Montreal, March 9, 2022 – The Château Ramezay – Historic and Museum Site of Montreal presents a duo of exhibitions with a focus on the history of the Far North. “Inuit Worlds – the collection of Saladin d’Anglure” and “Roald Amundsen – Lessons from the Arctic” reveal a myriad of unique stories from our polar territory and its inhabitants.
Inuit Worlds – the collection of Saladin d’Anglure offers a captivating perspective on a worldview where humans, animals and the invisible live in symbiosis and share the first role. As part of the anthropologist Bernard Saladin d’Anglure, forty Inuit objects will be unveiled as of March 10.
Visitors will have the chance to immerse themselves in the traditional Inuit lifestyle and spirituality by observing clothes, tools and many more objects of daily life. People of all ages are invited to learn more about practices based on sustenance, semi-nomadism and the nordic ecosystem.
Seldom revealed to larger audiences, the artifacts are part of an exceptional donation from the researcher to the Université Laval in Quebec City, the same institution that created the exhibition. Between 1960 and 2000, the renowned anthropologist collected more than 350 pieces during his numerous trips to Nunavik and Nunavut.
Inuit Worlds is produced by the Université Laval’s Library.
Roald Amundsen – Lessons from the Arctic tells the journey of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He is the first white person to cross the Northwest Passage (1903-1906) and to reach the South Pole (1910-1912). Curated by the Fram Museum in Oslo, the exhibition presents unique photographs, diary excerpts and texts recounting Amundsen’s perilous expeditions.
This retrospective offers a focus on Amundsay’s stay among the Canadian Inuit. Their ancestral skills were decisive in the Norwegian crew’s successful arrival at the South Pole. A world-renowned exhibit, Lessons from the Arctic has already traveled to Norway, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Ontario.
Lessons from the Arctic is produced by the FRAM Museum (Oslo, Norway), in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Both exhibitions are presented until April 9, 2023.
Besides the aforementioned institutions, the Château Ramezay Museum extends its thanks to the Avataq Cultural Institute and the Anthropology Department of the Université de Montréal for their precious collaboration to the presentation of these two exhibitions in Montréal.
Montreal, April 12, 2022 - The Chateau Ramezay, Historic Site and Museum of Montreal, is on a recruitment drive! We are looking for:
- Friends of the Governor’s Garden, people interested in combining a passion for gardening with informally hosting visitors to our 18th Century style garden.
- Volunteer Guides, willing to share their love of history with students and visitors who’d like to know more about our heritage.
Anyone interested is invited to the Chateau Ramezay on Monday, April 25 for an information session in French, at 10 am, and in English, at 2 p.m. Our guides will be on hand to share their enthusiasm with you and answer all questions.
What’s New in the Garden?
From July 1 until Labour Day, the Friends of the Governor’s Garden will welcome visitors from all over and show them different ways of exploring the history of gardens, of Montreal and of the Chateau.
Could I be a Volunteer Guide?
Of course! You needn’t be a historian or even bilingual, as long as you’re comfortable with others, love learning and sharing your knowledge with a diverse clientele, a few hours per week. If, in addition, you’re interested in the history of Quebec, of Montreal and of gardens, you’d be an ideal candidate! Complete training is available. Teamed with an experienced guide, you’ll learn the ropes of our programs and master the pleasures of guiding, at your own pace.
A Risky Business?!
Yes indeed! By becoming a volunteer at the Chateau, you risk making new friends! In addition to the Friends of the Governor’s Garden, volunteer guides are divided into two associations, the French guides and the English ones, over 100 members in all. Each group organizes continuing training, outings, and various events over the year. Some volunteers have been with the Chateau for over 25 years!
Come to the Chateau on Monday, April 25 to meet the members of our dynamic team! They are the best source of information on our volunteer programs. Information is also available on our website under the heading Donations and Volunteering.
Montreal, September 7 2022 – Want to get involved? The Château Ramezay — Museum and historical site of Montreal is recruiting volunteer guides willing to share their love of history with students and visitors who would like to know more about our heritage.
Anyone interested is invited to the Chateau Ramezay on Monday, September 26th for an information session from 10 am to 2 p.m. Our guides will be on hand to share their enthusiasm with you and to answer all of your questions.
You do not need be a historian or even bilingual, as long as you’re comfortable with others, love learning and sharing your knowledge with a diverse clientele, a few hours per week. If, in addition, you’re interested in the history of Quebec and/or of Montreal, you would be an ideal candidate! Complete training is available. Teamed with an experienced guide, you will learn the ropes of our programs and master the pleasures of guiding, at your own pace.
A Risky Business?!
Yes indeed! By becoming a volunteer at the Chateau, you risk making new friends! Volunteer guides are divided into two associations, the French guides and the English ones, over 100 members in all. Each group organizes continuing training, outings, and various events over the year. Some volunteers have been with the Chateau for over 25 years!
Come to the Chateau on Monday, September 26th to meet the members of our dynamic team! They are the best source of information on our volunteer programs. Information is also available on our website.
Montréal, September 27, 2022 – 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 one-month outdoor exhibition presented free of charge in the Governor’s Garden, from October 1st to November 6th.
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.
The 4 to 7-year-olds will meet Reddy, a friendly little pumpkin, and his numerous cousins. The free activity booklet will send them on a mission to find a mystery word by picking up hints throughout their visit. Cucumbers, zucchinis and patty-pan squash will come together to help the young botanists fulfill their quest. A surprise will await those who succeed!
Through a series of silly questions, the 8 to 12-year-olds will test their knowledge on the cucurbit family! They are sure to be surprised by this unusual theme! It should take your tweens 20-30 minutes to find the “key” that will grant them a surprise from the Château’s welcome desk!
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.
*Update from December 21st, 2022 – The Around the Fireplace...Holiday Traditions exhibition will be extended until January 15th, 2023!
Montreal, November 17th, 2022 – From the first weekend of December until the end of the school holiday break, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montreal will be adorned of rich decorations and offer a festive programming. Get the family together and reacquaint yourselves with the origins of old-fashioned holiday season traditions with: Around the Fireplace…Holiday Traditions!
From December 3rd, 2022 to January 8th, 2023, the Château Ramezay’s fireplace mantels will be richly decorated with a specific theme. Each hearth will have you discover a holiday tradition: greeting cards, Christmas stockings, Advent calendar… there is much to learn around our fireplaces! Invite your cousins, don’t forget about grandma, and come reconnect with the traditions of the past through our exhibitions and activities. You’ll leave with rekindled anecdotes and beautiful memories to share with family and friends.
As part of this festive programming, the Château Ramezay is offering an opportunity for children, unique in Montreal: to come hang a Christmas stocking by one of our fireplaces! Then, come back in the New Year to retrieve it. Who knows what Santa will have left for you?
The stockings will be available for $10 plus tax;
They can be hung from December 3rd to 30th, 2022;
They can be then picked up as of January 2nd, 2023.
To help guide through the Museum, a free booklet will be offered to families upon their arrival. A hunt for curiosities from the past, a quest for information tidbits, and discussion prompts will keep children engaged throughout the visit.
“What was Christmas like when you were little, mom?”
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