Improve Your Museum's Accessibility Plan

Mar 09, 2023
Need to Know
Additional speaker announced! 
Heidi Reitmaier, Myseum of Toronto

Register now for our webinar at 11:00am!
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Upcoming Webinar:
Approaches to Online Exhibits

Small Bytes Webinar Series

Thursday March 9, 2023
11:00 AM ET to 12:30 PM (90 minutes) 

The Big Pivot of the pandemic made Ontario museums’ online exhibits even more important, and many museums embraced online platforms for the first time. To meet the needs of a growing audience for these digital experiences, how can museums leverage their new digital skills and knowledge of in-person exhibits to create compelling online content?

Hear from museums of all sizes as our experienced presenters take us through the challenges, successes, and future of their online exhibits, and how these projects connect museums to their communities in a digital space.

With a Q&A moderated by Sarah Beam-Borg, bring your questions about how your museum can approach an online exhibit!

  • Peter Pavement, CEO at Surface Impression
  • Kendra Campbell, Interpretive Planner at the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Natalie Wood, Curator/Director at Brockville Museum
  • Heidi Reitmaier, Executive Director at Myseum of Toronto
Read more and register HERE.
Accessibility Plans
Thinking about updating, renewing, or improving your institution's Accessibility Plan? The Tools for Museum Practice section of the OMA's Resources page has information to assist you. Log in to the OMA website and take a look in the Physical Plant and Community sections for resources like: 
How to create an accessibility plan and policy
Government of Ontario

Find step-by-step instructions and templates to help prepare accessibility policies and a multi-year plan as required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
  1. Requirements overview
  2. Step one: Create your accessibility policies
  3. Step two: Create your multi-year accessibility plan
  4. Step three: Review and update your policies and plan
  5. Common barriers and solutions
  6. Disclaimer

Learn more HERE.

Provincial News
Government of Canada invests in tourism recovery and community infrastructure support in southwestern Ontario
On February 24, Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor–Tecumseh, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a total investment of nearly $6 million for 26 projects across Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton. These investments, through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) will aide in recovery from the pandemic, safely welcome back visitors and strengthen communities. Recipients include:
  • Art Windsor-Essex - $135,250 create an augmented reality digital tourism experience accessible throughout downtown Windsor and the Art Gallery.
  • Eelunaapeewi Lahkeewiit - $65,000 improve Fairfield Museum by displaying historical items, and providing tours and programming.
  • Leamington Arts Centre - $100,000 install a four-season outdoor patio and immersive public art.
  • Serbian Heritage Museum of Windsor - $161,813 improve the museum interior through accessibility improvements and exterior space.
  • Windsor Centre For Film - $494,947 rehabilitate the roof of the new Media Arts Community Centre and create an 'Outdoor Living Room.'

Read the media release HERE.
Read the backgrounder HERE

On March 3, Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, announced a total investment of over $4.5 million for 22 projects in London, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford and Norfolk that will support community infrastructure enhancements, tourism recovery and economic development in the region. Recipients include:
  • Backus-Page House Museum - $66,293 expand winter season offerings through guided tours, hikes and snowshoe walks, and outdoor winter-themed tours and events.
  • Walters Music Venue - $17,500 create a smaller stage area to complement the large stage and theatre space - to increase programming.
  • Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority - $750,000 expand the Longwoods Road Resource Centre and create an Indigenous Community Education Centre.
  • South Norwich Historical Society - $102,900 construct a gender-neutral, accessible washroom at the Otterville Station Museum.

Read the media release HERE.
Read the backgrounder HERE.

Black Artists' Networks in Dialogue announces funding for gallery renovation

On February 27, 2023 Black Artists' Networks in Dialogue (BAND) formally announces financial backing for capital improvements to the BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre in Parkdale. The Toronto-based charitable organization, in support of Black artists and cultural workers, hosted Arif Virani, the Member of Parliament for Parkdale High Park, other representatives from the City of Toronto, and Sophia Doulaghsingh, from the Scotiabank executive team at BAND19 (19 Brock Avenue). The press event included a preview of the new design from the lead architect, Dami Akinbode of Diamond Schmitt. The result will be a functional gallery, multipurpose community areas, and brand-new artists' studios and workshops. Renovations are expected to be completed by fall 2023.

