Permanent Galleries

First Nation

Bevan’s General StorePlaying in the General Store

“Meet” the storekeeper, use interactive screens to discover the inventory and see some of the Museum’s rarely seen artifacts.

Captivating Coastlinegeneral hunter

Rediscover the stories of our harbours and ports, the fishing and delivery of supplies and the struggles with shipwrecks, shipbuilding and navigational aids.  Be the captain of your own ship on the HMS General Hunter.  An exciting virtual reality experience awaits you as you feel what it might have been like to sail, along with load and fire a cannon during the bombardment of Fort Detroit.

First People’s GalleryFirst Nations Gallery

Learn about the history and way of life of Bruce County’s Aboriginal people. See the tools and items they fashioned for everyday use.

Geology & The Ice Agesexhibit area

Study fossils and learn about the ice ages and how they affected & shaped Bruce County landscapes.

Bruce Remembersbruce remembers exhibit

Experience the life of a soldier and discover the stories of our local heroes, including the 160th Bruce Battalion.
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.


A giant 15-foot-high helix made from the anchor chain of an 1866 schooner rises majestically on an outdoor alcove at the new Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton. Discover the entire Helix History.

Home Sweet HomeBruce County Shanty

Go back in time and learn about the Euro-Canadian settlers who came to Bruce County and what life was like for them in this highly agricultural area.  Made from Bruce County logs, the Shanty represents a crucial step in the formation of settlers who cleared the way for today’s inhabitants.

Stokes Bay LighthouseStokes Bay Lighthouse

The 103 year old lighthouse, was once at Stokes Bay on the Bruce Peninsula and was saved from destruction when the Canadian Coast Guard made the decision to decommission it.  The lighthouse was transported to Southampton in December, 2009, and in April, was moved to its final home at the Museum overlooking Fairy Lake. Volunteers, spearheaded by Mike Sterling of Southampton, spent hundreds of hours restoring it.