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Visiting Exhibits

Canada at Play: 100 Years of Games, Toys and Sports

Classics never die.

In the dead of winter or the heat of summer, outside or inside, Canadian children have always worked hard to have fun!

This exhibition takes a look at our favourite games and toys over the past 130 years. Despite the 20th century’s astonishing developments in science, medicine and technology, some things have remained constant. Children still play with dolls and farm sets. Skating, tobogganing and playing hockey remain an integral part of Canadian winters.

The exhibition is presented in English and French, and is divided into four sections. All generations will enjoy this exhibition, celebrating what is common to us all!

Le Canada à l’heure du jeu : 100 ans de jouets, de jeux et de sports

Les classiques sont indémodables.

Dans la torpeur de l’hiver ou la chaleur de l’été, à l’extérieur ou à l’intérieur, les petits Canadiens ont toujours débordé d’idées pour   s’amuser !

Cette exposition examine nos jeux et nos jouets préférés des 130 dernières années. Malgré les incroyables développements du xxe siècle dans les domaines de la science, de la médecine et de la technologie, certaines choses n’ont pas changé. Les enfants continuent à jouer à la poupée ou à la ferme. Le patinage, la traîne sauvage et le hockey continuent de faire partie intégrante des hivers canadiens.

Cette exposition, présentée en français et en anglais, se divise en quatre sections. Toutes les générations apprécieront cette exposition qui célèbre ce qui nous est commun à tous !


Permanent Collections

Second Floor:

Arnprior on the World Stage (Bilingual)

IMG_2264This new permanent exhibit is being made possible through  the World War Commemorations Community Fund. Until now tangible proof of Arnprior’s involvement in the two World Wars has been held in family lore, archives and dark corners of the museum. This new exhibit with bring light to the collection of artefacts and uniforms along with highlighting the untold stories of the contribution of local people to both World Wars including video interviews. This exhibit is featured on the second floor of our heritage building, and for those unable to climb stairs, an audiovisual presentation will be available on the ground floor



Arnprior ‘Til Now

Showcasing fossils, Champlain Sea, Champlain, Algonquin First Nations, Laird McNab & early settlement, Prince of Wales visit 1860, Kenwood Mills, Arnprior marble, Canadian Public Booth company, Arnprior post office, M. Sullivan and Son, Charles MacNamara, travel & transportation, schools, fashions, Farmer Brothers shoes, fire department, medical care, Arnprior’s military history, sports, Arnprior airport, and Canadian Civil Defence College

Main Floor:

Marshall’s Bay flag stop, Algonquin pottery, Thomas G. Fuller architecture, post office exhibits, Arnprior and area railroad history and models, decorative dishware, Arnprior’s first telephone booth, and the Arnprior dollar.

Osborne’s General Store 

General store with textiles on display, including cash register, lace, buttons, hairpieces, gloves, fans, fabric, and thread etc.

Virtual Exhibit

Arnprior Through the Eyes of a Tourist’s Postcard

Explore Arnprior’s history through a collection of historic Arnprior postcards. Click here to visit this exhibit on virtualmuseum.ca.