The Thunder Bay Museum is now reopened to the public (masks required)!

See our staged reopening plan further below (Stage 3 currently).

The Thunder Bay Museum had closed to the public on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

If you have stories, photographs, or even artifacts related to your Pandemic experiences and would like to donate them please visit here: https://www.thunderbaymuseum.com/covid-19-stories/

Summer Camp has been cancelled, however you may be interested in our alternative options for kids! More information can be found here: https://www.thunderbaymuseum.com/community-programming/recreational-programming-for-kids/summer-theme-camp/

Our 2020 Classic Car Raffle has been extended, the prize draw will now take place on 1 May 2021, more information can be found here: https://www.thunderbaymuseum.com/community-programming/special-events-activities/classic-car-raffle/

The Museum’s Taste of History Dinner has been Cancelled.  Refunds can be requested by contacting the museum by phone or email.

Refunds will be issued for those rentals already scheduled and prepaid.  Though we respectfully ask that if you have a rental that could be rescheduled that you consider that option first.

The staff will be available by phone or email to answer research requests, however we ask for patience during this challenging time.

We will be constantly monitoring the pandemic situation and our protocols for staff and visitor safety may change without notice.

Re-Opening Plan

After museums and similar institutions are authorized to reopen by the Provincial government the Thunder Bay Museum will reopen gradually with a focus on the safety of our staff and volunteers.  Below are the different stages of our reopening plan and what visitors can expect. All of this is subject to change as the Pandemic is situation that is evolving daily.

  • Stage 1: Staff Only
    • Preparing the building: sneeze guards, signage, cleaning, flush water system, etc.
  • Stage 2:
    • Visitors to our exhibits do not need an appointment starting on 18 July 2020
    • Researchers by appointment
    • Volunteers should visit our new volunteer opportunities page
    • Pre-screening of all visitors
    • Mandatory masks
    • Hand sanitizing station
    • Social Distancing Requirements
    • Constant cleaning of commonly touched surfaces
    • Interactives removed or covered
    • Benches removed or blocked
    • Free Tuesdays postponed until Stage 4
    • Visitor use of public washrooms may be limited
    • Public water fountains will not be available
    • Access to the 2nd and 3rd floors will only be available by elevator, the stairwell will be for staff only
    • Gift shop transactions only by Debit or Credit Card
  • Stage 3: Current Stage (as of July 18th)
    • No appointments necessary
    • Mandatory masks
    • Hand sanitizing station
    • Social Distancing Requirements
    • Daily cleaning of commonly touched surfaces
    • Visitor use of public washrooms may be limited
    • Public water fountains will not be available
  • Stage 4: Post-wide-spread vaccine distribution and administration
    • Return to normal protocols