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Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Phone: 705-746-5365
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The E. Roy Smith Gallery is currently closed.

The E. Roy Smith Gallery, normally the home of our permanent or long-running exhibitions, has been shut down so that the Gallery can be updated. This October the Gallery will become the new home to a working model of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway.

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Staff and volunteers have been hard at work in the E Roy Smith Gallery. The Barn is officially down and has been moved out of the Gallery into storage.

A big thank you to Merrill, Joanne, Ellen, Roger, Gord, Barb, Quinlan, Doug and Daryl for making this happen!


The Museum has successfully completed the first stage of our planned fall 2019 renovation of the E. Roy Smith Gallery; moving the Mackinaw boat. Watch the video below to see how we did it. Thank you to the staff of Glenn Burney Marina who made the move possible.


Now On Display...

Start Date:
Mar 13/2019
Forgotten Communities

End Date:
Dec 21/2019


Forgotten Communities: The Commercial Fishing Villages of Parry Sound explores the fishing villages established along the Georgian Bay and how their own success led to their demise.

Commercial fishermen in the 1800s and early 1900s lived a hard life. In order to remain competitive and earn their living they adapted and innovated, creating more and more efficient tools of their trade. As the industry boomed in the late 1800s remote seasonal fishing villages bloomed across the bay, including those on the Bustard and Mink Islands.


Courtesy of the Dave Thomas Collections. Photo of the "Dolphin" tug boat, taken in 1939. It belonged to the Parr family who worked on Mink Island.

Men would spend their summers working, bringing their families with them. Unfortunately, by the 1940s the industry’s supply of fish was heavily depleted and suffering negative effects from the introduction of a variety of invasive species. The exhibition will be on display in the Museum’s Founder’s Room from March 6, 2019 – December 21, 2019.

Exhibition Highlight

Mackinaw boats were the ideal vessel for travelling along the Georgian Bay. They were originally rigged as sailboats. By the turn of the 20th century, they became outfitted with engines.

Formerly housed in the E. Roy Smith Gallery, our Mackinaw boat was moved to be apart of this exhibition, as well as, make room for a future renovation. Watch the video below to see how we moved it!

Official Opening Reception

We invite our members and the public to the opening reception on March 13 from 6pm – 7pm. During the event manger/ curator, Nadine Hammond, will say a few words about the creation of the exhibition, and visitors can get a first-look at the exhibition, while enjoying some light refreshments. For the latest updates, click here.


Start Date:
Jul 01/2019
The Look: 100 Years of Fashion

End Date:
Nov 03/2019

The Look: 100 Years of Fashion

Over the last century, women's fashion has changed drastically. From the ankle-length dresses of the late 1800s, to the thigh-high mini skirts of the 1960s, the different styles that have hit the streets of Parry Sound have all come and gone for a reason.

*Photo courtesy of Thom Morrissey Photography

Many factors have contributed to women reconsidering and rethinking the way they dress. From political influences such as world events and the critical role played by political female figures, to technological advances and influences from cultural phenomena and the current state of the economy, everything we do contributes to the way we view fashion and current trends. This exhibition highlights the social and economic factors that have led to these shifting styles through a variety of women's clothing and accessories found within our collection.

*Photo courtesy of Thom Morrissey Photography

Kick off your summer in style by visiting the Museum and exploring 100 years of fashion!










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