The Thunder Bay Museum will be re-opening to the public

on Monday, 26 July, 2021.

The Thunder Bay Museum will re-open to the public, as permitted by Ontario’s step 3 regulation (O. Reg. 520/21) with the following protocols:

  • As part of Ontario’s Step 3 guidelines, we are limited to 50% of the total building capacity, which is 140 persons.
  • Pre-screening questionnaire for all visitors along with contact tracing upon arrival
  • Pre-screening each day of all staff
  • Mandatory masks
  • Hand sanitizing
  • Social distancing requirements
  • Constant cleaning of commonly touched surfaces
  • Interactive exhibits have been removed or are covered
  • Visitor seating removed or blocked
  • Only the washroom on the 1st floor will be available to the public
  • 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
  • Maximum 2 occupants in the elevator at one time (unless you are in a family group)

Room Rentals and Meeting Spaces

In accordance with Ontario Provincial requirements all event attendees older than 11 years will need to show at the time of entry to the museum one of the following in addition to photo ID: proof of double vaccination for covid-19, proof of negative rapid antigen covid-19 test from no more than 48 hours before the event, or a written doctors note of medical exemption from receiving the vaccine.  To download your proof of vaccination or receive it by other means visit –

This does not apply to visitors coming to tour exhibits, researchers, or other people entering the Museum for purposes other that special events where gatherings may compromise social distancing or there would be eating and drinking without masks.

We continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic closely and follow guidance from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

The following programs will restart on 26 July as well.

The following programs will restart 7 September 2021

The following programs will continue to be suspended until further notice.

  • Volunteer work inside the building
  • Hosted Birthday Parties

The Museum appreciates our members and patrons patience as we continue to take steps to protect our staff, their families, and the public.

The Thunder Bay Museum had previously closed to the public:

  • 18 March 2020 to 29 June 2020
  • 26 December to 26 July 2021

If you have stories, photographs, or even artifacts related to your Pandemic experiences and would like to donate them please visit here:

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