Ontario Heritage Trust museums open for the summer!

TORONTO - Explore the province and visit one of the Ontario Heritage Trust’s museums. Located across Ontario, these sites share unique and compelling stories from our history and bring them to life through interactive tours, exhibits and special events.

Niagara Apothecary, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Visit this National Historic Site and learn how pharmacists practised their profession 150 years ago. See the rows of patent medicines and "miracle cure-alls" for everything from hair loss to tuberculosis. Operated by the Ontario College of Pharmacists. – Open May 12-September 3 and on weekends to October 28

Fulford Place, Brockville

Get a rare glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of another era. Discover the story of Senator George and Mary Fulford while exploring their grand mansion, featuring many original family furnishings. Walk the same halls as royalty and stroll through the restored Olmsted Brothers gardens. – Summer season May 19-September 2; year-round school visits and group tours by appointment

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Dresden, Chatham-Kent

In her best-selling novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe drew from Josiah Henson’s dramatic experiences in slavery. Take a guided tour of Josiah and Nancy’s last home to discover Ontario’s Underground Railroad and early Black history. Explore numerous upgrades and a new permanent exhibit opening in 2018, plus the annual Emancipation Day celebration on August 4. – Summer season May 19-October 26; year-round school visits and group tours by appointment

Homewood Museum, Maitland (near Brockville)

Step into one of Ontario’s oldest houses and learn about the life of Dr. Solomon Jones (1756-1822), a United Empire Loyalist and the area’s first physician. See Solomon and Mary’s original family furnishings and heirlooms, and discover the story behind the Red Fameuse apple. – Open May 19-September 2

Mather-Walls House, Kenora

Explore the house built by John Mather, an enterprising businessman who formed the Keewatin Lumbering and Manufacturing Company in the late 1800s. It was one of three nearly identical houses built for his employees. Operated by the Lake of the Woods Historical Society. – Open June 27 to August 25

Macdonell-Williamson House, Chute-à-Blondeau (near Hawkesbury)

Visit the former home of John and Magdeleine Macdonell. John was a fur trader with the North West Company in the early 1800s who sponsored construction of the first steamboat on the Ottawa River. See the recently completed conservation work and new displays at this National Historic Site. Operated by the Friends of Macdonell-Williamson House/Les Amis de la maison Macdonell-Williamson. – Open June 30-August 26

Sir Harry Oakes Chateau, Kirkland Lake

Discover the impressive chateau of the eccentric Sir Harry Oakes and his wife Eunice. Harry was the famous prospector of the gold-mining era that put Kirkland Lake on the map. Today, the chateau is home to the Museum of Northern History, operated by the City of Kirkland Lake. Open year-round with frequent special events and exhibits

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto

Step inside the oldest school still standing in the city and learn about Victorian life in 19th-century Toronto. Established in 1848, this was also the city’s first free school. Take a guided tour, book a curriculum-based educational program, or plan a special event at this popular wedding venue. Operated in partnership with the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation. – Summer season July 2-August 28; year-round tours and school visits by appointment

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre,Toronto

Explore this magnificent National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world. Take a guided tour of the elegant Elgin Theatre and then travel seven stories up to the whimsical Winter Garden Theatre. Special features include samples of the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery and the newly restored leaf ceiling in the Winter Garden. Open year-round with public tours twice per week and group tours by appointment.

Quick facts

Ontario Heritage Trust sites are also popular venues for special events and film shoots. Find out more about booking Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, the Ontario Heritage Centre and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.

Learn more

Find out the opening times, admission rates and location for each of the Ontario Heritage Trust museums.


Catrina Colme, Ontario Heritage Trust, 416-325-5074 (office), 416-278-0442 (cell),

The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario’s heritage.

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