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Museum of Northern History


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Exterior photograph of the Museum

Welcome to the Museum of Northern History at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau. Step through the ornate doors of the Chateau and travel back in time to when gold was king. Witness the hardy life of the early pioneers and their struggles as they forged a community out of the unforgiving wilderness. Explore the inner workings of some of the richest mines in Canadian history. Marvel at the tenacity of Sir Harry Oakes, one of the poorest men to walk into, and one of the richest to walk out of the northern goldfields.

Mystery, adventure, excitement... it's all waiting for you at the Museum of Northern History.

Permanent exhibits housed within the Chateau represent North Eastern Ontario geographically, culturally and economically. See exhibits on the prosperous Kirkland Lake Gold Camp, geology, local businesses and industries, the pioneers of Kirkland Lake and local heroes. The museum also features themed temporary exhibits, and hosts between 8-10 art exhibitions each year from local, regional and international artists.


New Museum Operations COVID

HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURES OF THE CHATEAU:

  • Permanent Exhibits highlighting local history
  • Year Round Art Gallery
  • Tourism Information
  • Gift Shop, featuring local art & artisan works
  • Rental Spaces, including the Billiard Room & Gallery
  • Commercial Kitchen for Rentals
  • Event & Activity Venue
  • Historical Archives and Research Materials
  • Photography Venue, for weddings & other special occasions.
  • Unique Architecture
  • Bird Watching by the Lake, (the old "Kirkland Lake")
  • Local Picnic Spot


In the Gallery
"Finding My Way" by Donna DeForge

a collection of works by Donna DeForge, including paintings, quilted works, and sculptures.

Donna DeForge's Biography:

"I am a designer, creator and a teacher at heart. My fibre art has brought joy and mindless relaxation helping all to unwind and slow down with the ability to enjoy. 

It all started with keeping my hands busy at a very young age. Knitting, sewing and needlework were just a start. In 1983 I began the journey of quilting, which prompted me to an even greater interest in Fibre Art." 

TO SEE SOME SNEAK PEEKS AT SOME OF DONNA'S WORK - VISIT OUR YOUTUBE PAGE.

 

 
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