Visiting Us

Natasha Wiatr - Museum Curator
nwiatr@callander.ca

Hours:
September to April:
Thursday to Saturday
from 10:00am to 5:00pm

May to August:
Tuesday to Saturday
from 10:00am to 5:00pm

 

Contact Us:

107 Landsdowne St. East
P.O. Box 100
Callander, Ontario
P0H 1H0

Phone: 705-752-2282
Fax: 705-752-3116
Email:museum@callander.ca

 

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UPDATE July 9, 2021

Following today's announcement by the Government of Ontario, the province will be moving into Stage 3 on Friday July 16. This means that museums and art galleries will be able to reopen on that date with a 50% limited occupancy based on 2 meters of social distancing, we will announce these new occupancy numbers closer to that date. Our reopening schedule is as follows:

  • The Museum gift shop is currently open with a 4 person maximum occupancy, we recommend you book an appointment time slot (see how below)
  • The Museum will reopen on Friday July 16
  • The Art Gallery will reopen with a new art show "Journeys to a Conversation With Nature" (Carole Davidson & Sarah Carlin-Ball) on Saturday July 24, for more show information, please click here


Please visit the website below to book your appointment slot, you will need to provide your mobile number number, name and email in order to confirm your appointment. You can also call us at 705-752-2282 or email us at museum@callander.ca to request a time. We look forward to seeing everyone again!

Appointment booking --> https://callander-museum-alex-dufresne-gallery.square.site/


 
Special thanks to Isaac Paul for the above image and video!

“Why is there a barbershop in your museum?” …Because our museum started in a barbershop!

In 1979 the town barber, Alex Dufresne, convinced the town council to purchase the red bricked house on 107 Lansdowne Street that had once belonged to Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, the physician to the Dionne Quintuplets, and turn it into a community museum. Alex donated his photograph collection, various antiques, and his actual barbershop (chairs, sinks, mirrors and all!) to start the museum’s collection. Today, this collection has expanded to include artefacts related to the Dionne Quintuplets, the shipping industry on Lake Nipissing, the sawmills around Callander Bay, and the general history of Callander. In 1994, an addition was added and named the Alex Dufresne Gallery in honour of our founder. The space hosts 5 different art exhibitions each year featuring local and area artists. We are open year-round and we hope you will stop by!

Bus tours are asked to book at least two days in advance.

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