The Orillia Museum of Art & History is open Thursdays to Saturdays 12pm-3pm, by appointment. Admission is a suggested $5 or by museum membership. Donations are appreciated to help us continue our mandate of inspiring creativity and celebrating history.

Customize your visit to the museum with a private tour or hosting a birthday party!


Private Tours

Option 1: Historical Building Tour
In this tour option, your group will explore the rich and varied history of the Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building. Learn about our building’s early years as a customs house, its eventual
transition to the Orillia Museum of Art & History, and everything in between! Our expert guide will share information and stories while giving you a behind the scenes look at this fascinating building, including a glimpse inside our historic clock tower!
Option 2: Art Appreciation Tour
If you have a group that is interested in art or would like to learn more about it, then this tour option is for you! Our expert guide will take you through 2-3 current exhibitions and discuss thethemes, techniques, and history related to the works on display. No knowledge of art is necessary for this tour, just come ready to experience amazing artworks and learn something new!
Booking Information
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 30
Cost per participant: $7.08+ HST ($8.00 HST included)
Booking procedure: All tours must be booked 2 weeks prior to desired tour date. Bookings can be done by emailing the Community Engagement Coordinator at 705-326-2159 ext. 103 or at
Cancellation policy: Tours must be cancelled at least 48 hours before start of tour.

OMAH Backpack Tours for Children

Rent an OMAH Backpack to engage your children with the museum in a fun and interactive way. 

Each backpack is filled with a variety of hands-on games that relate to art and history! Backpacks even include a scavenger hunt and a storybook. Children can wear the backpack around the museum and use its contents to help explore the exhibitions. Each backpack is unique!

$5 per backpack or free with a family membership.



Birthday Parties @ OMAH

Invite your friends and family and celebrate your birthday at the Museum! Parties are two hours long and include a hands-on art activity led by a professional artist instructor. Get creative with one of our three exciting party choices: painting, clay or printmaking! The art activity can be tailored to suit your party theme!

Our fun parties are designed for children aged 5-14.

Time: Birthday parties run 2 hours total (one hour for art-making, and one hour for party). You can arrive a half an hour before the party to set-up and decorate, and must leave a half an hour after. 

What OMAH provides: space, artist-instructor, all art materials

What you provide: cups, plates, napkins, drinks, cake and other party supplies

Cost: $150 flat rate per party (this fee includes up to 12 children, each additional child at a cost of $10 for a maximum of 20 children) 

To Book: Parties must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance by contacting the Community Engagement Coordinator at or by calling 705-326-2159 x 103. Birthday parties must be pre-paid for at the time of booking. Birthday Party cancellations must be received in writing. If a cancellation is made less than two weeks prior to a party there will be a 50-percent refund. If a cancellation is made more than two weeks before the party, a 75-percent refund will be given.