Come and explore the history of the Town of Renfrew and surrounding area! The McDougall Mill Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that depict Renfrew's early days, and is a true family-friendly museum. Our most cherished artifact is the Museum itself. This beautiful stone mill was built in 1855 by fur trader and Hudson’s Bay Company agent, John Lorne McDougall. Used originally as a grist mill, the building was renovated and reopened as a museum in 1969. Situated in picturesque O’Brien Park, the mill cradles the second chute of the Bonnechere River and overlooks the town’s historic Swinging Bridge.

The museum has a variety of displays, dispersed throughout three floors. The main floor is home to music-related artifacts, Renfrew souvenirs, original ice boxes from Barnet Refrigeration Co., Renfrew Electric items, a reading corner for avid learners, photography equipment from The Handford Photography Studio, and more.

Upstairs features fashion through the ages, including an extensive wedding dress collection. There are also various textiles on display,  as well as a military showcase.

The basement floor is home to multiple different farming tools and farming equipment, industrial ware, and more.

Everything in the museum has been donated from people of Renfrew and surrounding area. Come and see our amazing collection!

Sawtech Log Expo

From Friday, June 23rd until Satuday, June 25th 'Sawtech Log Expo' is happening in Renfrew!

Stop by the museum during these days to check out a special display highlighting the lumber industry in Valley.

For more info on the event itself, please visit https://www.sawtechlogexpo.com/

Visit Us Soon!

Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June through August

September by chance or appointment.

Admission by donation. Group tours are welcome.

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