Bay of Quinte Tourism

4 Bay of Quinte Museums To Explore This Summer

Take time for a family-friendly history bite this season.

These four family-friendly venues bring the Bay of Quinte’s history to life, from our agricultural traditions to our military heritage.

Dairy Display at Farmtown Park in Stirling
Dairy Display at Farmtown Park in Stirling

Farmtown Park, Stirling

(613) 395-0015

Farmtown Park is the home of the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage. Walk through the museum and find out about our rural heritage and the farmers who grow our food. They have a large grassy courtyard with working windmill pumping water, a gazebo and picnic tables. Find out about cheese and butter making and the development of farm machinery. Don’t miss Heritage Village a unique country town from the 1930’s. The George V School House is typical of the one room school houses in this area. The new Discovery Centre has a wonderful collection of toys. Listen to stories and watch videos at A Growing Heritage.

Hours: Victoria Day Weekend until September 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last admission at 3 p.m. Totally accessible and they have wheel chairs. Adults – $8, Seniors (60 and over) – $7, Students – $6, Children 5 years to 12 years – $4, Family – $24. Seasonal passes are available.

Pioneer cookware at O'Hara Mill Homestead
Pioneer cookware at O’Hara Mill Homestead

Photo via Jeff Rogerson.

O’Hara Mill Homestead & Conservation Area

(613) 473-2084

Summer hours: Wed-Mon 11-4

Enjoy a wonderful experience while exploring the 85 acre Conservation Area north of Madoc including pioneer buildings, beautiful gardens, nature trails, sheltered picnic areas and a lovely mill pond with new dam and covered bridge. Five of the original 11 pioneer buildings occupy the site along with additional buildings to represent the lifestyle of the past. These buildings have been restored by dedicated craftsmen and volunteers for the enjoyment of everyone and particularly for those who value the importance of preserving our heritage.

Special events:

July: Youth day camps on pioneer life in the 1800s, conservation and wildlife.  These day programs will be featuring hands on crafts, trail walks, Victorian games, school house routines and demonstrations (blacksmith, sawmill, etc.). These day programs will be geared towards kids in grades 2-3. If interested please contact O’Hara Mill for registration.

Heritage Day – July: 10AM to 4PM. Pioneer demonstrations and activities, musical entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides and refreshments. Refreshments available. Hours: 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.

Annual Corn Boil – August: Check website closer to the date for further details.

Image of the interior via Glanmore NHS
Image of the interior via Glanmore NHS

Glanmore National Historic Site of Canada


Glanmore was built in 1882-1883 and features beautiful hand-painted ceilings and ornate woodwork. Many of Glanmore’s rooms have been restored to the 1890s. Local history is highlighted in Glanmore’s lower level. Guided and self-guided tours are available year-round.

Hours: The Museum is open to the public six days a week. June – August: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: Adults $6.00; Seniors $5.00; Students $5.00; Children (5-12) $3.50; Children under 5 free.

Special events: Glanmore hosts Summer Fun at the Museum days throughout the summer. The half day family friendly events will run from 1-4 p.m. Play some Victorian garden games and make homemade ice cream in a historic churn. Check for details.

Image of the Halifax via NAFMCanada
Image of the Halifax via NAFMCanada

National Air Force Museum of Canada

(613) 965-7223

Originally founded in 1984 as the RCAF Memorial Library and Museum, the National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC) has developed and expanded to where it now enjoys a national reputation, the largest number of aircraft on static display and the most skilled team of restoration volunteers of any military museum in the country.

Located on RCAF Rd, 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton, the museum presents more than 3,500 artifacts and memorabilia depicting major historical events, notable aviation achievements, as well as the social history of Canada’s Air Force.

The museum houses one of the most versatile bombers of the Second World War, the Handley Page Halifax.

Summer hours: (May 1 to September 30) Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission by donation.

There are many smaller museums in the region for visitors to explore and many of them also have special event days. Visit the Bay of Quinte region’s many heritage exhibits and have some fun while learning about Ontario history.

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