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!

12 thoughts on “An Old Fashioned museum – Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario

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

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

      • 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

        • 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.

  2. 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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