Fenelon Falls Museum (The)

Tourism Region: Kawarthas

A community museum telling the story of the settlement of the area around the falls, the changes in the local environment, and the lifestyles of its people, housed in the 1837 home of James Wallis.



50 Oak Street
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
K0M 1N0

Telephone: 1-705-887-1044
Fax: 1-705-887-1532

Mailing Address: 
Fenelon Falls Museum (The)
PO Box 179, Fenelon Falls, Ontario
K0M 1N0

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Seasonal

School and group tours available May to October by appointment. Open to the public May to October. Special events throughout the summer including adult interest workshops, teas, concerts, and Pioneer Summer School.

Open: Peak season (mid-June to mid-September): open daily, seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shoulder season (May to June and Sept to October): open weekends and holiday Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m.
By appointment for large groups. Open Santa Day in November.

Closed between Thanksgiving and May long weekend, with exception of special events including Santa Day in November.

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Seasonal passes available.

Discounts: Groups • Seniors • Students

About Collections

Exhibits displayed in an 1837 house built by James Wallis; include kitchen utensils, tools, china, lace, quilts, furniture, gun collection, toys, documents, Aboriginal artifacts, dolls, and a one-room schoolhouse

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 5000


Items of local significance - Fenelon Falls and immediate vicinity. Deeds, maps, voter lists, newspapers, photographs, letters, day books, receipts

Cartographic Materials • Prints and Drawings • Microforms • Photographs • Textual Records

Decorative Arts

Early Ontario domestic furnishings, costumes, household items and collectibles.

Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery • Costumes • Furniture or Furnishings • Glass • Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork • Musical Instruments • Textiles or Tapestries

Fine Arts

Art of local significance - Anne Langton, Katherine Wallis, Alec Sailamaa


Contemporary • Historical

Painting • Sculpture

Folk Art

Human History

Agriculture • Animal Husbandry • Archaeological Objects • Ceremonial Objects • Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices • Communications Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Currency • Electricity • Exploration and Survey • Fisheries • Forestry • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Imaging : Photographs • Local History • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Marine History and Technology • Medals • Medical History and Technology • Memorabilia • Military History and Technology • Musical Instruments • Printing and Bookbinding • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Sports Equipment • Toys and Games • Transportation : Marine : Motorized ground : Non-motorized ground : Railway • Weapons

Natural Sciences

Taxidermy and one fossil

Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Zoology : Invertebrates : Vertebrates : Reptiles (Reptilia) : Birds (Aves) : Mammals (Mammalia)

Paleontological Collections

Services & Activities

Limited copying of photographs and archival materials, reference information and assistance with research.

Research Services

Assistance with collections and genealogical research.

Archival Records • Genealogical Research • Library
Other: References to local researchers and network of local historians.

Educational Programs

Heritage craft workshops, demonstrations of pioneer skills, curriculum-related grade 3 school programming (hands-on), Pioneer Summer School program for ages 7 to 12 (hands-on), One Room School visits for elementary school classes, lectures and workshops for adults

Classes or Workshops • Demonstrations • Lectures • School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)

Visitor Services

General tourist information, picnic areas, and self-guided tour guides.

Children's Activities or Services • Information Centre or Desk • Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens • Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Washrooms : Wheelchair access • Washrooms

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available

Number of Volunteers: 80-90

Activities: Baking, serving, musical performance, general labour, repair and restoration, research, maintenance, gardening, fund-raising, management, sewing, demonstrating, security, cleaning, etc.

Food Services

Victorian Afternoon Tea is served to guests on the verandah on Wednesday afternoons in July and August, 2 to 4 pm.

Picnic Area
Other: Special events: Strawberry Social, Canada Day

Internet Services

General InformationCollectionsEventsVirtual ExhibitionsEducationSchool Visits or ProgramsChildrenDirections or MapLocal History

Publications & Products

Books • Brochures • Museum Guide • Postcards • Commemorative Souvenirs


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