The Collingwood Museum

The Collingwood Museum

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Step inside a modern take on Collingwood’s 1873 train station, but don’t let the exterior fool you! The Collingwood Museum’s collection stretches far beyond Collingwood’s transportation history.

Popular curiosities include a razor-sharp bill from a sawtooth shark and a twisted piece of metal recovered from the Halifax Explosion. You’ll also find paintings by local artists who trained under the Group of Seven, as well as a 140-year-old statue carved by Sir Sandford Fleming’s brother.

The sounds of Collingwood’s shipbuilding legacy ring through the gallery as a ship is side launched into the harbour on a loop of vintage film. Try your hand at turning a brass ship’s wheel, and get up close to models of Collingwood’s most famous ships, including the Chi-Cheemaun. Exhibits range from the evolution of local business and industry to the region’s First Nations people who inspired the establishment of the museum’s predecessor, the Huron Institute, in 1904.

The museum also houses an archival collection that is accessed by researchers from around the world. Photographs of Great Lakes vessels, Collingwood’s historic homes, downtown, and early industries are amongst the most popular items. Research may be conducted by appointment.

No visit is complete without browsing the museum’s quaint gift shop. It’s a popular stop for visitors and locals alike. You’re also just steps away from an extensive trail system that runs along the shores of Georgian Bay, so why not pack a picnic lunch and start your day at the museum! Bike parking and accessible washrooms are available.


Admission by donation. Open daily 9am - 5pm. 


The Collingwood Museum offers fun and educational programming for children. Call 705-444-2500 for more information.


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Service & Rates

The Collingwood Museum offers the following:
  • research services
  • images reproductions
  • a gift shop full of unique gifts, books, clothing and more

Museum Newsletters

Check out past editions of the Collingwood Museum Newsletter here.


Not a member yet? Membership to the Collingwood Museum has its privileges. Click here for details.

Historical Links

Please visit the links below for a historical look at the Town of Collingwood.

Shipbuilding Virtual Tour
Short History of Collingwood






Graphic that says 'new'Annual Reports (click on report to view)

Department Contacts

Station & Museum Supervisor
Susan Warner   
Phone: 705-445-4811 x7221

Museum Assistant
Melissa Shaw   
Phone: 705-445-4811 x7222

Hours of Operation

The Museum is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for the following:


45 St. Paul Street
P.O. Box 556
Collingwood Ontario
L9Y 4B2


Museum three year strategic plan (PDF)

2016 Annual Report - Collingwood Museum (PDF)

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