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Culture Days will return September 22 – October 15, 2023.

Pay What You Can Admission

Thunder Bay Museum

425 Donald Street East

Thunder Bay, ON

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History & heritage


Throughout Culture Days, the Thunder Bay Museum is offering Pay What You Can Admission. We are open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00-5:00. As part of Ontario’s Step 3 guidelines, we are limited to 50% of the total building capacity, which is 140 persons. - Pre-screening questionnaire for all visitors along with contact tracing upon arrival - Pre-screening each day of all staff - Mandatory masks - Hand sanitizing - Social distancing requirements - Constant cleaning of commonly touched surfaces - Interactive exhibits have been removed or are covered - Visitor seating removed or blocked - Only the washroom on the 1st floor will be available to the public - Public water fountains will not be available - Access to the 2nd and 3rd floors will only be available by elevator, the stairwell will be for staff only - Maximum 2 occupants in the elevator at one time (unless you are in a family group)

This event runs the duration of Culture Days.

This event is free and will be accepting optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

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Thunder Bay Museum

The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society was created in 1908 to preserve and interpret the history of Northwestern Ontario through lectures, publications, the erection of monuments and plaques, and the preservation of documents. Among the Society’s many accomplishments in its early years, was the publication of a long series of valuable historical reports and the construction of a monument to the original Fort William fur trading post at the foot of McTavish Street in Thunder Bay. It was unveiled in 1916 by our founding father, Peter McKellar. By 1942, enough documents and artifacts had been collected to warrant the opening of a museum in the basement of the Brodie Street Library and, in 1972, the Museum moved to new quarters in a former registry office (located at 219 May Street South). Short of space for its growing operations, the Society undertook a major campaign in the mid-1990s to acquire and renovate a former police station and courthouse, which today is the home of the Thunder Bay Museum. Our major exhibit gallery opened in 1997. The Society’s mandate has always been to serve both the city and district of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, and to preserve the history of the entire region. Today an active, efficient organization has assumed responsibilities far beyond those undertaken by its founders. The Society operates as a museum, an archives, and a historical society, and offers a wide range of programs and services in each area. Through its exhibits, publications, collections, and programs, the Thunder Bay Museum will engage with the people of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario in a spirit of openness and universal access as well as trust, freedom of expression, and debate. Our motto, “Learning Through History,” reveals our fundamental commitment to education and a dedication to the idea of a community in which citizens enjoy equal opportunity to participate in public life, culture, and an exploration of our collective past.

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The Thunder Bay Museum is hosting multiple events for the duration of Culture Days including walking tours, kids crafts, a book launch, and free admission. The Thunder Bay Museum is home to three floors of galleries displaying the vast and...


425 Donald Street East

Thunder Bay, ON

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Thunder Bay Museum




This event is wheelchair accessible, and has gender-neutral washrooms.