What do A.J. Casson, a jackleg drill and the Porcupine Advance newspaper have in common?
All of these pieces can be found in the collections of the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre! The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre is a public resource dedicated to the presentation, promotion and preservation of heritage and culture through exhibitions, community education and public programmes .
The centre is located at 325 Second Avenue, in downtown Timmins. The museum includes a local history gallery featuring rotating exhibitions on the Porcupine Camp, one of Canada’s most important gold mining areas. Our national exhibition centre hosts travelling exhibitions from museum s and galleries from across Canada. Bilingual educational programmes are available for grades one to twelve. We also offer a variety of workshops for adults and children dealing with arts and heritage themes. The museum grounds include an example of a historic Hollinger House; the exhibits in the home depict what life could have been like in the 1930’s in Timmins. A prospectors’ cabin recreates a bit of the wild frontier and tells the story of early prospectors to our area.
The museum archival collection includes over 20,000 images of the Porcupine, dating from 1908 as well as an extensive book collection and some archival material from local mines. Researchers are welcomed to use our archives; arrangements to do so can be
made by contacting the museum in advance. Finally, a trip to the museum would not be complete without a visit to our Museum Gift Shop. The boutique features handcrafted
articles made by Canadian artists and artisans. We also stock local books, souvenirs and boast a wicked kids’ section!
The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre is opened all
year, seven days a week. Admission to the museum is free.