FAQS ABOUT THE COLLECTION AT THE ORILLIA MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY
WHAT KINDS OF ARTEFACTS ARE IN THE COLLECTION?
Among OMAH’s 17,000 artifacts, we have a variety of pieces which range from artwork to archival documents to locally relevant objects of all kinds. Our collections also feature individuals who impacted Orillia, such as Sir Sam Steele, Arthur Shilling, Mazo de la Roche and Franklin Carmichael. Our collection comes from the generous donations of our patrons and members of the community.
HOW DO I DONATE TO THE COLLECTION?
Thank you for considering donating to our collection! OMAH depends in part on the generosity of people like you. Please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your item(s). OMAH cannot accept donations ‘on the spot’ and consultation with staff is necessary for all incoming donations. If you would like to make a donation please fill out this FORM detailing your proposed donation
You can also reach out to our History Programming Coordinator or call us at 705-326-2159.
CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR THE COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT?
Absolutely! The Orillia Museum of Art & History is always looking for interested volunteers to help create a safe and organized environment for our collection. An ideal candidate will have some interest in history, keen sense of organization and appreciation for detail. If you are interested in volunteering in the collection department, click here to learn more about OMAH’s Volunteer Program.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF THE COLLECTION?
The Orillia Museum of Art & History is the steward of Orillia’s heritage. We work as a team to preserve artefacts related to the history of Orillia and the surrounding area. This involves carefully monitoring the climate controlled Collections Room using the Canadian Conservation Institute’s guidelines for good museum practices. The staff maintains the computer database where all information regarding the collection is stored. Having a concise and accessible database is crucial for the ongoing care of artefacts. Artefacts are collected for the Museum based on guidelines in our collections mandate which ensures that our collection is relevant. Using our collection as a base, the Museum staff and volunteers develop exhibits and educational programming based on the current permanent collection.
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The Orillia Museum of Art & History is located on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We respect and observe the long and enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Metis and Inuit – on this land. Their teachings and stewardship, culture and way of life have shaped our City’s unique identity.
In acknowledging that we occupy colonized Indigenous territories, and out of respect for the rights of Indigenous people, we accept our collective responsibility to recognize our colonial histories as well as their present-day manifestations in order to honour, protect, and sustain this land.