June 14, 2024 Hours:
11 am to 4 pm

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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Email: info@museumontowerhill.com
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
Senior/Child $3
Pass Holders FREE

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The E. Roy Smith Gallery is open to the public after a lot of hard work and waiting!

The West Parry Sound District Museum received a $27,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to complete renovations to the E Roy Smith Gallery. The project was completed in February 2022, and will give the community new exhibitions that feature our local heritage.


Watch the video to see all the renovations that took place to get the gallery where it is today. There is still a lot to come too, so be sure to visit more than once to see new exhibitions and learn more about our district's history.


In October 2019, the Museum began installing the model of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway, but not without the help of some dedicated volunteers of course! Thank you to all those who helped move the train into the Permanent Gallery.

Bringing up the train!

There sure were a lot of pieces!

...and even more screws!

Shout out to thom morrissey photography for capturing it all on film :)

Staff and volunteers have been hard at work in the E Roy Smith Gallery. The Barn is officially down and has been moved out of the Gallery into storage.

A big thank you to Merrill, Joanne, Ellen, Roger, Gord, Barb, Quinlan, Doug and Daryl for making this happen!


The Museum has successfully completed the first stage of our planned fall 2019 renovation of the E. Roy Smith Gallery; moving the Mackinaw boat. Watch the video below to see how we did it. Thank you to the staff of Glenn Burney Marina who made the move possible.


Now On Display...

Start Date:
Mar 01/2023
Museum From Home

End Date:
Feb 28/2026


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New Virtual Exhibition

Every January, the Museum honours new artifact donations received throughout the previous year by curating our What's New exhibition. Since the beginning of this year was a bit uncertain, we decided to take things virtual.

This year, instead of visiting the Museum to explore the new additions to the permanent collection, you get to do it from the comfort of your home! Just click on the graphic below to discover the array of materials the Museum received throughout 2020. From a collection of photographs capturing the COVID-19 pandemic to an invitation for the first graduation ceremony of the Parry Sound General Hospital Training School for Nurses, these artifacts help share the story of the West Parry Sound District.

Click on the graphic below to explore this virtual exhibition!

 The History of Tower Hill

Did you know that roughly 20,000 people from all over the world visit the Tower Hill observation tower every year? Although this amazing place has always been a great tourist attraction, its history proves that it is much more than that! Learn more about this popular Parry Sound location in our newest virtual exhibition.


Tracing the Legacy: The Waubuno

The steamship Waubuno has been a very essentail part to the history of Parry Sound. For a lot of people, Waubuno was a life sustainer. It was made in 1865 for the Georgian Bay Transportation Company (the Beatty line) and serviced to and from Parry Sound daily.


Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied

Many West Parry Sound District residents will know that while much of the work on the Avro Arrow and Iroquois engine was done in Malton, many of the engine components were developed and tested in Nobel. The test facility opened in 1946 and was located on the site of the former Defense Industries Limited explosives plant. The property was already equipped with a power plant, water supply, machine shop, laboratories and offices, which saved the company set-up time and money.

Logging: A History

The logging industry in Ontario began around 1860, with American lumber companies moving north to expand their markets after removing much of the timber along the lake states. As more companies began to situate themselves near prominent waterways, the scale of the operations grew. More sawmills were erected, turning the lumber industry into one of the most profitable for the Canadian export trade, next to the fur trade.

Special thanks to the West Parry Sound Geography Network!



Start Date:
Jan 20/2024
Curling in Parry Sound: Celebrating 125 Years

End Date:
Dec 31/2024

The Roots of a Passionate Tradition

The exhibition will be a captivating journey through time, tracing the roots of curling in Parry Sound. From its humble beginning on natural ice to state-of-the-art facilities of today, visitors will witness the evolution of a sport that has become deeply woven into the fabric of the community.

Unveiling the Treasure

As visitors step into the exhibiton, they will be greeted by a treasure that will lead them down memory lane. Vintage Curling stones, antique brooms, and historic photographs will tell the story of the town's enduring love affair with the game. Each artifact has a tale to tell, reflecting the dedication and passion that have fueled curling in Parry Sound for over a century

Interactive Exhibits for All Ages

This celebration is more than just a walk down memory lane: it's an interactive experience for all ages. Visitors can try their hand at a simulated curling match, gaining a newfound appreciation for the skill and precision required to master this timeless sport. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the hands-on activities that bring the spirit of curling to life.

Looking towards the future

While the exhibition commemorates the past, it also set its sights on the future. Displays highlights the advancements in technology, training facilities, and the growing popularity of curling promise to inspire the next generation of enthusiasts. Parry Sound's commitement to maintaining its status as a curling hub for years to come will be evident throughout the exhibtion.

Join the Celebration

As Parry Sound marks 125 years of curling, the exhibition invites everyone to be a part of this remarkble celebration. Whether you are a seasoned curler, a casual fan, or someone curious to learn more about the town's history, this exhibition promises a memorable experience for all.

Don't miss the chance to be part of Curling in Parry Sound: Celebrating 125 Years.


To know more about Miller Cup, click here.

To know more about Parry Sound Granite Club Ladies Section Trophy for Annual Competition, click here.

To know more about Parry Sound Granite Club Ladies Section Annual Compettition donated by Canadian Legion Parry Sound, click here.

To know more about Annual Bonspiel Competition, click here.

To learn more about Memorial Cup Colt Annual Comeptition, click here.

To learn more about the Beatty Trophy, click here.

To know more about Tony Gilchrist Trophy, click here.





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