A collection of photos of guests touring OMAH



Postcard of OMAH in the early 1900's, when it was a post office

The Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building (where OMAH is housed) has a history as storied as any of its artifacts. Book a Building Tour to get the full ‘Behind the Scenes’ experience as we walk back through time to explore the OMAH building.


Take a guided Zoom tour through photographs of some of the OMAH collection’s greatest hidden treasures.  Your guide will discuss an array of artefacts from both the art and history collection.  Through Zoom’s chat feature, participants can ask questions of their guide while exploring the collection via slideshow.

Quarantours encompass both Art and History, but if you have a specific area of interest, we would be happy to customize your tour to your interests. Quarantours are available for adults, families, interest groups, or classrooms.   Click here for more information, or to book a tour.


Option 1: Historical Building Tour

The Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building (where OMAH is housed) has a history as storied as any of its artifacts. In this tour option, your group will learn about our building’s early years as a customs house, its eventual transition to the Orillia Museum of Art & History, and everything in between.

Our expert guide will share information and stories while giving you a behind the scenes look at this fascinating building, including a glimpse inside our historic clock tower.

Option 2: Art Appreciation Tour

If you have a group that is interested in art, then this tour option is for you. Our expert guide will take you through several current exhibitions and discuss the themes, techniques, and history related to the works on display. No knowledge of art is necessary for this tour, just come ready to experience amazing artworks and learn something new.

Booking Information

Minimum number of participants: six

Maximum number of participants: 30

Cost per participant: $7.08+ HST ($8.00 HST included)

Booking procedure: All tours must be booked two weeks prior to desired tour date. Bookings can be made by emailing the Administrative Assistant at visitors@orilliamuseum.org or by calling 705-326-2159 during opening hours.

Cancellation policy: To receive a refund, you must cancel your tour at least 48 hours before the scheduled start. Please notify us of your cancellation by sending an email to Monica Szegvary.


On your next visit, plan to rent an OMAH Backpack to inspire your children to engage with the museum in a fun and interactive way.

Each backpack is filled with a variety of hands-on games that relate to art and history. Backpacks also include a scavenger hunt and a storybook. Children can wear the backpack around the museum and use its contents to help explore the exhibitions. 

Each backpack is unique!

$5 per backpack or free with a family membership


Friday July 2nd – Friday September 3rd

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).

CLICK HERE to book your spot on the tour.


A guided downtown walking tour themed around Orillia in the 1870s, a time in which there was a licensed pub for every 150 citizens and it was legal to carry a loaded and concealed firearm.  1870s Orillia was chaos, and we are so excited to tell you all about it every Wednesday night! Tours will depart from OMAH at 7pm and finish at The Hog N’ Penny at 8:30pm where one drink is included in your ticket price.  Please wear appropriate footwear to walk in.  This program begins on Wednesday July 28th, and will run every Wednesday until the end of September.  Book now as space is limited! You won’t want to miss out on this fantastic date night opportunity, or an evening out with friends. 

Only $25 per person ($20 for members).

This tour is for ages 19+ as alcohol is included.  Tickets must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.


Click HERE to register for the tour!


30 Peter Street South
Orillia, ON L3V5A9
+1 (705) 326-2159

Open Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 11am – 4pm


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Land Acknowledgement

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.

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.