Gore Bay & Western Manitoulin Museum: 12 Dawson Street

The Gore Bay Museum building is part of the Gore Bay court complex and served as the Manitoulin District Jail and jailer’s residence until 1945. It is one of the few remaining Ontario jails which has retained many of its original features. It has now been converted into a museum that displays the history of local early settlers.

The museum is devoted to self-guiding, self-explanatory thematic exhibits such as The Dentist Office & The General Store, that bring the times to life. The Kitchen has labour saving devices and everyday objects. All successful museums have some parts that are pure bliss, requiring absolutely no effort. It is possible to “gaze” at the cases admiring the hats, clothing, and shoes. Their significance, in their symbolism, is foremost here.

In 2014, The Gore Bay Museum was recognized with the Ontario Historical Society’s 2014 Russell K. Cooper Living History Site, or Heritage-Based Museum Award, for its hard work and dedication to the preservation of Ontario’s history.

For a link to the museum’s website click here


June Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday  10:00AM – 4:00PM 

August-October Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00AM - 4:00 PM / Sunday - 2:00PM - 4:00PM


  • Adults: $4.00
  • Seniors: $3.00
  • Students & Children under 15: $2.00
  • Annual family membership: $25.00

PHONE: 705-282-2040

William Purvis Marine Museum: 40 Water Street, 3rd Floor Harbour Centre

The third floor of The Harbour Centre is the home of The William Purvis Marine Centre. The museum is dedicated to preserve and promote the marine history of the Great Lakes with displays organized around specific themes. Through publications, speakers, open houses, and the hosting of other activities, the marine museum helps preserve the history of the Great Lakes and makes it accessible to the public.


September-October Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

July-September Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday - 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

ADMISSION: By Donation