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Ancestry.ca is now available at OMAH!

Genealogy has always been one of the key ways of connecting to our past and the Orillia Museum of Art & History wants to help you connect with yours. Our Lake Country Rotary Research Room continues to refine itself and grow as a resource for local historical researchers. Our dedicated team of volunteers are happy to meet with visitors looking to do some in-depth searching for local and family history.

Clock tower on winter day Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building

Another year has come and gone here at the Orillia Museum of Art & History, and we are already looking ahead to 2015!

Silk Bodice  detail

Going through the textiles in OMAH's collection is always an adventure, but every now and then you stumble across something that truly takes your breath away. While re-storaging our Textile Collection under the Museum Assistance Program this summer, a silk bodice caught our eye.

Research Room Launch

 

So good, it's criminal...

On Friday October 3, 2014 The Orillia Museum of Art & History and Lake Country Rotary were proud to announce the unveiling of our newly relocated Research Room. Housed in the Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building's infamous Jail Cells, visitors are surrounded by Orillia history and are offered excellent accessibility to OMAH's own archives. The generosity of Lake Country Rotary has gone far in helping sustain the Research Room and help it grow as we start the digitization of our resources.

The textile collection at OMAH is getting a makeover!

Throughout the summer, we worked hard to create a more suitable home for the textiles in the permanent collection.  This was achieved in part through the generosity of the Canadian Government with the Museum Assistance Program granted earlier this summer, as well as a lot of hard work by our student staff.

Image of brown leather hat box with black silk top hat

OMAH is honoured to have received a Museum Assistance Program grant from the Canadian Government. Specifically for artefact storage solutions, this grant will allow OMAH to purchase the necessary equipment to properly store the textiles and hat collection. Thank you to the Federal Government of Canada for their generosity, and our elected MP, Bruce Stanton.