Visiting Us

Natasha Wiatr - Museum Curator

September to April:
Thursday to Saturday
from 10:00am to 5:00pm

May to August:
Tuesday to Saturday
from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Contact Us:

107 Landsdowne St. East
P.O. Box 100
Callander, Ontario
P0H 1H0

Phone: 705-752-2282
Fax: 705-752-3116


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April 3, 2021

March 12, 2020

As the Municipality of Callander has moved into the Red category, the museum and art gallery are able to reopen under occupancy restrictions. We are allowed 10 people in at a time and we ask that you please wear a mask and respect social distancing. Our hours of operation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00-5:00pm and we are welcoming walk-ins at this time. If you would like to book an appointment for a private viewing on a Tuesday or Wednesday please call (705-752-2282 ext 502) or email us (


December 23, 2020

As required by the Province of Ontario, the Municipality of Callander will move into the Grey – Lockdown category within the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework as of Saturday, December 26th, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. As such both the Museum and Art Gallery will be closed until further notice.

We thank our residents for their cooperation during this time.


August 5, 2020

We are pleased to announced that as of Thursday August 6 the Museum and Gallery will be reopen.

Our hours of operation will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 - 5:00pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be open by appointment only (contact us at 705-752-2282 ext 502 or to book a slot).

Guidelines will be set up to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers.

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum and surfaces will be cleaned regularly. Interactive exhibits will not be available at this time. The upstairs exhibits will also be unavailable. Maximum occupancy for the museum will be restricted to 10 and for the art gallery it will be 12.

Masks will be mandatory for visitors, staff and volunteers and we ask that you refrain from visiting if you are feeling unwell. Debit and credit will be the preferred method of payment.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time as we adapt to our new guidelines and we look forward to welcoming guests back to the museum beginning Thursday August 6.

Special thanks to Isaac Paul for the above image and video!

“Why is there a barbershop in your museum?” …Because our museum started in a barbershop!

In 1979 the town barber, Alex Dufresne, convinced the town council to purchase the red bricked house on 107 Lansdowne Street that had once belonged to Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, the physician to the Dionne Quintuplets, and turn it into a community museum. Alex donated his photograph collection, various antiques, and his actual barbershop (chairs, sinks, mirrors and all!) to start the museum’s collection. Today, this collection has expanded to include artefacts related to the Dionne Quintuplets, the shipping industry on Lake Nipissing, the sawmills around Callander Bay, and the general history of Callander. In 1994, an addition was added and named the Alex Dufresne Gallery in honour of our founder. The space hosts 5 different art exhibitions each year featuring local and area artists. We are open year-round and we hope you will stop by!

Bus tours are asked to book at least two days in advance.