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.
Strawberry Social: July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2013
British Empire Afternoon Tea: July 3, 2013 to August 28, 2013
About the 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 •
Early Ontario domestic furnishings, costumes, household items and collectibles.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
Art of local significance - Anne Langton, Katherine Wallis, Alec Sailamaa
Contemporary • Historical
Painting • Sculpture
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Exploration and Survey
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Marine History and Technology
Medical History and Technology
Military History and Technology
Printing and Bookbinding
Religious or Liturgical Objects
Toys and Games
: Motorized ground
: Non-motorized ground
Taxidermy and one fossil
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Zoology : Invertebrates : Vertebrates : Reptiles (Reptilia) : Birds (Aves) : Mammals (Mammalia)
Services & Activities
Limited copying of photographs and archival materials, reference information and assistance with research.
Assistance with collections and genealogical research.
Archival Records •
Genealogical Research •
Other: References to local researchers and network of local historians.
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
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
General tourist information, picnic areas, and self-guided tour guides.
Children's Activities or Services
Information Centre or Desk
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
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.
Victorian Afternoon Tea is served to guests on the verandah on Wednesday afternoons in July and August, 2 to 4 pm.
Other: Special events: Strawberry Social, Canada Day
Publications and Products
Museum Guide •
50 Oak Street
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Fenelon Falls Museum (The)
PO Box 179, Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Hours of Operation
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.
Seasonal passes available.