The Museum is closed for the season!

The Museum is open to the public, seasonally, from the beginning of June to Labour Day weekend, seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The McDougall Mill Museum’s picturesque setting in O’Brien Park is located at the second chute of the Bonnechere River and Renfrew’s Swinging Bridge.

The 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.

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.

Exhibits and Collections

Through its important and eclectic collection, the McDougall Mill Museum strives to tell the stories of an evolving town – from its early settlers during the lumber era, to the birthplace of Ottawa’s first female Mayor, Charlotte Whitton, our Permanent Gallery invites visitors to discover the stories, see the objects and meet the people that shaped early Renfrew.

Plan Your Visit

Don’t forget to pack a picnic, following your museum visit, you can enjoy the picturesque O’Brien Park and Renfrew’s historic Swinging Bridge. Special school or group museum tours can be arranged. Free Admission. Donations welcome.

Join & Give

The McDougall Mill Museum is built on the support and participation of its community. With the countless hours of volunteers and generous financial donations we are able to open our doors with free admission and to preserve and care for our collections for the enjoyment of residents and tourists. We Thank You!