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Orillia Museum of Art and History

30 Peter Street South, Orillia, Ontario L3V 5A9, Canada
705 326-2159
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Ranked #10 of 15 Attractions in Orillia
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
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- Apr 25, 2014
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Orillia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Newly renovated, bright and well-laid out, spacious gallery upstairs and down, local artists and artisans wares for sale as well in a small gift shop in the lobby. By donation only, so anyone can enjoy.

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Orillia, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Recently reopened following a major expansion the museum is definitely worth a visit. The new upper gallery is light, spacious and really pretty now looking onto the lake. Local art, local history, creative programs for children the museum is on it's way to becoming one of the focal cultural attractions of Orillia.

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Orillia, ON
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I have been to the museum and art gallery several times and although small their exhibits are always interesting. The staff are friendly and helpful. Great stop in Orillia

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Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

There was a limited amount of art but interesting nevertheless. A small area containing local history provided ainteresting material for children. The staff both friendly and helpful.

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Mississauga, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We are cottagers in Orillia and took my family there for the first time this past weekend. There is a very nice art gallery, but we enjoyed the historical museum displays the most. Orillia was quite the industrial town back in the early 1900s and it was neat to see examples of the numerous products including Otaco steel toys, National... More

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Orillia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

Wonderfully displayed pieces, staff on hand to answer any questions without being pushy and let you spend all the time in the world you need to wander

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Toronto, Canada
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147 reviews 147 reviews
72 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

This Museum and Art Gallery is located in the beautiful and historic Sir Sam Steele Building, that has seen many government services in its 100 or so year history. The history part is quiet small. Do remember it is the showcase for a small town. Most of the public space is dedicated to art exhibits. Exhibits range from displays by... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

The exhibit was small, but very interesting as Arthur was a local artist. The staff were only too welcome to share their knowledge.

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Close to New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

The museum is new and has very small exhibit space. It literally took us about 20 minutes to go through and that was paying attention. We had expected to be there for and hour or two, but even dawdlers couldn't stretch this one out. Lovely staff members and we hope they'll expand to show the interesting history of the area.

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Mid-Ontario
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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

The old Sir Sam Steele Building, a typical Federal building of brick and limestone from the turn of the last century, later the police station and jail, more recently remodelled and cleaned up and currently quite a nice art museum, with friendly and dedicated staff, well worthy of your support.

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