Ontario’s Highlands is a travel destination that is rich is heritage, culture and many forms of arts. Museums are a great way to immerse yourself in the unique histories of inventions, transportation and different areas and townships. From unique to quirky, there are tons of museums throughout Ontario’s Highland’s; some are well known, and some you’ve probably never heard of. Museums are a great change of speed for your busy lifestyle, and are guaranteed fun for the whole family!
Garrison Petawawa Military Museum
Found in Petawawa, this museum is home to three different artifact collections that come together to provide the public with a history of Garrison Petawawa in a way that is both informative and entertaining. Three different collections allow visitors to broaden their horizons and learn about Petawawa, different divisions of the Canadian Forces, parachuting and the Canadian Guards.
Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario
The Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario is a relatively new museum located in Smiths Falls which outlines the history of railways, trains, and everything in between. The museum has a small-town feel, as it is run by a group of volunteers from the community. However, it is a beautiful place with loads of exhibits to educate the minds of the young and young at heart. The museum is also a National Historic Site, confirmed in 1985.
Perth Museum/Matheson House
As you enter the Perth Museum/Matheson House, you will be thrown immediately into the mid-19th century, when the house was built for Roderick Matheson, a senator in Canada’s first parliament after Confederation. Located in Perth, Ontario, the house has been delicately and expertly restored and furnished to truly give light to the era. The museum has a calendar of ever changing exhibits in its main gallery. On the third floor, you can find a gallery that outlines Perth’s history including influential people, military memorabilia and fun facts.
Outside the museum is a beautiful garden with plants and flowers that are true to the 19th century time period. The outdoor area of the museum is complete with a specialty oven and herb garden which are used for events held throughout the year.
The Canadian Clock Museum
This museum opened in Deep River, Ontario in 2000. The museum collects, preserves and displays some of Canada’s most interesting and beautiful clocks dating back to the early 1800s. Enjoy a tour of the beautiful facility, which is included in your admission fee. Peruse the over 2500 artefacts and speak with the founder, Allan Symons about the passion behind the museum. A library is even present containing books and references of all sorts pertaining to clocks and their history.
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Located in Carleton Place, Ontario, the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum features over 10,000 artefacts. The museum obtains objects that have relevance to the people of Carleton Place and Beckwith Township through donations from members of the community. Experience the culture and history of a true small town in this wonderful museum.
These are just a few of the museums that call Ontario’s Highlands home. Museums are a great way to wind down during the busy summer season and truly appreciate the culture, history and education that is offered through the exhibits and artefacts that are presented. Broaden your horizons by engaging in the unique story each one tells.