Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Gallery

Museum and Art Gallery in Callander
Opening at 10:00 AM on Wednesday
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The Alex Dufresne Art Gallery welcomes Northern Ontario artist Fran Hanover for her exhibition of "SPIT, The Art of Disclosure" - a visual narrative of the artist’s journey through the mysteries and social challenges of ambiguous ethnicity, 1960’s adoption, and d...

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Today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) are the LAST two days to come in and see our current art show "An Appreciation of Artistic Nature: Celebrating 25 Years Painting Together" featuring the works of the art group Different Strokes! We are open 10-5pm and the show is free to see in the art gallery.

Please note that Friday September 10th we will be closed in the morning and will reopen at 1pm.
And please also note that we will be closed all day on Saturday September 11th.
We will return to our normal hours of Wednesday to Saturday from 10-5pm next week.
Thank you for your understanding and w...

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Hard to believe that it's September already, and that means that our open hours have changed.

Beginning today for the fall and winter we will be open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00pm. Please note that we do not close for the season - we are open all year-long and we have a great art show cur...

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And.. we.. are.. OPEN! We have the art, we have the artefacts in the museum and doors are unlocked - all we are waiting for is YOU!

Now on display until August 21 "Journeys to a Conversation With Nature" featuring the beautiful works of Carole Davidson and Sarah Carlin-Ball! Open Tuesday-Saturda...

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Contest Alert!! Want to win $1000?? If you win, the museum wins $1000 too!
All you need to do is take a selfie in front of the museum (or inside, if you'd like to visit our gift shop), and follow the steps below:
1. Take a selfie in front of, or in, the Museum
2. Post your photo to Facebook,

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Our gift shop is now open by appointment Tuesday to Saturday from 10-5pm!
We have Callander apparel, local history books, local pottery and more! We are also carrying the last issue of the new Back in the Bay Magazine produced by Small Town Times AND we still have back issues of available of A B...

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We added a few new items to our gift shop! Come and pick up some Callander swag - new hats, bags, and more zip up hoodies in stock (including youth sizes. Spend more than 50$ before tax and get a free bag with your purchase!

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We will be reopening tomorrow, Friday March 12, AND we have a new art show to go along with it! We are pleased to host Jürgen Mohr's "New Works" and we are hoping to have a small reception sometime in the next few weeks once more restrictions are lifted. For now you are all welcome to come and se...

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a month ago
Small building with lots of stories and the lady is super knowledgeable and kind to share her information about museum
- shadi z
a month ago
An awesome place with lots of things to learn.
- Oleksiy M
9 months ago
Amazing museum. I absolutely love all the artifacts and paintings and rooms. Its a very small place but the packed it so full you could be there for hours and still not have seen everything. The quintuplets room is marvelous!
- MTDavidson G

About us

The Callander Bay Heritage Museum, located in the prior home and practice of Dr. Dafoe, tells the story of the Dionne Quintuplets, Dr. Dafoe, and other history of the area such as the logging industry, history of shipping on Lake Nipissing, geology and more. Of special note is a barber shop from the early 1900s installed as an exhibit - including the chairs, sinks, mirrors and everything.

Five minutes down the road from the museum is the original "Quintland" site. Yvonne, Annette, Cecile and some of their children visited the museum in 1986. In the 1930s and 1940s, celebrities such as Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, James Cagney and Dennis Morgan all visited Dr. Dafoe at his home. In 2016, Brooke Shields and Beau Bridges visited the museum when they were in the area filming a movie. Bridges had played Dr. Dafoe in the tv-movie Million Dollar Babies and Shields' interest in the quintuplets stemmed from her mother's interest in them.

The Alex Dufresne Art Gallery houses local art shows year round and showcases a variety of mediums and styles.

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  • (705) 752-2282


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107 Lansdowne Street E
Callander, ON P0H 1H0

Business Hours

Wed:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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