Thunder Bay has a long and storied past. Step back into time as you explore one of the areas many museums, or discover more about our local history and heritage.

From the area's aviation history to its military past, or from its sports history to its maritime heritage, there is a museum for you to take a journey into the past. Explore our local museums and historical sites directory.

Fort William Historical Park

Visit 'the fort', an accurate re-creation of the North West Company's impressive inland headquarters. With over 40 buildings to explore, including the artisans' area and the working farm.. Encounter a cultural mosaic of Scottish fur traders, Ojibwa and metis peoples, and French-Canadian voyageurs.

Thunder Bay Museum

Located in a historic building, which once served as a Police Station and Court House, the Thunder Bay Museum offers visitors six galleries of local, regional and national heritage.

The Alexander Henry Museum Ship

Climb aboard and adventure into the past on the Alexander Henry Museum Ship. This ice-breaking, buoy tending lighthouse supply ship that was built right here in Thunder Bay! Touch history and be guided on one of our interactive tours. The Alexander Henry can be found on Thunder Bay's waterfront at Pool Six, next to Prince Arthur's Landing.

Founders' Museum and Pioneer Village

Touch History at the Founders' Museum and Pioneer Village. Drop in at the General Store, spend a quiet moment in the church, or gaze upon antique cars, tractors, farm equipment, engines and motors. 

Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre

Explore Northwest Ontario's rich aviation history including bush flying and WWII airplane production at Canada Car with an impressive collection of photos, memorabilia and personal stories preserved for those interested in either remembering or learning about adventurous times at the Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre

The Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

The Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum was established to preserve and honour our region's rich and proud sports heritage. Thousands of historically significant artifacts have been preserved and displayed in a museum setting for citizens and visitors to take pride in and learn from.

Thunder Bay Military Museum

A tri-service - Navy, Army and Air Force - museum, with a selection of paintings from the Georg Hoegel Art Collection, displays of weapons, uniforms, and much more! Call 807-343-5175 to book an appointment.

The Duke Hunt Historical Museum

The Duke Hunt Historical Museum (formerly known as the Paipoonge Museum) preserves the memory of early settlers, showing the hardships and pleasures they experienced in their new community.

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