Celebrate Museum Month at a BruceGreySimcoe Museum

May 01, 2019
May is Museum Month and the Ontario Museum Association joins over 700 Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites in celebrating their rich contributions to our communities. BruceGreySimcoe is home to some amazing museums—big and small—that make amazing cultural contributions to residents and visitors alike. We checked in with our local museums to see how they’re celebrating Museum Month and put together this handy list of activities and events for you. Read on to find out why this is the perfect time to visit a #brucegreysimcoe museum.
 

 
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
Rockford, Ontario
 
Head on over to Grey Roots Museum and Archives to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will get free admission to the galleries and learn all about the fun things coming up the museum this summer. Get one last look at the Peeling Back the Layers: Apples in Grey exhibit before it’s packed up May 25th. Learn about Grey County’s men and women in battle from the Surviving the Unthinkable: Citizen Soldiers of Grey exhibit and peruse the Grey County Gallery before it gets a spring update. Find out more at the museum website right here.
 
Simcoe County Museum
Minesing, Ontario
 
Created back in 1928, the museum features five galleries and 16 outdoor heritage and display buildings. More than 30,000 people visit the Simcoe County Museum each year. To celebrate Museum Month, the Simcoe County Museum kicks off a full lineup of programming for the month of May.
 
The museum's 10 heritage buildings open May 1 and offer some great insight into the daily life and development of the area over time. Check out the 1834 Spearin Log Home, the 1922 Cedar View Cottage and the schoolhouse—featured in the 1985 Anne of Green Gables movies.
 
Throughout the month of May, the museum is offering guided Saturday afternoon tours on a first come, first serve basis. These behind-the-ropes tours let visitors see select storage areas and unique artifacts. Tours are at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. and run for 45 minutes.
 
The Clovis Exhibit also runs in May. Clovis—the Caribou Hunters—is a travelling exhibit from Musee Nature Sciences in Sherbrooke, Quebec. This interactive exhibits opens May 11 and leaps back 12,000 years for a look at the nomadic lifestyles of the first people to travel the tundra in Canada's southeast.
 
Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre
Southampton, Ontario
The Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is offering a rich lineup of diverse exhibits, programs and events throughout the month of May.
 
The “Open Doorways’ art installation explores mental health through the art of storytelling and visual imagery. The exhibition is open from May 6 until June 2 and you can learn more here.
 
On May 10, wine expert Lynda Fletcher leads an evening of wine and food pairings at the 11th Annual Wine Tasting.
 
The musuem’s unique Eco Explorers program helps children 7 to 12 learn about a variety of environmental topics from animals to recycling and waterways to soil. On May 4, MacGregror Point Provincial Park staff join the group to explore the first signs of spring outdoors and on May 31, there’s a full day bus trip to Clinton Conservation Area. Find out more about the Eco Explorers program right here.
 
The “Kids Celebrate” exhibit opens May 16 and profiles 12 special occasions across four seasons to showcase the ways kids experience different seasonal and cultural celebrations. With hands on activities, this travelling exhibition is fun for the whole family. Find out more here.
 
The Bruce County Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
 
Orillia Museum of Art and History
 
The Orillia Museum of Art and History has some great programming in the month of May. Their annual Carmichael Lecture, "The Art of Money: Design of Canadian Coinage" with speakers Tony Bianco and Robert Browne, is May 8 and tickets are $15. The OMAH also has a number of exhibitions running in May: Styling Orillia, Mnjikaning, Playful Banquet, and Kelli Dove: Eh Ok. Find out more about visiting the museum right here.
 
South Grey Museum and Historical Library
 
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This Flesherton museum is hosting a 90's Night on May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. This fun event features the original art and photography by local artists Dawn Grace and Paige Martin, plus a live audience recording of communication deterioration podcast and the creation of a live mural. Admission by donation. Find out more by following @southgreymuseum on Instagram.
 
Craigleith Heritage Depot
 
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This train station-turned-museum is a must-see when in the Collingwood area. Their biggest May offering happens May 4 with their Reel History series premiere of the Mary Ward Shipwreck and the Pathway to the Village of the Souls. The presentation takes place at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury with doors opening at 6 p.m. The event includes an evening of storytelling led by Marine Curator and Historian Ian Bell, followed by the viewing of the films, both presented in virtual reality. Tickets are $25 and available at the Craigleith Heritage Depot and the L.E. Shore Memorial Library. Funds raised will be used to develop future local history documentaries.
 
To find more museums in the BruceGreySimcoe area, visit our website.