The McDougall Mill Museum holds three packed floors of artifacts, many from Renfrew’s early Industrial days when the town was home to: Renfrew Electric, makers of Canadian Beauty Appliances, Renfrew Refrigerator Company, Renfrew Machinery Acorn stoves, Renfrew Flour Mills and the Renfrew Creamery.
The third floor houses a decorative military display, Victorian clothing and a wedding dress gallery. A doll collection, glass ware and hundreds of household articles fill every corner of our second floor. The first floor contains one of the most extensive collections of farming equipment and pioneer tools in Ontario, along with a few treasures for railway enthusiasts.
Though the majority of the museum’s artifacts celebrate local history, we also exhibit items donated by valley natives from travels around Canada and exotic locales abroad. A Six foot long Narwhal tusk, Polar bear skin, African wood carvings and Japanese Kimonos to name just a few.
Our most celebrated 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.
Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June Through August
September by chance or appointment.
$2.00 per adult
$1.00 for children under 12
FREE for children under 6
Kids Week: July 13-19th
Free admission, face painting and our passport booklet!
Group Tours Are Welcome.
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A proud member of the Renfrew County Museums Network
The Renfrew And District Historical And Museum Society
P.O. Box 554, Renfrew, Ontario K7V 4B1
Town of Renfrew
Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce