An Old Fashioned museum – Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario

A while back we visited the Huronia Museum in Midland, Ontario. It was an unexpected treat because it’s an old fashioned museum – and I mean that in a nice way. It’s not all push buttons and dioramas with cut-out picture boards and light effects, with nary an artifact in sight. This is a crammed-to-the-gills museum of cool stuff; Penny farthings, 1940s/50s televisions, ancient ‘Indian’ artifacts, Regency era cast iron stoves, and a fair bit of clothing too, including: two really nice Edwardian bathing suits with not one moth nip, one of the prettiest Edwardian wedding dresses I have ever seen, World War II uniforms…. and more. Most items are shown in finely crafted mahogany cases from the turn-of-the-century. It won’t be to everybody’s taste but I loved it!

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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12 Responses to An Old Fashioned museum – Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario

  1. Well, we can’t all be the Met, can we? I love little odd museums like this one. You just never know what you’ll find.

  2. Christina Johnson says:

    I just love museums like this–they’re full of so many treasures!

  3. John Buckberrough says:

    I visited it last summer for the first time in years. They also have a large archive of Thor Hansen designs.

    • Jonathan says:

      They do – its Hansen’s archive – wonderful stuff! They have one mural of his work on display at the moment.

      • John Buckberrough says:

        I believe the donation of the mural on display was engineered by my father who worked for BA/Gulf Canada. It had originally been installed in a BA rest stop restaurant just south of Barrie on Hwy. 400. When they rebranded, it went first to the Town of Midland where it was used as a backdrop in the town council chambers before ending up at the museum

        • Jonathan says:

          That’s interesting! I didn’t see a plaque on it describing that history – I hope they have that on record — or perhaps I just didn’t see the plaque.

  4. Thank you for your amazing review. I have shared it with my co workers here at the Museum!
    Veronica
    Administrative Assistant, Huronia Museum

  5. John Wilford says:

    Life is full of little coincidences. I perked up my “ears” because blogger John Walford’s name is so close to mine (John Wilford). Then John Buckberrough’s comment hit me again because my father also ran a BA/Gulf service station in Midland! And yes, our museum is quite special and the staff there couldn’t be more friendly and helpful.

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