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 Contact and Visitor Information

 

 

What are the Museum's hours?What are the Museum's hours?<p>The Museum is open all year round, Monday to Saturday, 9:00am – 4:30pm and Sunday from 1:00pm – 4:30pm.</p><p>Hours may be extended for Special Events.  We are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, News Years Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.</p>
How much is admission?How much is admission?<p>There is no cost for admission to the Museum. To support the Museum we do accept donations.</p>
Is there parking, and how much is it?Is there parking, and how much is it?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes, we have lots of free parking for individuals and groups.</span>​</p>
Do you have a family rate?Do you have a family rate?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">No, but we do have a Family Membership that can be used the day you buy it and is valid for one year.</span>​</p>
What kind of Memberships do you have?What kind of Memberships do you have?<ul><li>Single: $25.00</li><li>Family: $ 40.00</li><li>Deluxe: $80.00</li><li>Patrons: $120.00</li><li>Community Services: $25.00</li></ul><p> Reciprocal Membership (<em>entitles admission to the Bruce County, Grey County, Huron County, Simcoe County, and     Waterloo Region Museums on regular admission days</em>). </p><ul><li>Single: $40.00</li><li>Senior/Student: $30.00</li><li>Family: $60.00</li><li>Deluxe: $80.00</li></ul>
Can I use my Simcoe County Museum Membership at any other Museum?Can I use my Simcoe County Museum Membership at any other Museum?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Unfortunately, our Membership only allows access to our site. However, we do sell Reciprocal Memberships which allow access to Bruce County, Grey County, Huron County, Simcoe County and Waterloo Region Museums on regular admission days.</span></p>
What is your telephone/fax number/website/email etc?What is your telephone/fax number/website/email etc?<ul><li>Telephone #: 705-728-3721</li><li>Fax #: 705-728-9130</li><li>Email: <a href="mailto:museum@simcoe.ca">museum@simcoe.ca</a></li><li>Website: <a href="/">http://museum.simcoe.ca</a></li></ul>
Directions please? Where are you?Directions please? Where are you?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">From Hwy 400, take Bayfield Street North six km to Highway 26 (signed Stayner).  We are on the left at the second driveway (1151 Highway 26)</span>​</p>
May we bring our dog?May we bring our dog?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes, if your dog is kept on a leash and taken to the outside grounds upon arrival.  There is an exception for Service Dogs which are permitted inside.</span>​</p>
Are you accessible for wheelchairs/strollers?Are you accessible for wheelchairs/strollers?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes, our main building is fully accessible.  In addition, many of our heritage and display buildings are accessible.  Please contact the Museum for full details.</span></p>
Can we buy our lunch at the Museum?Can we buy our lunch at the Museum?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">We have vending machines for cold drinks and snacks. You are also welcome to bring a picnic as we have indoor and outdoor eating areas.  We do ask, however, that you bring snacks and lunches that are <strong>peanut and nut free</strong>.  We are striving to reduce the risk for our visitors with severe peanut and nut allergies and would appreciate your co-operation in this matter.  If you require further information our staff would be pleased to help.</span>​</p>

 About the Museum

 

 

