The Thunder Bay Museum’s lamp and lighting collection contains a wide range of types and styles from a 17th-century rush lamp, that might have been used at the very earliest fur trading posts in the region, to 19th-century oil lamps and modern electric fixtures. Many of the Museum’s long-term exhibits are lit by period fixtures from the collection.

Utilitarian specimens, such as this copper and brass boat lamp and small ship’s lantern (both from the early 20th century), predominate, perhaps reflecting the industrial and transportation heritage of Thunder Bay.