The Brockville Museum is home to exhibits and displays on Brockville's industrial and social past, focused primarily on the themes "Made in Brockville" and "The People of Brockville". Our exhibition schedule includes temporary and travelling exhibits in addition to our more permanent displays.
Please note: The Museum is currently open by appointment only.
From Carriage to Car: a look at Brockville's carriage making industry and short-lived era of automobile manufacturing. A Canada Carriage Factory buggy, an Atlas automobile (on loan from the Canadian Automotive Museum, Oshawa) and a Briscoe automobile are on display.
Made in Brockville: examines the many products once manufactured in Brockville including Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People, St. Lawrence Engines, Automatic Electric telephones, Smart's frying pans, Orient Hosiery, and Stetson Hats, to name just a few. (temporarily closed)
People of Brockville: celebrates Brockville's fascinating historical figures and vivacious ordinary people with interpretive panels about our citizenry's contribution to the community and in some cases to the country.
Travel Trunk: Unpacking Brockville’s Cultural Stories: Winner of the 2019 Ontario Museum Association Award of Excellence for Exhibitions!
Unpack the role immigration has played in Brockville’s development and discover the stories of local newcomers all while exploring your own family’s journey to Brockville. This hands-on and interactive exhibit is geared towards families with children age 8-12.
Brockville's Rail Story: a look at the dynamic role the railway has played in Brockville's development.
Blockhouse Island and the Tunnel: a look at the history and development of these two iconic Brockville landmarks
Brockville's River Story: a look at Brockville's shift from an industry-centred waterfront to one focused on recreation and commercial enterprise.
“The Recorder & Times: 200 Years of Printing History 1821-2021” is now open. This exhibit marks the occasion of the newspaper’s 200 birthday (which will officially pass in January 2021) and will take a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the local newspaper, including printing technology and the notable characters that once passed through the news- and printing- rooms, like Betty MacDowell, Stu Paterson, and Hunter Grant, among others. Through objects, images, and stories, the exhibit traces the paper’s 200-year evolution and invites visitors to reminisce about a time when the newspaper was king.
In addition to our physical exhibits we are creating a variety of virtual exhibits that highlight items of interest in our collection. Please take a look! The Brockville Museum's most ambitious exhibit to date "Painting Picnic with Prudence Heward", opened virtually on March 31!