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Owned and operated by the Town of Blind River, the Timber Village Museum showcases the rich history and heritage of the people of Blind River and surrounding communities.

The Museum was built as a Centennial project in 1967. Originally, it contained mostly artefacts from the McFadden Lumber Company which was once the largest white pine lumber mill east of the Canadian Rockies. The Blind River lumber mill closed in June 1969.

Mandate

The Timber Village Museum, which is owned and operated by the Corporation of the Town of Blind River, will research, collect, preserve and display items of historical relevance to the industries and social histories of Blind River and immediate area of the North Shore from Spanish to Dean Lake. The Museum will also house a temporary gallery for the display and use of local art as well as educational and cultural programming.

For more information on our mandate, please refer to our current Strategic Plan.

Advisory Committee

For a list of current committee members and meeting minutes, please visit our committee page.

Funding

Owned and operated by the Town of Blind River, the Timber Village Museum receives a large portion of funding from the Municipal Government. Additional funding is supplemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport through the Community Museum Operating Grant and summer student grants such as Canada Summer Jobs (Service Canada) and Young Canada Works (Canadian Museum Association).

Volunteering

The Timber Village Museum offers a variety of volunteer positions including gift shop attendant, tour guide, collections care, exhibit design, special event planning, programming and more!

Are you a student looking to gain volunteer hours for graduation? Contact us about student volunteer opportunities.

For more information on volunteering at the Timber Village Museum, please refer to our volunteer participation agreement. Volunteer application forms are available at the Museum.

Become a Member

Why join:
  1. Be the first to know about special events, programs and exhibit
  2. Receive a 10% discount on items in the Village Shop (excludes items on consignment)
  3. Receive FREE ADMISSION for one year!
Membership Fee:
  • Individual: $10.00
  • Family: $20.00
  • Supporting: $25.00
  • Patron: $50.00
*Supporting and Patron Members receive a tax receipt for a portion of their membership fee

To become a Member, please fill out our registration from and send to:
Timber Village Museum
P.O. Box 628
Blind River, ON  P0R 1B0

Membership Registration Form

Fundraising

Each year, the Timber Village Museum holds several events to raise funds for general programming, events, and exhibitions. These fundraisers include luncheons, dinners, concert series and more!

Upcoming Fundraising Events

Lumberjack Dinner & Silent Auction: Saturday, Oct. 28th, 2017

Buy a Board Campaign

The Timber Village Museum is raising funds to build a shelter over the mill machinery that is currently located on the Museum grounds. These artefacts were used by the McFadden Lumber Company in Blind River and they include a Barienger Brake (commonly known as the “Crazy Wheel”), a lumber stacker and straddle truck.

These artefacts are in need of a permanent shelter to protect them from severe weather, vandalism and any further deterioration. The Museum plans to begin making improvements to their outside exhibits in 2017/2018 and encourage assistance through both monetary and “in kind” donations.

For more information on donating toward this cause, please see the form below or contact the Museum.

Buy a Board Fundraiser