"We're incredibly grateful for the support of our funders, neighbours, community, staff, and board members, as well as our design team," says Karen Carter, BAND co-founder. "We're thrilled to be working with Diamond Schmitt and Dami Akinbode, who understand the requirements and vision for the space. These renovations will improve our ability to meet the needs of our community of emerging artists, curators, and cultural workers through expanded and improved offerings."

Read more HERE.
Twitter (Feb. 28, @CdnHeritageThe #GoC is supporting @blackartndialog ’s renovation project. We are proud to help BAND Gallery and #CulturalCentre update their space to better meet the needs of the Black artists and cultural workers community. #BlackCulture #BHM
Government of Canada supports revitalized
Toronto Holocaust Museum

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

On February 23, 2023 Ya’ara Saks, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for York Centre, along with the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced that the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Greater Toronto is receiving an investment of $500,000 to launch the revitalized Toronto Holocaust Museum, set to open in June 2023.

“...With support from the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, this newly designed, state-of-art museum is going to have a meaningful impact on visitors and locals for generations to come.” – Ya’ara Saks, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for York Centre

“The world-class Toronto Holocaust Museum will be a destination for Canadians and people from around the globe to explore this important and difficult chapter of history. Through cutting-edge technology and a state-of-the-art facility, visitors will be inspired to reflect on the Holocaust and to make connections between the lessons of the past and the challenges of today...” – Adam Minsky, President and CEO, United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto

Read the media release HERE.
Twitter (Feb. 23, @Holocaust_EdExcited about the federal grant from the Tourism Relief Fund and grateful for their unwavering support of the Toronto Holocaust Museum - can’t wait to open in June! @FedDevOntario@YaaraSaks@FilomenaTassi@UJAFederation@CIJAinfo@Danielmheld
Survey: Help CLEO Meet the
Legal Needs of Nonprofits


CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) is launching a survey to get a picture of the legal needs of nonprofits relating to governance, employment law, and privacy/record keeping. It should take about 15 minutes. By participating, you will be helping to inform CLEO about the legal supports your organization needs.

The survey has 15 questions. Please take a moment to complete the survey. To learn more about the Nonprofit Law Ontario project, visit

Complete the Survey HERE

Mississauga Businesses Receive Over $900,000 in Tourism Recovery Support
City of Mississauga

On March 2, 2023 Tourism Mississauga announced financial support for tourism businesses and organizations from Regional Tourism Organization 5 – Greater Toronto Area (RTO5) to help them position themselves for a strong and resilient economic future. RTO5 received $12 million through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The Mississauga projects receiving this tourism relief funding, include:

  • CreativeHub 1352 – receiving $99,800 to support execution of the Mississauga Festival of Trees, which will include 10 family activities and workshops, two culinary markets and three days of live entertainment from local artists.
  • Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood – receiving $20,000 to update the website revitalization by adding digitization features to better serve newcomers.
  • monstrARTity Creative Community – receiving $25,160 to deliver the #BollywoodMonster Mashup festival, with an expected 60,000 attendees.
  • The Egyptian Museum in Mississauga – receiving $100,000 to develop a multi-media, self-directed tour of the museum for patrons and help the museum secure new and rare artifacts.

“A thriving tourism industry is an integral contributor to our long-term economic success and prosperity, as its success has ripple effects throughout our entire economy. I would like to thank the federal government for these targeted investments through the Tourism Relief Fund, which will help our industry address the lingering impacts of the pandemic and expand their offerings to attract future visitors to our great city.” -- Her Worship Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

Read the media release HERE.
Read the backgrounder HERE.

Canadian Automotive Museum gets funding from Oshawa Council after years of lobbying

The Canadian Automotive Museum has finally regained some financial support from the City Oshawa. Council approved an annual capital contribution of 25 cents per person in the recently concluded budget deliberations – roughly equivalent to $47,000 – as well as a $15,000 grant for “strategic business development” at the museum.

