265 Memorial Ave.
Orillia, ON L3V 5X8
Phone: (705) 326-3554
Fax: (705) 326-5641
Arts & Museums
Established in 1914, the MacLaren Art Centre has been named in honor of Maurice MacLaren. Home to a lot of significant Canadian artwork, the center also permanently houses Rodin's The Thinker. Guided and group tours of the facility are available on a regular basis. Art classes are also conducted by the center for children and adults alike.
The Bethune Memorial House is a historic structure that honors the life and work of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune. Built in 1880 to serve the Knox Presbyterian Church, this house was later used as a residence by Dr. Bethune. It is now open to public for viewing and exploring. A guided tour of this home will acquaint you with the great achievements and life of Dr. Bethune. The house, owing to its rich past was designated as the National Historic Site of Canada.
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is a living museum that exhibits the first European settlement in Ontario. It was the home of the French Jesuit missionaries who worked among the Wendat people. It had a church, barracks, a sheltered area and a workshop. Today, one can tour the area and participate in interactive programs that underline the interaction between the two communities.
Established in 1947, the Huronia Museum displays the artifacts belonging to the native American that once lived in the area. The museum features a replica of Huron/Ouendat village, which is the most popular attraction of this museum. Home to more than one million artifacts, the museum displays artworks by renowned artists like William J. Wood, Homer Watson and David Milne. Guided and group tours of the museum remain available to the public.