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Permanent Exhibitions

History of Kirkland Lake

2nd Floor Exhibits

The community began as a small gold mining town in the wilds of Northeastern Ontario, and would later grow to a population of over 26,000 during a mining boom that would last for many decades. Kirkland Lake had seven major mines operating within town limits until the mid 1960's, with many other businesses helping to make the town the "Hub of the North".

Kirkland Lake would experience boom and bust periods, but managed to keep a strong sense of community spirit that has made it unlike any other place to live. Many clubs, organizations, and individuals continue to be the backbone of the community by contributing to the social and cultural fabric of the town.

Music Room

Once a large sitting room for the Oakes family, this space currently houses temporary exhibits. It also includes a military exhibit highlighting the Algonquin Regiment, and a Communications Exhibit.

Nancy's Room

A highlight of the Chateau, Harry's oldest child's bedroom speak to the wonder and youth - featuring a doll house and other toys from our collection. The unique walls amaze guests of all ages


Showcases various geological samples, fossils, and minerals from Kirkland Lake and the surrounding area.


A vast array of items used in the mining industry, from assay tools to personal mine items.

Businesses of Kirkland Lake

Displaying some of the hotels, beauty salons and barbershops in Kirkland Lake. This display also highlights individuals such as Charlie Chow & his hotel, and population growth in the community.

Animal Display

Our North Eastern Ontario Animal Exhibit displays some of the animals commonly found in our region, such as skunks, black bears, beavers, and wolves.


This temporary exhibit commemorates the Kirkland Lake Collegiate and Vocational Institute. The former High School was in operation from 1923-2006.

Hall of Fame

The Kirkland Lake Hall of Fame highlights prominent and influential citizens. From Community Builders to Celebrities, it encourages a local sense of pride.

Virtual Exhibits

Through the Virtual Museums of Canada Website and their Community Memories/Community Stories Project, the Museum has been able to produce these Virtual Exhibits. please follow attached links to view the exhibits listed below.