Museum board member Gregory Johnston has been at the forefront of the lobbying effort. Johnston said he made it his mission to restore funding to the museum when he joined the board but eight years of pleading with elected officials and staff but got no further than a $5,000 tax break until he enlisted the support of residents and local businesses. In addition to residents, the museum received support in the campaign from labour organizations (Durham Region Labour Alliance, Unifor 222, GM Salaried Retirees), local car clubs, business groups and charities.

Read more HERE.

Twitter (Mar.1, @LGLizDowdeswellA wonderful visit to the @OntScienceCtr to tour their two new exhibitions, Indigenous Ingenuity and REGALIA. So much to learn about Indigenous knowledge and culture, both in the past and as we see it today. -- The Honourable Elizabeth Downswell Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre receives $65,000 from OTF to support programming

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre receives a $65,000 Resilient Communities Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to support programming at the centre - focusing on physical and mental health, as well as STEM-based educational activities.

“I am proud that our government was able to provide $65,400 through the OTF Resilient Communities Fund to allow the Bushplane hire a program coordinator and develop new program offerings." -- Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie

"The impact of this [OTF] grant cannot be overstated,” said Jamie Hilsinger, executive director of the centre. “Over 1,000 kids and seniors have attended our programs in under two months of delivery. The program engages our White Pines Field School in using practical skills such as baking, communication and social interactions. This funding is helping the Bushplane become the community hub it’s been striving to be.” 

Read more HERE
Welland Museum unveils new website
thanks to OTF grant

Welland Tribune

The Welland Museum’s brand new website will allow people from across town or the country to shop at the museum’s gift shop, where they’ll be able to snap up all manner of goods featuring the museum’s iconic It’s All Welland Good brand. “We have hoodies, aprons, umbrellas, tuques, T-shirts, socks,” said Mooney, museum co-ordinator, at the official launch of the museum’s new website on March 3. Mooney joined other officials at the event, which was also an opportunity to say thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a $42,500 grant to create the new website that will feature current exhibits.

Niagara Centre riding MPP Jeff Burch said the new website will help to showcase the museum, located on King Street in a former library that marks its 100th anniversary this year. “The Welland Museum, which has undergone significant renovations during the pandemic, is a source of civic pride where people can learn about the history of their community at the King Street location or by accessing its new user-friendly website,” he said.

Read more HERE.

Art Gallery of Ontario launches expansion project thanks to lead gift of $35 million
Art Gallery of Ontario

Thanks to a monumental lead gift of $35-million from Dani Reiss, the AGO is launching an expansion project to significantly increase gallery space for its growing collection of modern and contemporary art. The Dani Reiss Modern and Contemporary Gallery will increase the museum’s gallery space by 40,000 square feet, with at least 13 new galleries across five floors -- increasing the AGO’s total space available to display art by 30%.

The Gallery will expand the museum to the east...nestled between the AGO and the Ontario College of Art and Design University. It will seamlessly connect to, and be accessed by, a number of galleries in the AGO’s existing galleries from four locations, increasing visitor circulation.

Read the media release HERE.

Twitter (Mar. 6, @NeilLumsdenMPP#DYK@ScienceNorth is one of Northern #Ontario's most popular tourist attractions? Today I sat down with CEO @ashleyslarose & Min. @GregRickford at #PDAC2023 to discuss the Northwest Expansion plans for a brand new facility in #ThunderBay & an addition to the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre in #Kenora -- The Honourable Neil Lumsden Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport
Twitter (Feb. 21 @NeilLumsdenMPPThe McMichael Gallery is home to the art of Canada. Last week, I had the opportunity to experience this remarkable collection alongside #KingVaughan MPP + #Ontario Minister of Education @Sflecc#ExploreOntario and discover the beauty of the @mcacgallery -- The Honourable Neil Lumsden Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport
Friends of Fort George receives OTF funds to help reopen Brock’s Monument
Niagara Falls Review

The Friends of Fort George received over $47,000 in funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which created summer jobs for three university students. For the Friends, the ability to hire summer students to work as historical interpreters at Brock’s Monument was more than providing a summer job. It was also a chance to return to telling the history of the War of 1812, particularly the Battle of Queenston Heights.

