Wendell Beckwith

Opening August 2022

The Thunder Bay Museum will be opening an exhibit about the life and work of scientist, engineer, and inventor Wendell Beckwith, in connection to the 2020 biographical film In Search of Wendell Beckwith (on Vimeo), produced through a partnership between the Museum and filmmaker Jim Hyder. Wendell lived alone on Best Island on Whitewater Lake in what is now Wabakimi Provincial Park, working on inventions and scientific theories, interacting with visitors, while supported by the generosity of Indigenous peoples living nearby with whom he forged a close relationship. Items from the Thunder Bay Museum’s permanent collection that he built and collected will be on display, as well as many photographs, scientific notes, and drawings.  This exhibit has been supported by the Government of Canada as well as many generous individuals.