The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre has been delivering heritage and cultural services to the residents of Timmins for over thirty-seven years. We preserve, present and promote the history, arts, culture and science of the Timmins area, Northeastern Ontario and Canada. We are able to meet these ideals through the presentation of exhibitions, the delivery of educational and public programmes, the active collection of artifacts and archival materials, the conservation of educational, exhibit and research collections, and the promotion our unique mining and cultural heritage.
The new Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre, located at 325 Second Avenue, re-opened for business in September 2011. The new museum includes a history gallery featuring artifacts and stories of the Porcupine Camp, one of Canada’s most important gold mining communities. Our museum also has a temporary gallery space that hosts travelling exhibitions from across Canada, an archives and a gift shop. Educational programmes are available for grades one to twelve and are delivered in both English and French. We also offer a variety of workshops for adults and children dealing with arts and heritage themes. Our yearly Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale, a favorite for artists, craftsmen and shoppers for over twenty-five years, is held during the last week of November. This show and sale features unique, one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces by some of the region’s best artists and artisans.
You will certainly find something to please you in our temporary gallery in 2013. We will be featuring exhibitions from Canada’s National Museums: Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspirations, from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Our Feathered Friends, from the Canadian Museum of Nature and Food for Health, from the Canadian
Museum of Science and Technology. The museum will also be presenting exhibitions featuring the works of members from the Porcupine Art Club and the Timmins Quilters Guild.
The museum archival collection includes over 20,000 images of the Porcupine, dating from 1908. You can look through the photographs in our library, or, if you prefer, you can browse through our extensive archives of mining publications. Researchers are welcomed to submit their questions and arrange for study time with the collection.
Finally, a trip to the museum would not be complete without a visit to our Museum Gift Shop. Local handmade crafts and items from around the world are available year round. Our children’s corner offers a variety of educational (but fun!) toys and games.
The Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre is opened year round, seven days a week and offers free admission.