below, which provide a detailed description of the procedure.
You need to make a reservation Online.
On making a reservation, you will receive an automatic e-mail acknowledgement from the Château Ramezay.
Within 48 hours (or two working days), our reservations team will e-mail you to confirm your visit. A confirmation form will be attached for signature.
We must be informed of any change in the number of visitors, whether more or less, at least three days prior to your visit.
No payment is necessary at the time of the reservation.
Unless we are advised to the contrary, an invoice will be e-mailed to you following your visit.
If you prefer to pay on the day of your visit, please note that we accept any of the following: cash, debit cards, Visa or Mastercard, commercial and personal cheques (addressed to Château Ramezay Museum).
There is a minimum charge of 10 people for all group reservations.
There is no penalty for cancellations received at least 10 working days prior to the date of your planned visit.
For cancellations less than 10 days before your visit, a charge of 50 % of your reservation will be imposed for reservations made between July and February and 100 %, for reservations made between March and June.
Buses may unload children on Notre-Dame St. in front of the Château. While the visit is in progress, they can park on St. Antoine St. East, opposite the City Hall, or in the Old Port (paid parking).
We request you arrive 10 minutes before activities begin so that the visit can get underway promptly. Tardiness may necessitate a change to the proposed program (shortening or eliminating one or several activities, depending on the situation).
Please arrive by the main entrance of the Château. Students will enter the building by small groups, each consisting of 11 children (maximum). We strongly suggest students be divided into sub-groups before you arrive. Please note that groups may be modified on arrival at the Château. We request you to spread potentially disruptive students among the different groups unless you wish to keep them under your direct supervision throughout the visit.
Children may leave their coats at the coat-check before setting off for the starting point, accompanied by their guide.
At the reception desk, those responsible for the group will be asked to confirm the number of students present by initializing the confirmation sheet.
Please note that we have an indoor dining area at the Museum, where your students can bring and eat their lunch.
This option can be added to your visit reservation, at the extra cost of $1/student.
If you would like to ensure the availability of our dining space for your visit, kindly indicate in the comment section of the reservation form that you would like to make use of this option.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or make special requests by communicating with us by email at the following address: email@example.com
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