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Museum Collection

Since its inception in 1964, the Lake of the Woods Museum has been actively collecting artifacts that are illustrative of this area’s history. Now more than 45 years later, and with a collection in excess of 25 000 articles, the museum continues to collect from a very generous public, both locally, and from all over North America and the world. Former local residents, wherever they are living, continue to support the museum through their donations of goods and funds.

The nucleus of the collection was a donation of over 300 artifacts from former Kenora Indian agent, Captain Frank Edwards. Edwards served as Indian agent here from 1920 until his death in 1945. His collection of beadwork, pipes, baskets, and other First Nations artifacts was an excellent foundation for the rest of the collection.

First Nations and fur trade artifacts, household goods, Rat Portage souvenirs, natural history specimens, minerals, textiles, industrial and business items, navigational gear and models highlight the major events and activities in the history of Kenora, Keewatin, Jaffray Melick and the Lake of the Woods.

The museum also actively collects photographs, journals, documents, and other archival material that are directly related to the history of this area.

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The massive deer rack on display has a massive 30 points. It has been unofficially scored at an incredible 252-2/8 and might well be the holder of the record as Ontario's biggest non-typical white-tail. At the present time, the record holder, with 20 points, has a score of 234-5/8. Because the origin of the Museum's rack is unknown and it could either be from Ontario or Manitoba, it cannot be confirmed as the record holder.