Bay of Quinte Tourism

Bay of Quinte Museum Roundup

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DITCH THE SCREENS

We’ll be the first to admit we love a good binge-watch on Netflix, but sometimes you just need to get away from your screen and experience things in real life. Visit one of these Bay of Quinte museums for a change of scenery, we guarantee you’ll learn something new!

GLANMORE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

257 Bridge St E, Belleville

Photo: Glanmore NHS

Have you ever wanted to go back in time? That’s exactly what a visit to Glanmore feels like. The former residence was constructed in 1883, designated a National Historic Site in 1969 and opened as a museum in 1973. The Second Empire architecture of the building features a mansard roof with cast iron cresting, and inside it’s full of art, furniture, clothing and artifacts from that time period. Glanmore has undergone extensive site restoration to accurately display what the house would have looked like in the late 1800s. Keep an eye out for future Toymaker Time Machine dates for an experience that gives you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the museum where you get to recreate a toy of the past. 

QUINTE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

99 Dufferin Ave, Quinte West

Skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that has been put on display at the Quinte Museum of Natural Hi story
A Tyrannosaurus Rex from QMNH’s inaugural exhibit. Photo: QMNH

The Quinte Museum of Natural History (QMNH) has a mission to inspire discovery, conservation and stewardship of our natural heritage. Visitors will be set on a lifelong course of wonder and excitement about the natural world around them. Their current 5,000-square-foot space that opened early in 2022 is only temporary, as the museum has plans to one day renovate 14,000 square feet of exhibition space. The inaugural Exploration Exhibit in partnership with Research Casting International featured dinosaur specimens that were prepared for international tour. QMNH will be closed in early 2023 so they can pack up the dinosaurs that have been on display and prepare for the next exhibit. Keep an eye on their website for updates.

NATIONAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF CANADA

220 RCAF Rd, Quinte West

The fully restored World War II Halifax Bomber on display inside the National Air Force Museum.
The fully restored World War II Halifax Bomber on display. Photo: Monika Kraska

The National Air Force Museum of Canada has over 75,000 square feet of Canadian military aviation history. They have a wide variety of exhibits, interactive activities and displays, including the fully restored World War II Halifax Bomber (the only one of its kind in the world). The museum has 35 aircraft on display with some inside and the rest outdoors in their 16-acre air park.

MUSEUM OF LENNOX AND ADDINGTON

97 Thomas St E, Napanee

Photo: Museum of Lennox & Addington

The Museum of Lennox and Addington houses both an archival and museum collection, meaning they have historical records and objects of scientific, artistic or historical importance. Their extensive collection of over 12,000 artifacts provides insight into life from the late 18th century through to today. Rotating exhibits highlight local, national and global history with artifacts from the museum’s internal collection, private collectives and travelling collections from throughout the country.

COMMUNITY ARCHIVES OF BELLEVILLE AND HASTINGS COUNTY

254 Pinnacle St, Belleville

A history buff could easily get lost for a couple of hours in the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County. The archival collections include textual records, photographs, maps, newspapers, and other materials about people and places in Belleville and Hastings County. 


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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.