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The History of Medicine in Orillia

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. 

Views from a Canoe

 Tuesday, March 16, 2021 to Saturday, October 16, 2021  VIEWS FROM A CANOEThis exhibition, Views from a Canoe, comes from a more local journey. Spending much of his time now on Lake […]


See You on the Patio

Friday nights all summer long, OMAH will be participating in the “See You on the Patio” evenings in the Peter Street Arts District.  Starting Friday July 2nd, visit us in front of the museum each Friday for a drop-in, family-friendly activity. Peter Street will be alive with art on these evenings, you will not want to miss out!


Historical Orillia: A Guided Walking Tour

On Friday nights, OMAH will be running guided, history walking tours all around the downtown.  Join your guide for a fascinating excursion through the Orillia of the past as we share stories of famous local people and places.  Some stories are sure to bring back memories, and maybe some will be new to you!  Tours will depart from OMAH at 7pm and return to the museum after about an hour and a half.  Please wear appropriate footwear to walk in.  This program begins on Friday July 2nd, and will run every Friday until the fall.  Book now as space is limited!

Only $10 per person ($7.50 for members).