45 St Paul St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3P1
Step inside a modern reimagining of Collingwood’s 1873 train station, but don’t be fooled by the façade! The collection of the Collingwood Museum goes far beyond the town’s transportation heritage. Visit the Collingwood Museum to learn about the town’s history. Set sail with 150 years of maritime history behind you! Due to HVAC maintenance, the Collingwood Museum will be closed from 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21st to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24th.
The Museum, which is an amazing reproduction of the 1873 railroad station, looks out over gorgeous Georgian Bay. We maintain Collingwood’s and the surrounding area’s history, host exhibits highlighting our distinctive shipbuilding past, and provide excellent resources for local history study. Plan a family picnic in Memorial Park, or come see us for year-round special events and activities.
Visit the Collingwood Museum to learn about the town’s history. Set sail with 150 years of maritime history behind you! Every 15 minutes, there is a “Ship Sidelaunch.” Exhibits, special events, education programmes, archives and research facilities, as well as a store, are all available at the Museum. The Museum offers a variety of exhibits throughout the year, making it an excellent learning experience for anybody interested in Collingwood’s history.
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What is in the Collingwood Museum?
A sawtooth shark’s razor-sharp beak and a twisted piece of metal discovered from the Halifax Explosion are among the most popular exhibits. Paintings by local painters who studied under the Group of Seven may also be found, as well as a 140-year-old statue carved by Sir Sandford Fleming’s brother. On a loop of historic footage, the noises of Collingwood’s shipbuilding tradition reverberate around the museum as a ship is side launched into the harbour. Get up close to models of Collingwood’s most renowned ships, including the Chi-Cheemaun, and try your hand at turning a brass ship’s wheel.Exhibits cover everything from the growth of local business and industry to the region’s First Nations people, who inspired the Huron Institute’s founding in 1904.
The museum also has an archival collection that researchers from all over the world can use. Among the most popular things are photographs of Great Lakes vessels, Collingwood’s historic homes, downtown, and early industry. Appointments are required for research. A visit to the museum isn’t complete without a stop in the charming gift shop. It’s a popular site for both tourists and residents. You’re also only a short walk away from a vast trail system that runs along Georgian Bay’s shoreline, so bring a picnic lunch and start your day at the museum! Bike parking and handicapped-accessible restrooms are both available.
History of the Collingwood Museum
The Collingwood Museum has a century-long tradition of preserving Collingwood’s history. Changing exhibits and permanent exhibits tell the stories of the region’s First Nations peoples, as well as Collingwood’s transformation from a transportation and shipbuilding centre to a tourism attraction. Special events, educational activities, archives and research facilities, and a gift shop are all available at the Museum.
Step inside a modern reimagining of Collingwood’s 1873 train station, but don’t be fooled by the façade! The collection of the Collingwood Museum goes far beyond the town’s transportation heritage.
Collingwood Museum Self-Guided Tours
The maximum number of people in a group is ten, and only one group can book at a time. Tuesday through Saturday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45-minute appointments are available. Please take note of the following adjustments for the safety of guests and staff: Visitors must wear masks at all times when inside the facility, and must take a set course through the exhibit gallery. All high-touch exhibits that were difficult to disinfect between tours were removed. Please prepare carefully as there will be no public restrooms available.The Collingwood Museum accepts donations, with a suggested gift of $4 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 705-445-4811, extension 7211.