Area Museums

Discovery North Bay

Discovery North Bay Museumis located in the historic Canadian Pacific train station at the corner of Oak Street and Ferguson Street downtown North Bay. Built in 1903, the station was restored in 2004 to house the museum. The North Bay Area Museum Society was established in 1973 as a not-for-profit organization and registered charity to preserve and celebrate the history of North Bay. In addition to regular programming and exhibitions, the museum galleries are available to rent for special functions and provide a great view of both Lake Nipissing and downtown North Bay.


Mattawa and District Museum

Nestled on Explorer's Point, this beautiful red pine structure hewed out of the wood that made the Ottawa Valley prosper was established in 1984. It is located at the junction of the Ottawa and Mattawa Rivers. This confluence has meant that the site has held a strategic and important position for the people who have travelled this historic waterway.

The Eau Claire Gorge

The Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area is located on the Amable du Fond River in Calvin Township, west of highway 630. It is approximately six miles from Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. The Eau Claire Gorge was the first property purchased by the NBMCA for use as a conservation area in order to preserve the land’s unique natural and historic features.

Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence

The Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence is dedicated to telling the story of the men and women who helped shape the emerging world of air and aerospace defence. ​From hunting Zeppelins in the First World War, to the amazing Underground Complex for NORAD, to modern day anti-smuggling operations, our museum follows the story of people, planes and radar for over a century.​​ Come join us in North Bay, Ontario, and learn about the rich history from the only museum of its kind in Canada!

Callander Bay Heritage Museum and Alex Dufresne Gallery

Welcome to the Callander Bay Heritage Museum, situated in the former home and practice of Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, Physician to the Dionne Quintuplets! When you visit the museum, you will be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The staff will give you a brief introduction to the museum, and then send you on your way to explore all the wonderful rooms of artifacts. While exploring the museum, we ask that you not touch the artifacts or take flash photography. The staff will be happy to answer any of your questions and, if you like, provide you with a Tour Companion which will provide you with further information and points of interest in the collection. The Alex Dufresne Gallery houses several exhibitions each year supporting the artistic talents of local and area artists. It is named after Alex Dufresne, a well known barber and collector of fine antiques and artifacts who was instrumental in opening the museum in 1981.

The Nipissing Township Museum

We invite you to visit our Nipissing Township Museum. Come see the displays of the tools of area pioneers. We have reconstructed Settler's Homes and an original Log Church built in the 1880's. Come browse our Barber Shop and the General Store and choose between a collection of books, cards and sketches.

The museum tells the story of the life of our Pioneers. This museum was a Methodist Church, built in 1882. In 1901 it was sold to the Anglican Community and became St. Mary's Anglican Church. In an accessory building we have books and materials for research.

The Nipissing Township Museum is conveniently located on Highway 654 just off Highway 11 South, and is open Tues to Sun, 10 - 4 between June 10th and August 31st.

Sturgeon River House Museum

Sturgeon River House was established in order to promote and preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the population of the municipality of West Nipissing.