Here are Thunder Bay's top museum attactions (Fort William's visitors centre shown at right).
Children's Museum For Thunder Bay
9 Water St S, ON
An interactive learning experience for children of all ages, located in the old CN station at Marina Park The museum is open July and August, Sunday to Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m..
Founders' Museum & Pioneer Village
Located on Hwy. 61 at Gillespie Rd.;
807-475-5114, Fax 807-473-4663
Venture through the Village and experience the historic pioneer homes, school house, church and train station which are all filled with artifacts. The General Store has it all from penny candy to player pianos. Also found in the town are a cobbler, music store, beauty parlor, vintage cars and farm equipment. Open daily in July and August, and weekends in September, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. To Organize a group tour, phone (807) 577 - 1207.
Definitely Superior Art Gallery
Lower level of the old Eaton's building
The one and only artist run gallery in all Northwestern Ontario. They showcase many works by regional and national artists. Open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Lakehead Visual Arts Gallery
Located along the harbour, in Marina Park;
View the work of local artists. Open June to September, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m..
Fort William Historical Park (formerly "Old Fort William")
South of the Airport on Neebing Ave, west on Broadway St. 1.5 km
807-473-2347; Event line 807-473-2333
The World's Largest Fur Trading Post. This is definitely one of the must-see in Thunder Bay. Visit the 25 acre site with over 42 historical buildings and experience life in the early 1800's with costumed interpreters. Enjoy everything from dancing to exploring a wigwam. Many upcoming events throughout the year.
Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall Of Fame
219 May St S, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1B5
Devoted to honouring Northwestern Ontario's rich sports history. The achievements and success of men, women, and teams from across the region are glorified in a wide variety of sports. There thousands of historical artifacts as well as interactive and educational displays. A comprehensive sports library is also available.
Office hours-10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and Open to the Public- Noon (12pm) to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Just west of Thunder Bay on RR 6 Hwy 130
A country museum showcasing the heritage of Slate River Valley and area. Includes demonstrations of tatting, quilting, weaving and evening lectures on Wednesday nights. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
(807) 577 - 6427.
A must see while in Thunder Bay. This national Gallery is the only on of its kind in the region. The Gallery networks with numerous other Galleries across Canada, U.S. and elsewhere. On visit here you'll find contemporary, historical, craft, photography, local and regional art. The Art Gallery is recognized globally for its contemporary Native art. With three exhibits often changed, there is always something new and for everyone. Before you leave make sure to check out the gift shop with an excellent source of hand crafted jewelry, books, souvenirs, children's items and more.
Thunder Bay Military Museum
317 Park Avenue
This museum showcases the military history of northwest Ontario, and includes a Weapons Room, a World War I room with a dugout trench, and Uniform Display Room, a World War II Room with periodically rotating displays.
The museum also features 315 water colour paintings by Mr Georg Hoegel who was a German prisoner of war in Canada from 1941 - 1946. Admission free or by donation. Open all year. Mid-June to Labour Day open Tues, Thurs, Friday and Sunday from 2pm - 4 pm, and Tuesday evenings 7 pm to 10 pm
Thunder Bay Museum
Located at 425 Donald St. E (Downtown South)
(807) 623 - 0801
Filled with amazing furniture and artwork, the Museum is 3 levels of historic culture, including an display of antique bicycles (dating back as far as 120 years). You'll find us within the old but newly renovated
courthouse and police station. View the furniture on the top level along with artwork, crystal and silver displays. The only permanent exhibits are situated on the main floor, they focus on prehistory, beadwork, the fur trade, Silver Islet, shipping and railway and the city's first electrical generator. One highlight of the Museum is the recreated street starting you at the beginning of the 20th century through to the Second World War. You'll see an operating theatre, an old doctors office and a 1920s barber shop, to name a few. Both the Museum and gift shop are open year round, starting June 15th it's open 7 days a week (11a.m. - 5p.m.).