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Preserving History Since 1908
The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society was created in 1908 to preserve and interpret the history of Northwestern Ontario through lectures, publications, the erection of monuments and plaques, and the preservation of documents.
Among the Society's many accomplishments in its early years, was the publication of a long series of valuable historical reports and the construction of a monument to the original Fort William fur trading post at the foot of McTavish Street in Thunder Bay. It was unveiled in 1916 by our founding father, Peter McKellar.
By 1942, enough documents and artifacts had been collected to warrant the opening of a museum in the basement of the local library and, in 1972, the Society moved to new quarters in a former registry office. Short of space for its growing operations, the Society undertook a major campaign in the mid-1990s to acquire and renovate a former police station and courthouse, which today is the home of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society. Our major exhibit gallery opened in 1997. The Museum is located at 425 Donald Street East, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Although today the museum and its programs are fully operational, renovations to our building continue. As this rendering illustrates, plans exist to restore the front facade to its 1910 configuration. This was partially completed in 2007 along with the addition of a visible storage gallery to the right front of the building. All three floors of the interior including galleries, library, archives and administration areas have been completed. Only the upper portion of the facade remains to be completed.
We wish to thank all of our funders over the years -- each of the three levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) and the many hundreds of individuals, businesses, and foundations whose generosity has made our renovations so successful.
Tues. through Sunday
1 p.m. to 5. p.m.
June 15-Labour Day
Daily 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
$1.50 (ages 6-17)
Children under 6 are FREE
Fully wheelchair accessible
Thunder Bay Museum Reviews
They have good collection of historical stuffs. Specially a good collection of old Canadian life and aboriginal life. more »
Te museum is definitely a neat way to learn about Thunder Bay and area. Seeing the history of the city and learning about the cities past was very informative. They have 3 floors of exhibits, which ch... more »
It's a very cozy and welcoming museum, lots of cool stuff. Very affordable prices, a great way to entertain your family for the day.
Staff were knowledgable and friendly. The exhibits were interesting - I learned a lot about the shared heritage between TBay, ON and Houghton, MI. Good stuff! The museum store had some beautiful artwork and postcards at very accessible prices. Will definitely return again.
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