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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 display of works from the Museum's Collection, including a recent collection of acquisitions from Heath & Sherwood Ltd.  

The show will be on display until November 15th, 2022.

In the Billiard Room

The Museum is currently featuring "Home is Where the Art is", which includes many repurposed or creative art pieces from community members.

The display will be on in the Billiard Room until November 12th, 2022.