“We had some really positive feedback from teachers that got to come out and see what the battle site was like and see what soldiers wore,” said Amanda Gamble, executive director of the Friends.

Read more HERE.

Art Gallery of Sudbury receives $150,000 for capital campaign, Junction East Cultural Hub

The Art Gallery of Sudbury’s contributions toward their upcoming space at the Junction East Cultural Hub received a $150,000 boost. The Douglas A. Smith Family Foundation pledged the money to support the gallery’s capital campaign.

"This innovative and responsive donation to the back of house operations will enable the Gallery staff to catalogue and house new acquisitions along with current artworks in an appropriate setting,” gallery director and curator Demetra Christakos said in a media release.

The Junction East Cultural Hub is $98.5-million municipal project, which is slated to see a new central library join a new Art Gallery of Sudbury and space for the Sudbury Multicultural Folk Arts Association at a new building next to the Sudbury Theatre Centre downtown.

Read more HERE.

Twitter (Mar. 3, @ExploreONDiscover Ontario’s story at 700+ museums, galleries and heritage sites that help make our province one of the best places to visit: #DYK: We provide funding to 160+ community museums through the Community Museum Operating Grant program?
Stratford Perth Museum posts 10 consecutive surpluses and creates an endowment campaign

At the museum’s annual general meeting in February, a summary of fiscal operations for 2022 was presented that showed the museum in good hands financially, appearing to have weathered the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when many similar cultural institutions are at risk.

Museum General Manager John Kastner says that when the museum opened in May 2022, it had been closed for 55 of the previous 92 weeks, and  there were times that he worried that the museum would not come out of it. But in last year’s final quarter, attendance and revenue both were above pre-Covid levels.

“...The creation of the outdoor theatres, built with federal and provincial money, have matured and become revenue streams. Coming out of COVID, we’re now in a situation where we’re actually better off, because of these theatres, an improved indoor theatre, and capital funding,” said Kastner.

Read more HERE.
Thunder Bay’s tourism sector saw
'remarkable recovery' in 2022

Northern Ontario Business

Thunder Bay’s tourism agency says the local industry’s recovery from COVID-19 is in full swing. “There’s a lot to celebrate in terms of how our industry performed and the resiliency it demonstrated over the last three years,” Tourism Thunder Bay manager Paul Pepe said.

Leading the charge was the accommodation sector, with local occupancy rates rising above 73%. Pepe pointed to the return of cruise shipping as another bright spot. “We are anticipating our best year on record for cruise ships” in 2023, he said, with four ships expected to make 15 port calls. “But the day stops are in port for about 12 hours, so a lot of the guests will go to the Fort William Historical Park, Kakabeka Falls, Ouimet Canyon, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Thunder Bay Museum.”

Read more HERE.
Twitter (Feb. 27, @MichaelFordTO): Today, I had the opportunity to visit the future home of the @NiaCentre. Once completed, this will be Canada’s first multi-disciplinary arts space dedicated to helping Black artists learn, collaborate, create and showcase their talents.--The Honourable Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism 
Elgin County Railway Museum to Launch Cycling Tours in St. Thomas
Young & Free Press

Young & Free Press announced a new donation of $15,000 to the Elgin County Railway Museum to introduce cycling tours to St. Thomas. With the funds, staff members will purchase a fleet of new bikes, including two e-bikes, and coordinate guided tours that feature the rolling stock gallery at the Museum, the collection of large-scale murals in the city, and the St. Thomas Elevated Park.

