Step back in time at the Muskoka Lakes Museum 


Museum now CLOSED for the winter.

Museum now CLOSED for the winter.

The Museum is now CLOSED for the winter.  We are planning to re-open on Saturday,  May 22nd, 2021, (Victoria Day wkd).  Details on the Museum’s 2021 programs and activities will be at To ... Read More

Featured Exhibition

‘Canoeing in Muskoka’ this season’s Featured exhibit

‘Canoeing in Muskoka’ this season’s Featured exhibit

This year's 'Canoeing in Muskoka' exhibit features a new addition to our canoe collection, a Mack Cunningham canoe from Bala. Known as one of Muskoka best boat builders, Mack Cunningham, along with his family, hand-built canvas covered canoes to rent in the 1930s and 1940s out of what is now known as Purk’s Place near the falls in Bala. A favourite of the fishermen and hunters of the day, it is of Mack's 16 ft. models, complete with a paddle and a single seat-back, both stamped WC to keep them with the rental canoes. 'Canoeing in Muskoka' explores the place the canoe has in the region's history, from the First Nations peoples and early explorers to day-tripping by tourists and cottagers to regattas. Come in and experience for yourself the joys of 'Canoeing in Muskoka'. We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of PH&N Institutional as this year's Sponsor of our Feature Exhibit, 'Canoeing in Muskoka' Read More


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2021 Featured Exhibit

Next season’s Feature exhibit will highlight long-time cottager Lou Spence and his sailing and navy experience. This is made possible through the very generous support of his family.

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