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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Email: info@museumontowerhill.com
Phone: 705-746-5365
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The E. Roy Smith Room is home to the Museum’s permanent collection and tells the story of Parry Sound. The gallery houses all manner of items from beautiful handcrafted porcupine quill and bark baskets to the tools of the local doctor. Through all the items in this gallery, you can learn about shipwrecks, the logging trade, the early days of northern life, and much more. Our friendly raccoon eagerly awaits your arrival.

 

 


Now On Display...

Start Date:
Jul 01/2018
Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied Exhibition

End Date:
Dec 21/2018
   

The story of the Avro Arrow is well known and a tribute to what could have been for Canada’s aerospace industry. Often forgotten in the story of the Arrow is the impact its cancellation had on both the social and economic life of the factory towns that aided in its construction, such as Nobel and Malton. Over 200 employees worked testing Orenda engine parts that were to be used in the Arrows. By 1959 the Arrow project was cancelled and the industrial prospects of Nobel were denied with it.

Below is a quick look at the exhibition...

"On April 18, 1958, Jan Zurakowski took RL-201 on its seventh flight. He flew over Tobermory then back towards Peterborough and Kingston. The aircraft reached a height of 50,000 feet and speed of mach 1.52 (approximately 1000 miles or 1,600 km per hour). The Royal Canadian Air Force did not release any more data on the test program after that flight, but engineers noted that the plane was still climbing and still accelerating. Fitted with Iroquois engines, the Arrow would undoubtedly have broken speed records.

 As the Iroquois engine was developed, the engineers looked for an aircraft to test it on. Few planes could handle the weight and thrust of the Iroquois and the American B-47 bomber was chosen. Only thirty-one hours of flight testing were completed, and the engine’s acceleration was described as “fantastic.” During flight testing, the Iroquois could not run at full power; the thrust would have shaken the B-47 apart.

Nobody ever admitted giving the order to destroy everything related to the Arrow and Iroquois projects. The destruction of the planes, parts, drawings, documents and photographs was carried out quickly, but many items survived. Some people kept their tools as souvenirs, some kept Arrow and Iroquois parts or drawings but many left on Black Friday with only their memories."

Click here to few a video of our curator/manager, Nadine Hammond, discussing the exhibition with YourTV.



Start Date:
Nov 17/2018
O Christmas Tree: A Brief History

End Date:
Dec 21/2018
   

 

From November 17 - December 21, O Christmas Tree: A Brief History will be on display in the Lion’s Room. This exhibition provides a concise look at the origins of Christmas trees, exploring the early Celtic and German pagan traditions, up to the rise in popularity during the Victorian period.

One of the most distinguishable symbols of Christmas is the Christmas tree, but did you know that their origin pre-dates Christmas? Trees and garlands have been used for centuries by different cultures for worship, celebration and even protection. Over time, these traditions transformed and became associated with Christmas, developing into the modern Christmas tree we all know and cherish.
 
On November 17 from 1 -2 pm, we will be hosting the exhibition's opening reception. There will be light refreshments and a few words from the staff. Admission is by a recommedned donation of $2.00. For updates on the opening, click here to like our Facebook event page.

Highlights:

Victorian-Inspired Christmas ScenePrior to the mid-19th century, Christmas trees were widely viewed as a pagan tradition. The popularized of Christmas trees did not peak until the mid-1800s when the London News published an illustration of the British monarch's Christmas tree. Afterwards, the acceptance of Christmas trees spread quickly throughout Britain and Canada.

Memory Tree: Help decorate our Christmas tree by writing your favourite memory on an ornament and "hanging it" on the tree!

 

 
Holiday Merchandise Display: Holiday decorations and Chrimtmas cards prior to the mid-1800s were mostly homemade. With the wide spread popularity of Christmas in the late-1800s, the holiday became highly commercialized and items, such as cards, were mass produced in factories.

 


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