Programming & Events

Programming has always been a critical part of what the Thunder Bay Museum offers the public. Our lecture series began in 1908 and continues today, and a host of special events – teas, receptions, dinners, and exhibit openings, to name just a few – cater to people of all ages and tastes.

Much of the Museum’s programming involves school children.  In-Museum programs, designed to complement the Ontario curriculum, introduce students to the fascinating heritage of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.  In a typical year, as many as 65 classes representing as many as 2,000 students will visit the Museum, and hundreds more will take advantage of recreational programs offered during the summer, on P.A. Days and on holidays. For school groups unable to visit the Museum in person, we also offer seven newly revised Education Kits on a variety of historical topics that can be used directly in your classroom.

Special events that occur annually include our Presidents’ Reception, Taste of History Dinner, and Victorian Tea.

To cater to those unable to visit our building, the Museum operates outreach programs and special displays in schools, shopping malls, trade shows, senior’s homes, and elsewhere.  These are seen and enjoyed by thousands.

Guides, Brownies, Cubs and other organizations are encouraged to book special visits to the Museum during evenings (subject to availability).  Just give us a call at 623-0801 a few weeks prior to your visit to reserve a time.

For more information on our community programming, please click on one of the links below. Then be sure to contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator, Catherine Caughell, to book a class visit or for more information.

Remember, those with a membership in the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society get special advance notice of all events, invitations to special events, and discounts on fees for programs and other events. A school membership gets you free class visits to the Museum and free in-school presentations.  Membership does have its advantages!