Permanent Exhibits:

The Arthur Child Heritage Museum presents the rich cultural and natural history of the 1000 Islands through permanent and seasonal exhibits designed to educate and entertain.

Experience 10,000 years of 1000 Islands history: our permanent, interactive displays invite visitors to explore the 1000 Islands ecosystem, learn about the First Nations people, early settlers, and military leaders. Discover the fascinating and intriguing lives of folk heroes, as well as the rich and famous of the Golden Era.

Cutty Sark

The Museum is home to four magnificent model ships, including the HMS St. Lawrence, crafted by William Morrison and on display in the main rotunda.


Visitors of all ages will appreciate the role of the St. Lawrence River, past and present, after a tour through our spacious 2nd floor exhibit area. Be sure to visit our Wheelhouse in the Tower and experience the river first hand.

New Permanent Exhibits: Plying the River

An archive of the Carnegie Ferry’s and other river vessels, designed and created by Brian Phillips.

Seasonal Exhibits:

New Seasonal Exhibit 2018: Migrations

Come explore our new exhibits including this year’s main feature: “Migrations“, funded in part by the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant! We appreciate this support from the Government of Ontario.

The 1000 Islands are a migratory axis that has served as a transit way since the recession of the glaciers. This year our exhibit will highlight how immigration enriches our society through cultural exchange and innovation. The children’s room will feature Monarch Butterflies and Bobolinks. We will also be showcasing Reflections: Images of Chinese Canadian Women in Canada, a travelling exhibition from the Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario. It is the first presentation of this exhibit in Ontario.

2018 Migrations Exhibit will also feature:  

Trunk Display – an invitation to community members to bring an example of the suitcase or trunk and contents, that was brought to Ontario when immigrating, with a personal story to go along with it

Traveling Exhibits on Loan – “The Working Lives of Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967” 

Interactive Display – Wall map encouraging visitors to say where they’re from and where they live now, and why they moved to the location.

In-house Displays – featuring historical and current figures in the community that ‘came from away’, and the contributions they made to the community

Children’s Gallery – displays on the migration of insects, fauna, flora and people with information on the reasons for relocation


Open daily May to October.