Experience Montreal: Five Historical Museums to Visit
Montreal houses world-class museums for tourists of all kinds. As one of North America’s oldest cities, and one with a long and complicated colonial history, Montreal sure has a fair amount of historical attractions that appeal to individuals interested in archaeology, architecture, art, science, and history. Montreal local Rick Andreoli shares on this blog post five of the best historical museums to visit in the city.
Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum is dedicated to showcasing Montreal’s French colonial roots, with artifacts of the heritage of the settlers of New France displayed. The designated historic site of Canada stands on a small farmhouse and grounds supervised by the sisters of Congregation of Notre Dame. The religious community was established by Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1658 in Montreal. Restored in 1960, Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum is home to 15,000 artifacts, providing a glimpse of the daily life in the 17th and 18th centuries in New France, says Rick Andreoli.
Pointe-à-Callière – Museum of Archaeology and History is the largest and most frequented history museum in the city. The largest archaeology museum in Canada, Pointe-à-Callière stands on the exact site where Montreal was established in the 17th century. On top of its permanent exhibitions, the museum showcases three to four temporary exhibitions annually. The Montreal Holocaust Museum describes history as told by Holocaust survivors. According to Montreal native Rick Andreoli, it exhibits video installations and artifacts, purposed to inform tourists about the Holocaust and the collective and universal dangers of hatred, racism, indifference, and anti-Semitism.
Château Ramezay was originally built as a personal residence in 1705 by Claude de Ramezay, the city’s then-governor. In 1895, the structure was opened as a museum, and was the primary building in Quebec to be categorized as a historic monument. Château Ramezay was the official Canadian headquarters of the American Revolutionary Army from 1775 to 1776, where Benedict Arnold welcomed Benjamin Franklin during the latter’s effort to convince Montreal to become the 14th state of the United States of America. Visitors must never miss the incredible sight offered by the Governor’s Garden which features the gardens of New France.
Redpath Museum belongs to McGill University, mentions Rick Andreoli. A museum of natural history, Redpath opened in 1882, and was named after sugar magnate and commissioner Peter Redpath. Its permanent exhibition includes almost three million objects including Ancient Egyptian mummies, Charles Darwin exhibition, a minke whale skeleton, and the cast of the Rosetta Stone. Redpath Museum is a top example of the Greek Revival style.