“...This contribution to the Elgin County Railway Museum allows staff to welcome guests to see the incredible collection of rail assets in the museum, and then go out to see the spectacular murals around the city and enjoy the views at the St. Thomas Elevated Park...” --Andrew Gunn of Andrew Gunn Consulting and young & free press

“St. Thomas is what it is today because of the presence of the railway in the area, and so there’s great railway history all around us. These tours will give us the opportunity to bring attention to valuable historical spaces around the city and further public interaction with, and knowledge of, these places.” --Wil Zufelt, Chief Operating Officer of the Elgin County Railway Museum

Read more HERE.
Council meetings in Prince Township Museum’s classroom now history
The Sault Star

Council ended a decades-long practice at the regular February meeting by voting to hold future council meetings in the community hall/banquet room instead of in the Prince Township Museum’s classroom.

The change of venue was requested in January by Coun. Margaret Christenson, who also chairs the Prince Township Museum Board/Heritage Committee. Christenson said at the previous council meeting that desks, chairs, and assorted clutter were left in the classroom between council meetings, and that museum board members had to tidy the room before holding their own meetings or hosting events.

Mayor Enzo Palumbo agreed it was time to resolve the question of where to hold council meetings.  After the vote, he added that council would amend the township’s procedural bylaw at the March 14 meeting to designate the community hall/banquet room as its future meeting place.

Read more HERE.

LinkedIn (Art Gallery of Hamilton): Mayor Andrea Horwath visits the Art Gallery of Hamilton for their Winter Opening - unveiling five new exhibitions.
Twitter (Mar. 7, @BeachvilleDMWe are ever so honoured to be named #InnovatoroftheYear by
@SWOTourism. 2022 was a whirlwind of large-scale projects, new event launches and enriching partnerships. What a way to celebrate at #SOConf2023

Learn about Ontario’s Southwest Awards presented at the Southern Ontario Tourism Conference.
Dionne Quints Heritage Board asks city for land adjacent to museum
The Sudbury Star

The Dionne Quints Heritage Board is looking for the city of North Bay to give them a chunk of land adjacent to the Dionne Quints Museum. Board chairman Ed Valenti made the request during February's council meeting. Valenti said they want benches, plaques around the home and storage space. While making the request for land, Valenti also asked for $5,000 in funding to assist in the cost of landscaping. “We’re always operating on a shoestring budget,” he told council. Last week council voted down the request from a variety of community groups who asked for funding in the 2023 budget.

Valenti said the board hasn’t been officially told their request has been denied. “I know council is always looking for places to trim their budgets. I think for such a small investment it gets big rewards. And we get a lot of attention, because it’s a unique museum.” In 2022, there were 1,500 guests, many of which were “unique” visitors who specifically came to North Bay to visit the museum.

Read more HERE.

The Dionne Quints Museum will be welcoming one of the five sisters this spring. That’s the word from Ed Valenti, Quints Heritage Board chair. “Annette’s spokesperson Carlo Tarini advised us that Annette was willing and wished to come to North Bay for her birthday so we’re working on the plans as we speak,” he says. The Quints were born on May 28, 1934. - My North Bay Now


Ontario's Marine Museum of the Great Lake acquires Titanic-era ship
Global News

The Museum has acquired the S.S. Keewatin, a Titanic-era steamliner, which was built in 1907. The historic ship will be incorporated into the museum following its transportation from Port McNicoll, Ont., this spring to a shipyard for much-needed repairs and maintenance, the museum says.

“The story of the Keewatin is a story of Canada’s creation as a country. It is vital that the ship, which is the last of its kind, be preserved for current and future generations, and our Museum has the expertise, facilities, and funding to be able to do this.” -- Chris West, chair of the board of the museum

The Keewatin is expected to arrive at the museum dry dock in Kingston in late summer or early fall 2023. The ship will be integrated into the marine museum’s extensive transportation collection covering the last 200 years of Great Lakes history and offer a new cultural experience in Kingston.

Read more HERE.

OMA Initiatives
May is Museum Month / Mai, mois des musées
Show how museums support sustainability and wellbeing!

May is Museum Month / Mai, mois des musées is a program of the Ontario Museum Association and celebrated by Ontario’s 700+ museums, galleries, and heritage sites. It is an opportunity to celebrate the vital contributions of museums to the recovery and rebuilding of Ontario and to kick-off 2023’s summer tourism season!

