Third Floor

Map of the Third Floor Exhibits

Three exhibits are located on the third floor of the Thunder Bay Museum.

Here you will find a gallery dedicated to our rich musical heritage, an exhibit of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario’s military history, and rotating temporary exhibits in the Antechamber Gallery.

Military Exhibit

Examples of Military Uniforms from the 1880s to the Second World War

Stand on Guard: Our Military Heritage

Military power in Northwestern Ontario began with the War of 1812 but the first formal military unit was created in 1885 (later known as the Lake Superior Regiment), and others followed–army, navy, and air force–particularly in the two World Wars. The honours achieved by local soldiers are second to none.

Some of the uniforms on display include:

  • that of Charles McLennan, 96th District of Algoma Battalion of rifles, 1887
  • the First World War flying suit used by Alfred Coombs
  • that of Col. Robert Keane who lead the LSR during the Second World War
  • Red Cross uniforms worn by Mary Miller during the Second World War

Other notable artifacts include:

  • First World War German machine gun
  • First World War LSR brass band drum also used in Second World War
  • Second World War mine detector

Music Exhibit

Gallery Exhibit of mannequins playing a saxophone, trombone, and clarinet

Music to our Ears: Notes from Thunder Bay’s Musical Past

This exhibit is a comprehensive collection of musicians and bands throughout Thunder Bay’s history.

From the earliest brass band (dating from the late 1870s) to the most modern rock group, they are all here in picture, artifact or song. Consult our detailed computerized database that now contains over 600 entries and continues to grow. It is the most comprehensive of its kind. Included are such well-known Thunder Bay musicians as Bobby Curtola, Paul Shaffer, The Golden Dogs, Suzanne Hou, the Fort William Male Choir, Jon Vickers, Karina Long, The Negatives, Tommy Horricks, Hugh LeCaine, Tyler Yarema, Billy Ziegel, Myrna Lorrie, Buddy DeVal, Don Grashey, Jerry Palmer, The Ryde, Rodney Brown, Cosimo Filane, Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four, and hundreds of others.

The exhibit also includes a variety of instruments such as a beautiful, hand-crafted accordion made by Mr. Baldovin of Fort William, and an Irish lute harp circa 1809 that was brought to Canada in 1924.

Antechamber Gallery

Horn Elevator painting by Frederick Urry in 1918
“Horn Elevator” painted by Frederick Urry in 1918, donated by Brent Cowan

Collecting History: Accessioning at the Thunder Bay Museum

May 3, 2022 – October 18 2022

This exhibit highlights a selection of artifacts that have come into our collection over the past several years and explains a little about how and why the Museum collects, and what happens to your donations after they arrive.

The Thunder Bay Museum’s collection has grown into what it is today thanks to the generous donations of individuals and organizations. The collection is comprised of many fascinating artifacts and documents of all shapes and sizes that collectively help us interpret the history of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.