The North Lanark Regional Museum is open for visitors, with student staffers who enjoy giving guided tours of the different sections of the museum, including the dairy, blacksmiths, rural schools, general stores and post offices exhibits.

Log cabin downstairs interior, with a selection of historical items.
Log cabin downstairs interior, with a selection of historical items.

Other features include our memorial exhibit, which commemorates the Almonte Train Accident of 1942, which claimed the lives of 39 people and injured many more. This speciality exhibit describes the mistakes that led to the tragedy, but also highlights the human compassion that local Almonte residents showed when they worked tirelessly in efforts to save the survivors of the crash. The NLRM has collected eyewitness accounts of the accident from survivors, witnesses and family members, which show the accident from many different viewpoints.

One of the most notable features of the museum is its log cabin, originally built in the 1850s, and used by the local area’s pioneers. The log cabin is filled with pioneer artefacts, with everything from agricultural implements to early hygiene items. There is also a section within the museum that focuses exclusively on pioneer living, with artefacts from a pioneer homestead and illustrative wood models created by the late Norman Paul.

There are many different exhibits at the NLRM for everyone to enjoy, so make sure to check out the museum this summer. Families with children are encourages to come as we tailor our tours to the children and offer additional scavenger hunts and colour sheets for the kids. Admissions to the museum are by donation. The NLRM may be a small museum, but it is packed with local history.