May is Museum Month coincides with International Museum Day on May 18th. With this year’s theme of “Museums, Sustainability and Wellbeing”, we want to encourage all Ontarians to come together and realize the full transformative potential that museums have for sustainable development and wellbeing!
How to Participate
  • Request a proclamation that "May is Museum Month" from your Municipality. Download OMA's request letter template and draft proclamation (read through, and fill out the highlighted sections). Be sure to cc the OMA on your email (
  • Use the OMA graphic template to share your museum's happenings on social media (Access our graphics on Canva or download the PNG files HERE). Be sure to tag us @MuseumsOntario and use the hashtags #ONMuseumMonth and #MuseumsConnectON
  • Promote your upcoming/ongoing exhibitions, programs and events in our Discover Ontario Museums listings (Read the User's Guide HERE)
  • Use the OMA May is Museum Month 2023 wordmark on your website and publications, and forward to your local media outlets (Download the MMM 2023 wordmark HERE)

Access OMA's communications toolkit HERE.

Access the Communications Toolkit
OMA Annual Conference 2022 Recordings
Members can watch Nov. 7 & 21 session recordings

Thank you for your participation in OMA Annual Conference 2022! We are excited to share with our members the recordings of Conference sessions - including livestreamed sessions from the plenary room on Nov. 7 and all sessions on Nov. 21.
Watch session recordings

Resiliency Learning and Productive Failure in Museum Practice

In a conversation moderated by Cara Krmpotich (Faculty of Information, UofT), Dr. Fiona Rawle (Dept. of Biology, UTM) and Dr. Amy Barron (Fleming College) will apply research on Resiliency Learning and Productive Failure to our work in the museum field. Rawle outlines ways of understanding failure as a necessary and inherently useful tool for learning while Barron speaks to her relationship with failure, risk, and learning as an educator and museum professional.

Watch the session recording HERE.

Funding Opportunities

March 9, 2023: Indigenous Community Capital Grants Program, Government of Ontario

March 31, 2023: Museums Assistance Program - Canada-France Agreement, Canadian Heritage

June 14, 2023: Capital Grants, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Learn more about funding opportunities relevant to Ontario's museums HERE.

Out-of-Province News
Canada announces $102,000 to implement the Moved to Action: Supporting UNDRIP report in Museums
Department of Canadian Heritage
On February 27, 2023, at the Canadian Museums Association’s national conference, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced $102,000 in funding for the project, Moved to Action: Supporting UNDRIP Implementation in Canadian Museums.

This Museums Assistance Program investment will help Canadian museums work towards fulfilling some recommendations in the report, including establishing an education program for museum professionals, creating a network pilot program and developing repatriation resources.

“The release of the Moved to Action report, as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #67, was an important step for museums to move forward in their support of Indigenous self-determination and provide a path for implementing the articles of UNDRIP. This is just a first step. We are pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting a continued partnership in this effort, which will provide the sector with much needed educational resources and skills development.”--Heather George, President, Canadian Museums Association

Read the News Release HERE.

Commotion: How can we put truth and reconciliation on display in Canada's museums?

March 8, 2023, Janis Kahentóktha Monture, new CEO of the Canadian Museums Association, speaks to Elamin Abdelmahmoud about implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 67th call to action, and ongoing efforts to repatriate cultural artifacts.

Listen to the Commotion with Elamin Abdelmahmoud podcast episode HERE.

In the Media
Stratford Perth Museum to host paranormal writing workshop - Mar. 11
Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre featured in 'best things to do and see in Jordan Station' travel blog
Timmins Museum art exhibition features 30 years of artwork from three siblings - watch video

Wellington County Museum and Archives to host the Insights Juried Exhibition for its 42nd year - Mar. 30 to Jun. 11

Museum of Dufferin and Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle hosting exhibit led by Indigenous artists - until Mar. 29
Diefenbunker opens permanent exhibition about the DEW line and its impact on Inuit communities - listen to the recording
Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre participates in 
The Capreol Winter Carnival
Fort Frances Friends of the Museum celebrates the tenth anniversary of outdoor festival - SnOasis
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