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The History of Medicine in Orillia

March 16, 2021 - October 16, 2021

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 to Saturday, October 16, 2021


This exhibit was curated and designed by Emily Faulkner, a Young Canada Works intern from the Georgian College Museum and Gallery Studies Program


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 to Saturday, October 16, 2021



Medical history is convoluted: full of intrigue, missteps, and miraculous breakthroughs.  There is always something interesting about seeing an old bottle of medicine or a historical medical instrument. Healthcare in Canada is largely a standard service in our lives, so many people neglect to think about how it got to where it is today. It is important to take a moment, especially nowadays, to appreciate the struggles and advancements made in medicine, which is the goal of our new Medical Exhibit.  The Medical Exhibit showcases artifacts from OMAH’s permanent collection that relate to Orillia’s local medical history. The exhibit explores the history of the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital (OSMH), including images of the hospital through the ages, the Orillia School of Nursing, which ran from 1910 until 1974, and the career of local doctor, Trevor McLennan (1907 – 1980) who served in WWII and ran the radiology department at the OSMH. The most exciting part is the apothecary corner, where you can view medical bottles for a wide range of ailments and historical treatments. We invite you to step back in time with us as you visit this new exhibit on display from now until late June in OMAH’s main lobby. 


The Orillia Museum of Art & History would like to offer a warm thank you to Dapper Depot, one of our local downtown businesses, who lent 2 of their mannequins for use in this exhibition.

The museum is also grateful to Dora E. Noy, Gwenneth Wallace and Marion Ronwyn Ingraham (McLennan), whose donations comprise the majority of our medical collection.  Through their generosity they made this exhibition possible.



March 16, 2021
October 16, 2021