What is the Museum's Mission Statement?What is the Museum's Mission Statement?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Through our collections, exhibitions and programming, Simcoe County Museum shares the stories of Simcoe County, encouraging visitors to develop a stronger interest, appreciation and understanding of our culture and heritage.</span>​</p>
How did the Museum begin?How did the Museum begin?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">The Simcoe County Museum was established in 1928 by members of the Women's Institute who recognized the need to preserve the area history.</span></p>
Is the Museum indoors or outdoors?Is the Museum indoors or outdoors?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">The Simcoe County Museum is comprised of five galleries in the main complex, and ten outdoor heritage buildings that have been relocated to the Museum grounds from various locations around Simcoe County. From the 1834 Spearin log home to the 1922 Cedar View Cottage, this architectural display of heritage buildings illustrate daily life and the growth and development of the area. These outdoor buildings close for the winter on November  30<sup>th</sup>, and re-open May 1<sup>st</sup>.</span></p>
What is there for children to do?What is there for children to do?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">We have a variety of hands on exhibits and a sand box with toys on the grounds outside.  Supervised children may also visit our heritage buildings to really experience the history of Simcoe County.</span></p>
Is the Museum suitable for children under 5?Is the Museum suitable for children under 5?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes, we have lots for them to look at and heritage and display buildings they can walk through.  Most of our displays are low enough for children to see without help.  The Museum is suitable for all ages, and we find that with our varied collection, everyone will find an area that appeals to them.</span></p>
What kind of collection do you have?What kind of collection do you have?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Our collection consists of over 25,000 artifacts that tell a part of the history of Simcoe County, with everything from Mastodon remains to heritage buildings.  Our collection is as rich and varied as our history.</span></p>
Does the Museum do appraisals or restoration work?Does the Museum do appraisals or restoration work?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">The Museum does occasionally have appraisals completed by an Appraiser for objects from our collection.  Unfortunately, Museum staff cannot conduct appraisals for the general public.  We focus on preventive conservation of our artifacts, and request assistance from professional Conservators to undertake conservation or restoration treatment.</span>​</p>
Do you purchase any of your artifacts or are they donated?Do you purchase any of your artifacts or are they donated?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">We do not generally purchase artifacts.   Almost all of our collection has been donated by members of our community.</span>​</p>
How many visitors do you have each year?How many visitors do you have each year?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">The Museum is very popular with over 30,000 visitors annually.</span></p>
Do you have a Gift Shop?Do you have a Gift Shop?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes we do.  We stock a variety of unique gifts, locally handcrafted items, educational toys and candy.  We also gift wrap your purchases.  We accept Cash, Debit, Visa or MasterCard.</span></p>
Do you have meeting space available?Do you have meeting space available?<p>Yes we do:</p><ul><li>Meeting Room A & B – 120 person capacity - $300 + GST</li><li>Meeting Room A – 32 person capacity - $125 + GST</li><li>Meeting Room B – 60 person capacity - $225 + GST</li></ul>
Does the Museum offer any special programs for seniors?Does the Museum offer any special programs for seniors?<p><span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes we do.  If you are a Retiree, Society, Historical Group, Antique Club, Red Hatter or any other special interest group, you are invited to book a wonderful afternoon at the Museum for a luncheon and a tour to view the great displays and our beautiful new addition.  Please contact our Education Director to book your group.</span>​</p>

 Education, Camps and Children's Programs

 

 

Do you run Summer Camp Programs?Do you run Summer Camp Programs?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes we do.  We also run popular March Break, P.A. Day, and Winter Solstice Camps.</span></p>
Do you run School/Education Programs?Do you run School/Education Programs?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes. These brochures are available from our Education Department.</span></p>
Do you run Programs for any other Groups?Do you run Programs for any other Groups?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes we do.  We conduct programs for youth groups such as Brownies, Sparks and Beavers.  We are also available to conduct tours for adult groups.  If you have an idea or a request for a special program or tour for your group, we would love to hear from you!  Contact the Education Director for more details.</span></p>

 Special Events

 

 

Is there anything special going on today/this week?Is there anything special going on today/this week?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Please call our Reception Area or check our website for the latest information.</span></p>
Do you have an Events Calendar?Do you have an Events Calendar?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">Yes we do. They are available from the Museum Reception and on our website.</span></p>
What are your Special Events?What are your Special Events?<p>​<span style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-family:"droid sans";font-size:12pt;">For a complete list of events please contact the Museum Reception.  We host a variety of craft shows with our Partner Groups, Historical Construction Equipment events, Summer Sundays, Christmas events, as well as travelling exhibits and temporary exhibits.</span></p>