Step back in time at the Muskoka Lakes Museum 


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Featured Exhibition

2021 Featured Exhibit

Due to COVID-19, we have postponed the exhibit highlighting the life of Lou Spence until 2022. This year’s exhibit will feature items from our Postcard Collection. Showing quick communication methods in days before texts and tweets. 

Call for Volunteers


Can you read cursive writing? Unfortunately it is no longer being taught in schools. We need your help to transcribe our collection of letters and postcards to preserve the history. This can be done from the comfort of your own home. We can send you an scanned letter or postcard, and you can copy the text into a word document and send it back to us. If you are interested, please fill out our Volunteer Form or email us for more details.

Explore Muskoka’s rich history

Set on an island between the locks, the Muskoka Lakes Museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts and interactive exhibits that provide a colourful glimpse into the way things were. Explore our First Nations gallery and exhibits on local resort, steamship and boat building history. Visit an original pioneer log cabin and watch history come alive.

Help preserve Muskoka’s past

The Muskoka Lakes Museum relies on its members, donors and supporters to carry out the very important task of preserving Muskoka’s heritage. Your generous support ensures we can continue to offer exciting programming and make Muskoka’s history accessibleto all. Become a member and make a difference.

Museum Highlights

Phone a friend

Try one of our operational old-style crank or dial telephones.

Due to COVID-19, dial phones are currently not available. Crank phones are still available.

Hunt for treasures

Play with the past with scavenger hunts and a fur trader survival game.

Due to COVID-19, the survival game is not available. All other scavenger hunts are still available.

Play dressup

Pose for a fun photo op in the pioneer log cabin.

Due to COVID-19, the dressup trunk is not available.


100 Joseph Street, Port Carling
In James Bartleman Island Park, between the locks


July & August:
Wed. to Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Spring & Fall:
Wed. to Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Open Victoria Day to Thanksgiving; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Closed most holidays



100 Joseph Street
Box 432 
Port Carling ONP0B 1J0