#HopeAndHealingCanada by Tracey-Mae Chambers

The #hopeandhealingcanada project created by Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers consists of a series of site-specific art installations across Canada. Each is made using crochet, knit, and woven red yarns. This ongoing body of work is used to illustrate connections between Indigenous, Inuit, and Métis peoples with Canadians, while also addressing the decolonization of public spaces. Once dismantled, the work is returned to the artist and will be reworked and repurposed at another site somewhere else in the country. The stories gathered from each participating venue will culminate in a book and travelling exhibition. 

Tracey-Mae Chambers is a Métis artist and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Her family is from, and some still reside, in the traditional Métis community in Sault Ste. Marie and Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is travelling across Canada and the United States creating site-specific art installations at residential school historical sites, cultural centres, museums, art galleries and other public spaces. For more information please visit: www.traceymae.com

Judicial Exhibit - Recent Years Case


Judicial Exhibit

Did you know the Thunder Bay Museum used to be the Fort William Police Station? Learn more about Thunder Bay’s judicial history though Crime and Conviction: A Tale of Two Cities. This exhibit was produced by Haileigh Riddell through a partnership with Lakehead University History Department and the Thunder Bay Museum.

Displays in our Recent Years case are rotated approximately 3-4 times per year.

Soda Pop Exhibit


History of Soda Pop in Northwestern Ontario

Explore the Museum’s soda pop bottle collection and learn about the history of some of the many companies in Northwestern Ontario who produced soda since 1875. Can you guess some of the most popular flavours? This exhibit was produced by Ella Whitehead and the Thunder Bay Museum staff. 

Our lobby display cases are rotated approximately 3-4 times per year.



The main gallery on the first floor was named for Peter McKellar, the founding father of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society.

These long-term exhibits recount the 10,000 year history of people in the Thunder Bay region of Ontario, Canada. See the tools of survival made by the region’s first peoples, stunning Ojibway and Cree beadwork, a full-sized wigwam, and the relics of a once great fur trade. As you move through time, encounter the story of Silver Islet, once the continent’s richest silver mine, visit a Canadian Pacific Railway station, which greeted many of the immigrants that settled the region in the 19th century, or view Thunder Bay’s early harbour with its towering elevators and booming maritime industries. The town’s very first electricity was created in the 1880s with the simple steam-powered generator now on display. Lock yourself in a functional prison cell, circa 1910, and view artifacts highlighting our pioneering history of Municipal Ownership, shoemaking at The Lakehead, and the tools of the pulp and paper industry. Enjoy early films, several produced in Northwestern Ontario, in our 1928 vintage theatre, and stroll down a recreated Thunder Bay street complete with streetcar, a 19th century hotel/tavern and fire hall, a doctor’s office, furrier, tobacconist from the turn of the century, a real estate office from 1913, and a newspaper press room. Visit the general store, its shelves lined with vintage goods, look in on a seamstress at work, and glimpse through the window of a hairdressing salon from the 1930s. Some of the earliest HAM radios, most made by Charles McDonald, a pioneer in the field of telecommunications, can be seen in his recreated workshop. Explore some of these displays below: