Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre celebrates 65th anniversary

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton. Bruce county Museum & Cultural Centre

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This summer the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre marks 65 years of exploring the rich history of Bruce County, natural heritage, arts and culture.

The celebration offers a virtual journey through the County with fun activity pages posted weekly at brucemuseum.ca

The virtual journey will include fun activity pages posted weekly on Tuesdays at brucemuseum.ca and new pages will be added each Tuesday until the end of August.

Each week features a different Bruce County municipality and interesting activity related to the history of that area.

Participants are invited to print off the pages and enjoy the activities and participate in weekly contests with a draw for two free Museum passes, and a grand prize gift shop basket at the end of summer.

Passes have no expiry, so you can visit when BCM&CC reopens or at your convenience. If you are not a Facebook user, email completed page to scrilly@brucecounty.on.ca to enter.

Kids can also earn a Beanstack Badge by completing in five or more activities. To learn more and register for this program Bruce County Public Library

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre – seen in this 1958 opening photo – celebrates its 65th anniversary in Southampton this year.

BCM&CC history dates to 1952 when Mrs. W.G. McKenzie of Lucknow suggested the idea of a museum.

From her suggestion, the Bruce County Museum was born and developed with a museum committee headed by Dr. J.F. Morton that was strongly supported by branches of the Women’s Institute and represented voices from all of Bruce County.

The Committee found a home at a former public school built in 1878 in Southampton, and the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre opened July 1, 1955.

The new museum was flooded with donated articles and the strong support continues today.
Over the years, the Museum has seen many changes including the addition of the 1850 settler’s cabin, the 1875 log schoolhouse, the 1970s Krug Wing, and the 2005 expansion.

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