To learn is to grow, and there are many ways to do so regardless of age. One of the easiest ways is to visit a museum where you can submerse yourself in a variety of topics that pique your interest. Read on to find out what you might learn during a visit to one of the museums that dot Ontario’s Highlands.
1. There may be cultures you have never experienced before
Have you ever had the desire to step into someone else’s shoes and see the world from the eyes of another? Strolling through the Polish Kashub Heritage Museum in Wilno will give you a glimpse into Canada’s first Polish settlement, where you’ll learn the traditions and values of the Polish Kashub people. Stop in for a traditional meal afterwards at the Wilno Tavern, where you can choose from jumbo pierogies, cabbage rolls, sausage, or a little bit of each.
2. The wonders of our earth
We can learn so much just by doing a little digging – literally. The beauty of the earth is on full display at the Bancroft Gem and Mineral Museum, where you’ll see over 400 stunning mineral specimens. These gems and minerals were all found in the surrounding area so take your learning a step further by trying your hand at rock hounding at the Princess Sodalite Mine just minutes away. Another display of a natural product (even better, an edible one!) can be found at Wheelers Maple’s heritage museum, which holds the Guinness World Record for largest collection of maple syrup artifacts.
3. What life was like way back when
If you want to feel what it was like to live in another time, there are a plethora of museums that can take you back. At the Haliburton Highlands Museum’s Reid House, you‘re transported to the 1880s while walking through this restored family home filled with authentic furnishings and artifacts. Likewise, you can step into the life of Roderick Matheson at the Perth Museum, housed in an 1840s era homestead, or find out what is was like to live in Carleton Place in the late 19th century at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.
4. Everything there is to know about a specific topic
You’re probably an expert at something; maybe it’s your job or just a hobby. Some experts take their passion for a topic to another level by curating their own collection and inviting the public to jump into their world. Ankaret Dean has a vast knowledge of basketry and an impressive collection on display at the Lanark Highlands Basketry Museum. The Canadian Clock Museum is another quirky spot highlighting Canada’s many clock manufacturers from 1800s to current times. You never know, a trip to one of these museums may spark a new passion within you!