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Pick a Peck of Pumpkins!

Montréal, September 23, 2020 – Looking for an Outdoor Activity for Children this Fall? 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 onemonth outdoor exhibition presented free of charge in the Governor’s Garden, September 23 to November 1, 2020.

While the children are off exploring, discover multiple uses for squash by going through the paths in the Governor's Garden. 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.

New for Children Aged 8 to 12

This year, we've got a new game for youngsters 8 to 12! Through a set of funny questions, they'll find out what they know about this huge family. The subject may seem obvious to anyone unfamiliar with the Cucurbita, but it should surprise your tweens! They'll need 20 to 30 minutes to find the "key" to a surprise at the Chateau Reception desk.

Always a Favourite

With a tour designed specially for them, children get to meet the amazing squash family. Our free activity booklet introduces 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!

Download and print the activity booklet before your visit.

Don't forget your pencils !

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

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Montréal Landscapes - Power Corporation of Canada Artworks Collection


Note - 2021-01-19 - Now extended until September 6, 2021.

Montréal, July 9, 2020Château RamezayHistoric Site and Museum of Montréal is proud to present « Montréal landscapes - Power Corporation of Canada Artworks Collection ». Thirty paintings of Montréal by 15 different artists will be on display at the Château Ramezay until October 4, 2020. This is a unique chance to see paintings from one of the finest corporate collections in the country.

A Trip in Time

Here is Bonsecours Market, there, Notre Dame Basilica; over here, bystanders are dwarfed by towering silos and passing steam boats. Plunge into the world of Adrien Hébert, George Delfosse, John Little and many others, without even leaving the Château!


Each painting gives a glimpse of the past: a building long-demolished, a landscape from yesteryear. Have you ever seen Côte des Neiges covered in greenery, or Parc Jeanne-Mance when it was known as Fletcher's Field? During the years pictured here, 1870-1972, Montréal was in full expansion, as these works, in various artistic styles, splendidly illustrate. 

A Collection that Honours Canadian Artists

Founded in 1964 by Paul Guy Desmarais, the Power Corporation of Canada collection is considered one of the country’s pre-eminent corporate art collections. Since that date, the Corporation’s acquisition of works by celebrated Canadian artists has aimed to trace the development and reflect the quality and diversity of Canadian art from 1800 to 1970.

The collection places special emphasis upon the artistic themes and approaches that have had the most impact on the development of the various aesthetic movements marking the history of Canadian art. Like that of Canada’s major museums, it is the mission of the Power Corporation collection to make known the excellence and originality of Canadian Art.

The Museum sincerely thanks Power Corporation of Canada as well as the managers of the collection for their generosity, their precious collaboration and this gift that they make to all our visitors.

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Exhibition Highlights the Inuit Role in the Search for the Franklin Expedition

Montreal, February 4, 2020 — The fate of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition was one of the Arctic’s most enduring mysteries, until the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were found in 2014 and 2016. The Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal is pleased to present The Ones We Met – Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition, an exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History and the Inuit Heritage Trust, which explores the role of Inuit oral history in solving that mystery.

“Without the shared memories passed down through generations of Inuit — stories of sick and starving men, and an abandoned ship locked in the ice — we might still be searching for the Franklin Expedition,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “With The Ones We Met, the Canadian Museum of History is proud to bring well-deserved attention to the importance of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, or Inuit traditional knowledge, in keeping history alive and ensuring that critical information is not forgotten.”

The exhibition features photographs, illustrations and an animated map of routes charted by Europeans looking for a Northwest Passage in the 350 years before Franklin’s expedition. Visitors can hear stories of Inuit encounters with Franklin and his men, and of Martin Frobisher’s voyages to Baffin Island in the 1570s. The recordings include the late Inuit historian Louie Kamookak reflecting on the ongoing importance of oral histories and the bleak environment northwest of King William Island, where Franklin’s ships were first trapped by ice.

This exhibition was inspired by the Museum of History’s special exhibition Death in the Ice – The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, which traced Sir John Franklin’s doomed attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage, and the many efforts made over the years to find out what had happened to the British explorer and his 128 crewmen.

The Ones We Met – Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition is a travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Inuit Heritage Trust. Presented in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French — the four official languages of Nunavut — the exhibition will be on display at the Château Ramezay from February 4 to May 24, 2020.

Canadian Museum of History

Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History attracts over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum’s principal role is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture. Work of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

Inuit Heritage Trust

The Inuit Heritage Trust is dedicated to the preservation, enrichment and protection of the Inuit cultural heritage and identity embodied in Nunavut’s archaeological sites, ethnographic resources, and traditional place names. Its activities are based on the principle of respect for the traditional knowledge and wisdom of Inuit Elders. The Trust receives its mandate directly from the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

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