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.
Effective February 18, 2021, the Brockville Museum exhibition galleries are open by-appointment for private self-guided tours for parties of up to five people. Visits must be booked in advance through the Brockville Arts Centre Box Office.
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 (and still) manufactured in Brockville including Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People, St. Lawrence Engines, Orient Hosiery, and Northern Cables, to name just a few.
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. (Please note that in keeping with COVID-19 safety protocols some interactive components have temporarily been removed).
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 (extended until June 19, 2021). This exhibit marks the occasion of the newspaper’s 200 birthday and takes 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 also pleased to offer a variety of virtual exhibits that highlight items of interest in our collection.