donation & volunteering


Fundraising Campaign

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The Château Ramezay has played an influential role in Montreal’s history since its first construction in 1705. It has been successively Governor’s Residence, head office of the Compagnie des Indes occidentales, campaign headquarters of the Continental Army (when Benjamin Franklin visited), Montreal Courthouse, university lecture rooms and finally, a historic and cultural site.

As one of Montreal’s architectural landmarks, the Château Ramezay features in 1,001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die. It has a collection of more than 36,000 artefacts and welcomes 50,000 visitors every year. The Museum offers educational activities which have delighted over 100,000 children in the past 15 years. This must-see attraction highlights Montreal’s charm to visitors and locals alike.

The Museum is funded by donations from generous citizens who believe in the importance of preserving this Museum and historic site. The Château Ramezay also relies on funding generated by day-to-day activities and business donations. All donors receive an annual newsletter detailing achievements made thanks to their generosity.

Click here for more information about the Heritage 375 fundraising campaign (2016-2018)

Click here for more information about the 2017 Château Ramezay’s Annual Gala

Planned Giving

For over 120 years, the Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montréal, has been presenting historical exhibitions and organizing cultural and educational activities.

Type of planned giving :

  • Gift by bequest
  • Gift of securities
  • Gift of life insurance
  • Gift-in-kind
  • Gift of annuity and charitable remainder of a trust

For more information about planned giving, click on the following link :   Planned Giving


Isabelle Cunin,  Administrative Assistant
Phone : 514 861-3708 ext. 226 | Fax : 514 861-8317


One mission of the Château Ramezay is to preserve the heritage of Montréal. To do so, it continually enhances its collections through donations of objects from generous patrons. However, in order to be added to the Château’s collections, these objects must meet specific criteria.                       

  • They must be related to the history of Montréal, Québec or Canada.
  • They must correspond to the Château’s goals.
  • They must correspond to the areas of the Château’s collection.
  • The Château only accepts gifts and does not have a mandate to assess the monetary value of objects.


Christine Brisson, Head – Collections and Exhibitions
Phone : 514 861-3708 ext. 230 | Fax : 514 861-8317


Are you interested in a volunteer experience that will offer you the opportunity to share your interest in history? Would you like to be a part of a group of motivated and enthusiastic people?

Then volunteering at the Château Ramezay Historic Site and Museum is for you.

Volunteers help the Museum provide an activity based school program for children, guided tours for tourists, booked tours for groups such as older ESL students, as well as special activities for the public.

The Château will be launching an additional volunteer program: Become a guide-ambassador! We are looking for people fluent in languages other than French or English, who would like to introduce the Château to others sharing that language. There is no need for perfect mastery of French or English, it’s the desire to learn more about our city and share this knowledge, which counts!

In return for your time and commitment you can:

  • Learn new skills 
  • Build new relationships
  • Expand your knowledge of history
  • Make history come alive for children and adults


You must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to communicate effectively in English*


No guiding experience is required but you should enjoy acquiring knowledge and communicating with the public.

Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteer opportunities involve guiding and other activities for the public.

  • Weekday program for elementary schools (Tuesday and/or Thursday)
  • Weekend tours for tourists (September to June)
  • Booked tours (ESL classes, high schools, cruise and corporate groups)
  • Summer tours for tourists (weekends or weekdays)

Volunteers also help with special activities for the public such as Museums Day, and Christmas and spring break events.


You are expected to commit to two days of volunteering per month (or more if you would like to).

Application Process

Prospective volunteers are asked to attend an Open House (September and January) and complete an application at that time. There will also be a brief interview at the Open House.

Note: The English Speaking Guides Association reserves the right to accept or decline membership.


A 10 session training course is provided, scheduled on Thursday afternoons in the fall. Part of the training is observing experienced guides before guiding independently.

In addition to the formal training, the museum sponsors lectures during the year for all guides and the guiding associations organize visits to other museums.

Join our Team

Volunteers have been at the heart of the museum since its establishment in 1895. The Association of English Speaking Guides has supported the museum for many years.

The museum recognizes the efforts of its volunteers and hosts various events to demonstrate their appreciation.

Join our team for a rewarding and interesting experience. Come volunteer with us to learn and to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with our visitors.

For more Information:

Frequently Asked Questions

Other questions? Come to one of the Open Houses They take place in September and January.

Drop in anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.


Louise Brazeau, Head - Education and Promotion
Phone: 514 861-3708 ext. 229 | Fax: 514 861-8317