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Last Blast

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Simcoe County Museum and the Historical Construction Equipment Association (H.C.E.A) of Canada present Last Blast. One of the Museum’s most popular events, Last Blast brings to life vintage construction equipment, tractors, classic trucks, steam-powered rollers, shovels, road-building equipment, and much more with demonstrations for visitors of all ages.

In addition to machinery displays and demonstrations, visitors can stroll the Museum grounds, take in the permanent displays, and visit the indoor vendor area along with the Lego® display, Mecanno® display and hands-on Mecanno® area.

Stay for the day and purchase lunch at Captain Cook deFries food truck, or pack your own lunch to enjoy at our covered picnic areas. If you missed Wheels and Tracks in the spring, Last Blast will be your last chance to catch the area’s antique machines in action before the snow flies.

Event rates apply for Last Blast: Museum Members and Preschoolers are Free; Adults $8; Youth and Seniors $6; and Children are $5. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, please contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721. 

An Evening of Halloween

Monday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 30, 2019
6 to 8:30 p.m.

Spirits are gathering at the Simcoe County Museum for An Evening of Hallowe'en, perfect for all ages. Join us to celebrate Hallowe'en as ghosts, goblins and ghouls come alive Monday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Games, activities and treats for everyone to enjoy. Get up close and personal with live creepy, crawly and slithery animals from Zootek, or play a round of Halloween Trivia before you venture outside. For braver souls, join us on the Terror Trail for an experience that is sure to raise the hair on the back of your neck. If you're too cute to spook, take a run around the Straw Bale Maze or walk along the Pumpkin Trail to enjoy some hot chocolate. Our Boo Barn is perfect for younger trick or treaters, or those not quite as brave. Be sure to dress for the weather and enjoy some great Hallowe'en fun!

Museum Event Rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; adults $8; students and seniors $6; and children are $5. Group bookings are available and pre-registration is required for groups of 10 or more. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, please contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721. 

Seniors' Socials  

First Wednesday of the month, October 2, 2019 - June 3, 2020

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Friends of the Simcoe County Museum invites visitors to attend a range of captivating presentations at monthly Seniors' Social events from October 2 to June 3. Join our guest speakers in the afternoon of the first Wednesday of each month to socialize and learn about a wide variety of topics.  

Starting off the series on October 2, is a presentation on Fort Willow, offering insight into the history of this local conservation area, which has become a popular spot to visit during fall. On November 6, a speaker from the Base Borden Military Museum will recount Simcoe County's contributions and sacrifices during both world wars. A holiday reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is enhanced with a Magic Lantern show on December 4.  

Following the winter break, on February 5, attendees will learn about the mystery and history of the Avro Arrow. Just in time for the spring bird migration, Nature Barrie will speak on March 4. On April 1, a speaker will share little-known stories and local connections to the Titanic. To celebrate Museum Month, attendees will enjoy a special tour of the Simcoe County Museum on May 6. Finally, to end the season, on June 3, we look forward to a presentation about the renowned Blue Mountain Pottery; attendees are welcome to bring in their pieces and discover information about their origins.

These Seniors' Social events include light refreshments and run from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy the Museum for the remainder of the afternoon. Admission is $6 per person, with proceeds supporting Simcoe County Museum initiatives. Groups of five or more are asked to register in advance.

Victorian Christmas  

Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13, 2019

6 - 9 p.m.

2019 Victorian Christmas Vendor Application - This event features several live musicians playing Christmas music throughout the Museum and in the Church, food samples, hands-on crafts for visitors to make and take home, horse-drawn wagon rides, and raffle draws. This is a special event with a variety of activities for families to enjoy, and not specifically a craft show. We have vendor spaces available, and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Items must be handmade by the vendor. In order to guarantee your spot, payment in full must accompany your application. Please pay by cash or cheque made payable to the Friends of the Simcoe County Museum