FRONT LOBBY CASES
Displays in the front lobby cases are rotated approximately three times per year.
Minerals and Mining in Northwestern Ontario
This exhibit explores the rich mineral resources of the region as well as a brief history of the role they played in the area’s historical development. Mineral specimens including amethyst, gold, galena and others are on display along with a collection of maps and photographs from the museum’s collection.
RECENT YEARS CASE
Displays in our Recent Years case are rotated approximately 3-4 times per year.
Reading is Tree-mendous! Children’s Books from the Museum’s Collection
Think back to your favourite childhood book. What was it that captured your imagination? Children growing up in historical Thunder Bay were similarly entertained and educated by books like these, some with classic characters that have endured to the present, others long forgotten. Please enjoy this ‘reading tree’ of historical children’s books from the Thunder Bay Museum’s collection.
PETER MCKELLAR GALLERY
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: