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The Orillia Museum of Art & History and the History Committee are pleased to announce the 2015 OMAH History Awards.  Four awards are offered bi-annually starting in 2015, for historic research or heritage presentation in Orillia and area.  Orillia and area includes:  the City of Orillia, the Townships of Ramara, Severn, and Oro-Medonte.

Sir Sam Funk Selfies

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is the Museum Dance Off 'Thunderdome' Champion!!

New Staff: Hope McGilly with artifact, Katie, Kirsten, Stephanie & Audrey. Missing from photo: Jessalyn

Summer is just around the corner and OMAH is bustling with some new faces who we'd like to welcome to the team!

Hope McGilly - Registrar

Tags: 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.

Sir Sam Steele: Dance Extraordinaire - or so the story goes in the Orillia Museum of Art & History’s “Sir Sam Funk” video entry for the online competition Museum Dance Off 2.

The Georgia McLellan Visual Arts Scholarship offers up to $1000 to a high school graduate entering visual arts studies at the post-secondary level.

Georgia Netanis Machan McLellan retired in Orillia after a career in art and education in 1984. Her zest to discover and experience new ideas and adventures, her energy and intelligence made an impression on everyone she met. Her endowment of the Fine Arts Scholarship reflects her lifelong passions for education, the arts and for helping people to improve their opportunities.

Criteria for applicants:

An endowment fund has been set up in the memory of Kevin J. Batchelor who passed away on March 29th.  Kevin was a passionate supporter of music and the arts in our community.  He was also the beloved music teacher at Harriett Todd Public School.  Memorial donations can be made to The Kevin J. Batchelor Endowment Fund at

Kevin had shown his art during our Life and Limb exhibition as well as the 2013 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition.  He will be truly missed.

As the snow finally melts away, we are leaping into spring with unique activies and events at OMAH. We're energized and revitalized to offer new as well as fan-favourite programs with some special events along the way. Without further ado, let's see what you can get involved with this season.


Kith & Kin - The Coulson Women's Institute 1927-2004

Saturday, April 18th, 2-4pm

Tap Into maple

Things are about to get sweet at the Orillia Museum of Art & History as we get ready for our second year involved with Ontario Lake Country's Tap Into Maple! Not only will OMAH have maple-themed Gift Shop items, but our Sunday Family Fun Drop In programming is about to get sugary sweet. Check out the schedule for our upcoming Drop In activities and Music in the Museum performers!

Tap Into Maple Programming 2015


The Festival of Banners is a community art project that helps beautify our city and connect to residents.

2015's theme, inspired by Lakehead University's 50th anniversary will be "From Shore to Shore".

Applicants are encouraged to interpret this year's theme in relation to Orillia and Lakehead University, exploring what "from Shore to Shore" means - from a beach, transition, change, a journey, or exploration - the possibilities are limitless.