Our season starts on Saturday, May 18 — the Victoria Day wkd. — with an Open House, inviting everyone to come in and see the unveiling of our Feature exhibit for 2019, ‘Muskoka’s Wild Side’. Kids activities and prizes!

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Saturday, June 22nd — ‘Canoeing the Muskoka lakes with Kevin Callan’. Kick off your summer at this exciting new event, taking place at James Bartleman Island Park, (where the museum is located) from 11 to 3. Kevin will share stories of his many canoeing adventures, and the museum will share our canoes, plus more — watch for details soon.

Canada Day Open House  

This Canada Day — Monday, July 1st  — come in to see our NEW ‘Winter in Muskoka’ interactive display and exhibit. We’ll also have refreshments available at the museum, and FREE birthday cake.

Saturday, July 6thScales Nature Park will be at the museum once again with live turtles, (and perhaps a sneaky snake or two!). Fun for the whole family to learn all about the local wildlife.


Butter Tart Festival 

Saturday, July 13th. 10 – 12 noon

The 2019 Muskoka Butter Tart Festival is adding more food-related displays this year! Admission buttons are $2. Butter tarts priced by vendors. Buttertarts are on sale from opening at 10am, so be there on time as they usually sell out by noon!  Come on over for a delicious treat and learn about the history of butter tarts in Muskoka with our butter tart display spread throughout each room of the museum!

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Event sponsored by Muskoka Life Magazine, in support of the Children’s Foundation of Muskoka and the Muskoka Lakes Museum

British Soldier

Saturday, July 27tha Bivouac on the island — all day! Musket volleys, a working cannon and live re-enactors in full military costume sharing their knowledge and stories of our military history.

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Thursday, August 15th at the Port Carling Community Centre, from 5 to 8pm  This year’s gala fundraiser will continue the tradition of exceptional food with a convenient Muskoka location. Lamb dinner, choice salads, and delicious desserts are all part of the experience. Ticket prices TBA. To order your tickets leave a message at 705 765-5367, or email at info@mlmuseum.com

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Saturday, August 24th‘Wild about Jazz’ on the island from 11am to 11pm. Molly Johnson and many more at this premiere Canadian Jazz event!


Walking Tours

Historic walking tours of Port Carling, and Port Sandfield, (July & August, by request).  Choose from one of our three themed tours, and step into Port Carling’s rich cultural heritage:

  • Local Architecture
  • Port Carling’s Churches
  • A Walk into History                                        

Walking ToursOr choose your own theme to suit your group’s interest.

Cost: $5 per person, for a minimum of five people.

Book your tour through the Museum: 705-765-5367

Thanksgiving Open House,  Sunday, October 13th.

Join us from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday for our annual Thanksgiving Open House. Come for complimentary pumpkin muffins, hot mulled cider and other refreshments, while enjoying the pioneer demonstrations, including spinning, apple-pressing, butter-churning and corn-husk doll-making.

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