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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.

Previous artist talk with Keesic Douglas, facilitated by Matt Macintosh

Kicking off October 1st, the Orillia Museum of Art & History will be hosting a new series introducing new artists, trends, techniques, and technologies in the gallery. OMAH Curator, Matt Macintosh will discuss the Canadian Landscape in contemporary art with Michael Farnan, a visiting artist and scholar. Farnan's work includes video, sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and performance.

3d Annual Bayne/Jenkins Invitational Croquet Tournament

On August 23rd, the 3rd Annual Jenkins/Bayne Invitational Croquet Tournament was held at Hammock Harbour Resort. Two rounds of game were played before very close semi-finals and the tournament winning game. With participants of all ages and levels of experience, $1800 in proceeds were raised for OMAH.

Thank you to Don Jenkins, Bruce Bayne, Mac Carter and their families for their support for the tournament!

Congratulations to the tournament winner, Alex Bayne, from the Bayne Team!


After a summer of fabulous creative art camps at the museum, another school year is upon us and OMAH has polished our Education Programs for teachers and educators. Quality programming has been established that reflections both Canadian and local art and history.

photo of audience applauding Charles Pachter at Moose Factory of Orillia

It is with great pleasure to announce the final results of Smiles of a Summer Night, a one-time-only auction of 44 of Charles Pachter's most iconic works which took place at his new gallery and studio Moose Factory of Orillia (MOFO) on July 19th.  

The auction raised $60,000!

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.

As part of Festival of Banners this year, we're sending you on an adventure!

How to Participate:

Each week we will be posting a featured banner on OMAH's Facebook and Twitter. It's up to you to find it and get a picture of you and the banner!

Post your photo to our Facebook page or Twitter for a chance to have it in our Gala slideshow in November, along with your name intered into a draw for great prizes!

Make sure to Like and Follow so you don't miss out!


Festival of Banners

Thank you to all of our Sponsors and supporters for the 2014 Festival of Banners