Permanent Exhibits:

The 1000 Islands History 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:

The Museum hits the ice in 2019 with: “HOCKEY”

HOCKEY revisits game-changing moments and players.  Paul Henderson’s winning goal for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series… Manon Rheaume’s debut as an NHL goalie… Roch Carrier’s classic story, The Hockey Sweater … Shania Twain’s NHL-inspired stage outfits. This exhibition reminds us how deeply hockey is woven into the tapestry of Canadian life.

“The Canadian Museum of History is thrilled to share HOCKEY with the people of Gananoque” said President Mark O’Neill, President & CEO.  “Whether we hit the ice or cheer from our living rooms, hockey is more than just a game to Canadians.  It has shaped our history and our national identity from coast to coast to coast.”