Permanent Galleries

Riding The RailsFamily enjoying Riding the Rails exhibit

Be transported to the 1950’s when the railway stretched through Bruce County to the Huron shoreline.  Take the historic journey that traces the cultural transition of traffic from marine, to rail and ultimately to the roads that formed the County.  Both children and adults alike will enjoy the trip on this fully functional track system.  Download the full story of Bruce County Railways and the creation of ‘Riding the Rails’ here.

Proudly presented by 98 The Beach, Rotary Club of Southampton and Rotary Club of Walkerton.

The Last Frontier

Family exploring the industrial programming counterThis exhibit pays homage to the County’s Pioneer and works in conjunction with the Museum’s Permanent galleries to complete Bruce County’s history from the 1850s to the 1900s by telling the stories that occurred from the first Shanty through to the cultural development of the General Store.

Proudly presented by Enbridge and 98 The Beach.

Rise of Communityphoto of technology lab

Revealing stories of community and technological growth within Bruce County that follow the emergence of specialists and home conveniences that lead to our Technology Lab.  Here you will experience what the future brings through the eyes of inventors.  Continue the expansive journey from professionals and community groups to communications and power providers during the Twentieth Century.

Proudly presented by 98 The Beach 


Bevan’s General Storephoto of child shopping in Bevan's 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 Coastlinephoto of children shooting off cannon

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.


Anishnaabwe Endaat: Where we live and livedFirst Nations Gallery Demonstrations

The Anishnaabwe Gallery showcases Anishnaabwe culture in a broader environmental and cultural context, specifically the impacts that changing climate and landscape have had on a range of cultural expressions, including subsistence pursuits,material culture, settlement and the evolution into today’s culture.

This exhibition is proudly presented by Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation with support from the Government of Canada’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.


Geology & The Ice Agesexhibit area

Dig 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 Remembers

Family in Bruce Remembers

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.


This 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.