About Us

Who we are

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is an incorporated registered charity that acts as a hub of culture and heritage in the heart of Orillia’s Peter Street Arts District.  Located in the heart of downtown Orillia, the clocktower of the Sir Samuel Memorial Building is a beacon for our historical location, but that’s just the beginning! For over twenty years, OMAH has been inspiring creativity and celebrating history, growing as a hub for local artists and historians. 

We invite families to try our drop in programs, teachers to explore our educational programming, learn about Orillia and area’s vibrant history, or enjoy an exhibition or two. 



OMAH's mission is to be a cultural centre open to all that will inspire creativity and celebrate history by creating excitement and wonderment for the arts, history, and culture communities.  


The Orillia Museum of Art & History will be the anchor for the significant and growing arts, local history and cultural community in Orillia and surrounding area by offering exciting and innovative exhibits, events, programming and activities that reach out and engage all citizens, seasonal residents and visitors.

Take a browse around our website to learn more about what OMAH has to offer!



OMAH is an essential service to our community.  Our job is to hold a mirror up to Orillia and our Lake Country community to stimulate and encourage discussions around culture and history and their relationship to contemporary societal issues. Over the past few years, we have worked on developing diversity in programming through exhibitions such as: If These Walls Could Talk: The History of the Oro African Church, Nation2Nation, When Raven Became Spider, and Mnjikaning: The Life of the Gaudaurs.  These have been presented alongside exhibitions featuring works of art created by artists locally, regionally and nationally and thematic exhibitions that explore the history of Orillia and Area.  As a programming leader, we will continue to review our commitment to sharing the stories of our Indigenous, ethnic and black communities through their own eyes and in their own voices.

Hours & Location

OMAH is open
Tuesdays – Saturdays 12-3pm ( by appointment)


Admission is $5 or by membership

We are located at
30 Peter St. South
Orillia, ON
L3V 5A9

You can call us at 705-326-2159 for any further inquiries.