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Visiting Exhibits                                                       

Unmasking Influenza (Now Closed)

The world’s deadliest influenza pandemic — known as the Spanish Flu — swept across Canada between 1918 and 1919. With no effective vaccine or treatment available, the virus infected Canadians living in cities, towns, and farms. Approximately 55,000 Canadians died; most of the casualties were young adults.

This new display examines the lasting impact of the influenza pandemic in Canada — and asks whether we’re prepared for the next one. Presented by Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation – and developed by Canadian Geographic Enterprises.

This is brought to you by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Museum Assistance Program (MAP).

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.


The Timber! exhibit is about the history of the lumber industry in the Ottawa Valley. Arnprior and area were built on the timber trade,  situated at the confluence of both the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers used to transport vast timber rafts downstream to sawmills in the area. Logging tools, artefacts and photographs evoke the spirit of life in the lumber camps and highlights the importance of logging to the area.

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.

Black Smith Tony Walsh – Making a Spud

Click here to watch the video