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Festival of Banners 2015 Shore to Shore was a great success for both the Orillia Museum of Art and History and the city of Orillia and surrounding communities. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors that helped to make last year such a success, including Lakehead University that contributed greatly to making the event’s goals achievable. As we move forward, the Orillia Museum of Art and History is pleased to announce the return of Festival of Banners for 2016.

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As another eventful year comes to a close it's time to look reflect on the past 12 months here at the museum. After looking back at all of OMAH's accomplishments this year, it was hard to pin down five defining moments, but we tried our best! 

With much deliberation, here are OMAH's Top 5 Moments of 2015:

As another exciting year at the Orillia Museum of Art & History comes to a close, we want to thank all of you for your continued support this holiday season! Our dedicated team of volunteers help keep our museum operational and we appreciate the work that they do year-round. OMAH's generous donors and members also help us in creating opportunities for engaging programs, exhibitions and events.

From everyone here at OMAH,

Happy Holidays!

Opening remarks at the 2015 Croquet tournament

This year’s Bruce Bayne/Don Jenkins Invitational Croquet Tournament, held on August 22nd, was a great success, raising over $2000 for the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH).  Teams returned from Champlain Seniors, St. Paul’s, OMAH staff and volunteers, The Brownstone, and the Y’s Guys joining new teams from City of Orillia senior staff and Mayor and Councillors.

Two ambitious exhibitions will further add to OMAH's and Orillia's reputations as cultural tourist destinations. 

by Ninette Gyorody 

Originally published in the July-August issue of OMAH's The Muse News

THIS SUMMER, the Orillia Museum of Art & History will be staging two of its most ambitious exhibitions to date -  an art-based show titled Nation 2 Nation and a history-based show titled touch: Champlain at 400, both opening on Friday, June 26.

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. There will be up to four awards and up two recipients in each category.

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

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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.

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.