As a vital member of our local community, the Thunder Bay Museum partners with local organizations, operates outreach programming, and curates special displays in schools, businesses, seniors homes, and elsewhere. These partnerships, programs, and services enhance peoples’ experiences today by looking back upon our fascinating history. Whether providing stories, images, research materials, or our own expertise, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to work with members of the local community to communicate our history to wider audience.

For more information on how to partner with the museum, simply call us at (807) 623-0801.

Currently in the community:

Wendell Beckwith Documentary Film Project

Wendell Beckwith, an inventor, master wood worker, and free thinking scientist, ended up alone, on the tip of Best Island, north of Armstrong, on the remote Whitewater Lake in 1961. There he would stay until his death in 1980 at the age of 65. Today, Wendell’s cabins still attract visitors from all over the world, and his story has become a piece of Northwestern Ontario folklore.

For more on the project, click here.

 Filmmaker Jim Hyder, who knew Beckwith, has partnered with the Museum to make a film of Wendell’s life. The film will ask, who was Wendell Beckwith? It will explore his skills, his relationships, his legacy and, particularly, his science, for it was his need to uncover the natural laws that govern the universe that brought him to Northwestern Ontario.

Historical Walking Tours

During the summer months, the museum puts on walking tours throughout the city that highlight some of the more colourful events and individuals in our history. While other tours focus on architecture, these tours also include aspects of social history or the stories behind the locations. Commerce, crime, transportation, politics, milestones, and the early inhabitants responsible for the development of Thunder Bay are but some of the topics covered.

For more on the walking tours, click here.