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Museum of Northern History

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Exterior photograph of the Museum

Welcome to the Museum of Northern History at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau. Step through the ornate doors of the Chateau and travel back in time to when gold was king. Witness the hardy life of the early pioneers and their struggles as they forged a community out of the unforgiving wilderness. Explore the inner workings of some of the richest mines in Canadian history. Marvel at the tenacity of Sir Harry Oakes, one of the poorest men to walk into, and one of the richest to walk out of the northern goldfields.

Mystery, adventure, excitement... it's all waiting for you at the Museum of Northern History.

Permanent exhibits housed within the Chateau represent North Eastern Ontario geographically, culturally and economically. See exhibits on the prosperous Kirkland Lake Gold Camp, geology, local businesses and industries, the pioneers of Kirkland Lake and local heroes. The museum also features themed temporary exhibits, and hosts between 8-10 art exhibitions each year from local, regional and international artists.


  • Permanent Exhibits highlighting local history
  • Year Round Art Gallery
  • Tourism Information
  • Gift Shop, featuring local art & artisan works
  • Rental Spaces, including the Billiard Room & Gallery
  • Commercial Kitchen for Rentals
  • Event & Activity Venue
  • Historical Archives and Research Materials
  • Photography Venue, for weddings & other special occasions.
  • Unique Architecture
  • Bird Watching by the Lake, (the old "Kirkland Lake")
  • Local Picnic Spot

In the Gallery

The Museum Gallery is currently featuring a commemorative exhibit celebrating the 100th Anniversary of KLCVI. The exhibit features school history, photographs, stories & memorabilia. Stop by and see the exhibit before it ends on Monday, July 3rd, 2023.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will be holding a wine & cheese on Sunday, July 2nd from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Museum or by calling 705-568-8800. There will be a cash wine bar brought to you by Vienna's & the Museum Auxiliary. The Museum will provide appetizers & additional refreshments.