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Permanent Exhibits

The Lake of the Woods Museum’s exhibits are arranged according to a rough timeline, beginning with an intriguing collection of aboriginal artifacts, including colourful bead work, quill work, embroidery, jingle dresses, ceremonial pipes, birch bark and willow baskets, accented with photographs of the area’s first inhabitants.

The importance of the fur trade, followed by the Kenora town settlement (then called Rat Portage), and the steamboat era on Lake of the Woods are depicted with trade goods, photographs, and boat models.

The second exhibit level focuses on the everyday home and social life between 1890 and 1920, a time of tremendous growth of the town of Kenora. Sitting room, kitchen, and bedroom vignettes are set off with exhibits featuring china, silverware, local schools, war service, women’s period dress, household goods, and souvenir ware.

Large display photographs illustrate what the area looked like one hundred years ago and what life was like when a day at Coney Beach involved crowds of people, when a fishing catch meant hundreds of pounds of trout, and when there were more birds found decorating hats than nesting in trees.

Lastly, the industrial development of town is featured on the third level of exhibit space. Lumbering, mining, water power, flour milling, and lake transportation were vital to the area’s development. A diorama of the lake’s most successful gold mine, the Sultana; photographs of boat building and store interiors; Lake of the Woods Brewery artifacts; medical devices; and outboard motors are just a sampling of what’s on display.

Do Not Miss

OUR TOWN Photographs
Silent Auction
April 4 - May 4
Find out how to get your Our Town exhibit photo

OUR TOWN TALKS - The Best Of
A Presentation by Braden Murray
April 20 @ 2pm
More info about the presentation

BY REQUEST ONLY 2
A Concert by Wayne Kelso & Friends
May 16 @ 7:30pm
Learn how you can have fun AND support Kenora's new Art Centre at this fundraiser

CALL TO ARTISTS!
A Juried Exhibition at the new
Art Centre
Find out how to submit your work here

In Our Temporary Exhibit Gallery

HELD OVER UNTIL May 4!!
OUR TOWN
An Exhibit of Large Scale
Rat Portage/Kenora
Town Images
January 17 - March 30, 2019
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The magnificent furniture displayed in the Victorian parlour came from the Machin family, who were involved in gold mining on Lake of the Woods. Most of the furniture came from Mrs. Machin's family, the Knights, from England, who owned diamond mines in South Africa.