Permanent Galleries

First Nation

Bevan’s General StorePlaying in the General Store

Discover the important role general stores played in Bruce County’s communities, meet the storekeeper, and browse the store’s inventory using interactive screens.

Captivating Coastlinegeneral hunter

Explore the rich marine history of Bruce County’s lighthouses, lifesaving efforts, shipwrecks and fishing industry.  Come aboard the HMS General Hunter, the War of 1812 battleship, where an exciting virtual experience awaits you as you feel what it would be like on the ship during a storm, and fire a canon during the bombardment of Fort Detroit.

First People’s GalleryFirst Nations Gallery

Discover the history of First Nations people in Bruce County through material culture found at local archaeological sites.

Geology & The Ice Agesexhibit area

Dog for woolly mammoth bones, study fossils, touch our living iceberg, and learn how prehistoric tropical seas and ice ages shaped Bruce County’s landscape.

Bruce Remembersbruce remembers exhibit

Experience the life of a soldier during the First World War. Discover the stories of the 160th Bruce Battalion, Nursing Sisters, those serving in the Royal Air Force and on the home front.  Enlist, and experience life in the trenches first hand.
mot_symbole_rgb-wordmark_rgbThis project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.   Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.


Salvaged from the wreck of the 1866 schooner Azov, the Helix rises 15 feet from an outdoor alcove. Discover the entire Helix History.

Home Sweet HomeBruce County Shanty

Travel with the Kennedy brothers as they made their way to Bruce County, and learn what life was like for early settlers.  Made from Bruce County logs and to original measurements, the shanty is a replica of the Kennedy brothers’ original shanty and represents the first step in Bruce County settlement.

Stokes Bay Range LightStokes Bay Lighthouse

Once located at Stokes Bay, on the Bruce Peninsula, the 103 year old range light was saved from destruction when it was decommissioned by the Canadian Coast Guard.  In April of 2009, the range light moved to its home at the museum overlooking Fairy Lake, where volunteers spent the summer season restoring it.