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Temporary exhibitions

As seen by Poirier 

As seen by Poirier - Montreal before, during and after the Second World War

Until November 3, 2019

On Le Royer and Saint-Claude streets, behind the Château’s garden, between Place Jacques-Cartier and Marché Bonsecours.


Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal presents the exhibition
As seen by Poirier - Montréal before, during and after the Second World War. This summer, discover the daily lives of Montrealers in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, through carefully selected photographs by photographer Conrad Poirier.

Let the photographs of Conrad Poirier immerse you in his Montréal, the city before, during and after the Second World War. Discover works illustrating sports and cultural scenes, and other more intimate and ephemeral moments of Montrealers of all ages and social classes. You’ll meet the gaze of Jackie Robinson, imagine you can hear the songs of Charles Trenet, and surprise Montrealers in the middle of their move, with comments by historian Jean-François Nadeau.

A photographer of his time

A pioneer of photojournalism in Québec, Conrad Poirier is best known for his published photographs in major newspapers and magazines of the time, including Le Samedi, The Gazette, The Montrealer, La Presse and La Revue populaire. Poirier specialized in capturing little moments in daily life.

A meticulous selection

Historian, journalist, and photography lover, Jean-François Nadeau selected and commented on 18 photographs chosen from among 23 000 images captured by the artist and that now belong to the public domain. This is the second time he has collaborated with Château Ramezay for an exhibition of this kind. In summer 2017, Château Ramezay exhibited reproductions from his book Montrealers: A Story in Portraits (Juniper Publishing).

Each summer, Château Ramezay offers a selection of archival photographs on Le Royer and Saint-Claude streets. This free outdoor photo exhibition runs until November 3, 2019, behind the Château’s garden, between Place Jacques-Cartier and Marché Bonsecours.

WAR Flowers

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition

Until January 5, 2020

An Innovative, Multi-Sensorial Exhibition Exploring Human Nature in the Landscape of War through Floriography, Sculpture and Scent

During the First World War (1914-18) Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie picked flowers from the fields and gardens of war-torn Europe, pressing and drying them within a book. Every day, he sent one flower home, along with a short, affectionate note to one of his children, including his one-year-old baby daughter Celia in Montreal, so that, as she grew up, she would have something to remember him by in the event he didn’t survive that terrible war.

Flash forward. A century has passed, and with it all living memory of the First World War. But Cantlie’s letters and flowers have been preserved and ultimately passed to his granddaughter, the late Elspeth Angus, in Montreal, who lovingly preserved them in a special red box. And that’s where, four years ago, a Canadian filmmaker, Viveka Melki, toher utter amazement, first encountered them, speaking to her from the past, and the germ of an idea was born in Melki’s mind.

Now, more than one hundred years after he picked the flowers, and on the 100th anniversary of the end of that horrific conflict, Cantlie’s touching wartime ritual can be experienced anew in WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition, now running through January 5. 2020 at Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montreal.

Melki has reinterpreted ten of Cantlie’s flowers using floriography, a Victorian-era method of communicating meaning and emotion through flowers, to tell a larger story of human nature in the landscape of war.

As conceived by Melki, the exhibition is comprised of ten stations, representing ten of her core beliefs about the nature of war. Each station showcases a different flower picked by Cantlie and draws on his wartime letters, exhibited publicly for the first time. Actual artifacts of the First World War era complement each station.

For each station, optical crystal sculptures created by award-winning Toronto-based artist Mark Raynes Roberts portray scenes that illustrate different aspects of human nature, while scents at each station developed by Magog, Quebec, olfactory specialist and perfumer Alexandra Bachand evoke memory.

Optical Crystal Sculpture - Mark Raynes Roberts

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition is produced by Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens 

Reford Gardens

The exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of 

the Government of Canada and many private partners and individual donors.

WAR Flowers - A Touring Art Exhibition

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.

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins!

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins!

Until November 3, 2019

The pattypan squashes. Our strange shapes and varied colours make us very decorative. The Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites young and old to discover the world of squash with Pick a Peck of Pumpkins, a one-month outdoor exhibition presented free of charge in the Governor’s Garden, until November 3, 2019. 

Every year, pumpkins dominate autumn, sometimes overshadowing humbler members of the squash family, which have many everyday uses. Look for squash not only at mealtimes, but in beauty products and as percussion instruments and decorative items. Cultivated for over 5,000 years, squash are now native to every continent.

Something for the whole family

With a tour designed specially for them, children will get to meet many members of the squash family. A free activity booklet will introduce them to Reddy, the friendly red pumpkin, and his many cousins. Cucumbers, zucchinis and patty-pan squash join force to help young botanists track down the mystery word!

While the children are off exploring, discover multiple uses for squash by going through the paths in the Governor's Garden. This is the last time this popular exhibition will be presented at the Chateau, so don't miss it!

The Pick a Peck of Pumpkins exhibition originated at the Musée-conservatoire ethnologique de Haute-Provence, Prieuré de Salagon.

Check out our permanent exhibitions as well!

Media and guided tours

Louise Brazeau, Education and Promotion Coordinator