© Château Ramezay - Historic site and museum of Montreal, photo : Michel Pinault


From its inception in 1862, the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society began its collection with donations from Montrealers, including members of the Society itself. This collection is characterized by the richness,rarity and diversity of its pieces. Estimated at nearly 30,000 objects, it can be subdivided into several categories: manuscripts, printed material, numismatics, ethnology, works of art, prints, paintings, furniture, etc. which bear exceptional witness to our history.

Art Collection

This collection includes more than 2,000 drawings, prints, paintings and etchings representing Canadian landscapes and portraits of influential people in the history of our country. Most of the major artists who have worked in Montréal are represented.

Amerindian Ethnological Collection

This collection of more than 700 objects includes, among others, artefacts from important archaeological digs such as the Lanoraie and Dawson sites. It also includes items from every region of Canada, from the Laurentian valley to the Pacific coast.

Quebec Ethnological collection

Including more than 2,000 objects, this collection marvellously illustrates the daily lives of Canadians in the 18th and 19th centuries. The P. P. Martin fond, with more than 600 objects, speaks of the private and business life of a rich Montréal merchant at the end of the 19th century.

Numismatic collection

From the Saint-Louis Cross to trade medals, this collection exceeds 8,000 items. It also includes numerous numismatic items from Canada and various countries.


With more than 13,000 titles, this collection includes many examples of Canadiana, novels, essays, old magazines and journals. The manuscript archive includes some 4,000 items, which are mostly kept at the Archives nationales du Québec in Montréal.

Photographic collection

More than 2,000 photographs illustrate the daily lives of Montrealers. From the Notman Studios to the anonymous photographer, these documents are unique witnesses to the activities of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Digital artwork and object reproduction

The Château Ramezay's collections department is responsible for visually documenting the objects that are part of its collections. Its image bank includes black and white and color photographs, diachromes, 35 mm slides and digital images.

Digital offer

The Château offers the possibility of requesting a digital reproduction may it be for research purposes, for a publication or for personal use. The department also deals with releasing its objects from copyright issues for a more precise use.

Ask about the different formats and mounts available.

Take note that:

  • The Château reserves the right to refuse the reproduction of an artwork.
  • Prices vary depending on the availability of the artwork, the format and resolution of the image.

For information, please contact: Christine Brisson, Head - Collections and Exhibitions

The recent change in the digital collections management system of the Château Ramezay was made possible thanks to financial support from Canadian Heritage, through its Museums Assistance Program.

To make a donation of object, click here.



Christine Brisson, Head – Collections and Exhibitions

Judith Berlyn, Archivist | Librarian  
If you are interested in our library or our archives, please note our librarian-archivist only works part-time. Kindly leave a message for her at 514-861-3708, local 221.