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{Summer Adventures} Simcoe County Museum

The other day we decided to take the day off and do some sight-seeing.  The Simcoe County Museum is one of our perennial favourites!


Here’s the run down:

Description: The Simcoe County Museum offers a wide variety of events, exhibits and programs for all ages throughout the year. Discover Simcoe County’s history through hands on exploration, and interactive displays.  With several indoor exhibits, as well as many outdoor displays including heritage buildings and vintage landmovers and other vehicles, there is lots to explore in any weather.

Hours:  Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Prices:  Adult – $6, Senior/Student – $5, Child – $4, Preschoolers – Free

We had a great time exploring the indoor and outdoor exhibits, and we even got a sneak peek at a brand new section that has yet to be unveiled (thanks to a great staff member who noticed my kids’ curiousity!).

The Simcoe County Museum is perfect for any age.  There are lots of hands-on activities that would occupy toddlers on up, and it’s visual enough that a baby would have lots to look at too.  It’s never really overwhelmed with people, so the kids can spread out and explore without getting lost in the crowd.

There is an indoor eating area and an outdoor picnic area, if you’d like to bring your own lunch.  The outdoor picnic area is right beside a large sand pit with several diggers and other sand toys, which is perfect for letting the kids play while the adults finish their meal at a reasonable pace.  There are no food services on site, but there are several restaurants within a 10 minute drive from the museum.

For Anne of Green Gables fans, the infamous scene in the movie when Anne breaks her slate over Gilbert’s head was filmed in the school house located right here, at the Simcoe County Museum!  You’ll see the school in the video below:



The Outdoor Blacksmith Shop


My kids pretending to run away (or something!) from the train.


The Hearth in Cedar View Cottage (one of the heritage buildings).

Do you have a favourite museum you love to visit?


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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Ourfamilyworld

    That looks like a great place to visit. It’s nice when you are allowed to bring your own food.
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  2. Kandice

    Looks like you guys had a great day. So much to see and do. Affordable too!
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  3. Ickle Pickle

    We love museums like this – and this one looks great! The entry fee is really good value too – it is so much more expensive here in the UK. Kaz x
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  4. Jacob Fu

    That is such a cool museum! Looks like there’s a lot to do and explore there. Nice job on the video too 🙂
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  5. Liz Mays

    I can’t say I have a favorite museum, but I always find a section within each one that I favor. This one looks to be another I need to add to the list!
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  6. CourtneyLynne

    I just love museums. They are always a great time. This one sounds like it was a great day for y’all 🙂

  7. Susan Quackenbush

    We visit our local museum two or three times a year, as they change out exhibits, but that’s really the only true museum I’ve been to. I would love to discover more though! 🙂
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  8. Miranda (Myrabev)

    Not big on museums but want to visit the Natural history museum here in London that should be interesting
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  9. NYC SingleMom

    I love local museums like this. You learn so much because it’s not overwhelming like going to a larger sized museum. It’s also great for kids too who have short attention spans.

  10. Rebecca Swenor

    It looks like you all had an awesome time at the Simcoe County Museum. I would love to see it some day. We have an Iron Ore Mining Museum here that my great grandfather and my grandfather both worked in years ago. Thanks for sharing

  11. Jaime Nicole

    I would love to see the schoolhouse. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorites!
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  12. L. Grace Lauer

    What a great place! I love places that are set up like they were in real life. Our Lil town here in SC has the largest outdoor revolutionary war museum and we love it.

  13. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    What a lovely looking museum, I love visiting places like this. I love the picture of your kids pretending to runaway from the train 🙂

  14. addi ganley

    I love all museums! We try to take the kids to a few different museums during the Summer, it’s fun and educational.
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  15. Danielle

    places like this museum is perfect to take the kids. We are always trying to find places that are educational and fun here in NYC but can’t stand when some locations are packed. I loved Anne of Greene Gables such a classic story it would be really cool to relate to a scene from the book.

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