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*POSTPONED* The Speakeasy

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm


Dear OMAH friends,

As the museum cares about the health and safety of our members, supporters, and visitors, we are taking some special measures in light of the COVID-19 flu pandemic. We want to mitigate any potential opportunities for the virus to spread. To this end, our Speakeasy special event scheduled for March 27th will be postponed. 

We’re going ahead with planning the rescheduled Speakeasy for Friday September 18.

Thank you as always for your support.


Yours in Culture,
Ninette Gyorody

Executive Director 


Join the Roaring 2020's!

This fundraiser will feature food, music, and activities inspired by the 1920's. 

Immerse yourself in a multi floor experience that will transport you to another century. Themed musicians will be playing in each area, including The Big Butter and The Egg Men. Explore the past with an exclusive pop up exhibition about Orillia in the 1920’s. We will be joined by local food purveyors and specialty drinks will be served. There will also be a photo booth so be sure to dress snazzy and jazzy for the occasion. Fund raised will go towards OMAH's programming for children and youth. 
OMAH offers educational and community programming for children and youth ages 0-18. We provide a safe, fun environment to explore, explain and guide through practical experience. We proudly deliver integrated visual-art and history programs to schools in the Simcoe, Durham, York Region and Trillium Lakelands district school boards. We serve over 1,600 students annually through the delivery of 10 educational programs. We serve over 600 children and youth annually through the delivery of our community programs. Our community programs include Baby Art Crawl, Steelies Art Club, Family Fun, day camps, and an annual high school art exhibition.
Tickets are $50 for general and $75 for VIP.
VIP ticket holders will receive a password to enter the jail cells for a unique experience. Hear stories of prohibition, bootlegging, and Stephen Leacock from Fred Addis, former Curator at the Leacock House. Brewery Bay Food Co will be providing exclusive food for the VIPS. There are only 40 VIP tickets, so you better act fast to buy your tickets! 

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Lunch and Learn: Arthur Shilling Self-Portraits

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us to learn about the life and times of Artist Arthur Shilling and try your hand at oil pastel self-portraits inspired by his work.

Lunch & Learn is a monthly series of talks.  Come and learn with us, this is a fun and casual program with the promise of a few lighthearted moments and a great lunch. Beginners welcome! 
Space is limited, please register early.
Lunch will be catered and include a sandwich, salad, dessert. Please specify if a vegetarian meal is required. Lunch is prepared off-site; we cannot guarantee this is a nut or gluten-free facility. 
Dates: Wednesday October 7, 12pm-2pm
Time: 12pm-2pm
Cost: MEMBERS = $20 GENERAL = $25
Registration: Registration is required. Please call or come into OMAH to register for this course today! 705-326-2159

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Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards 


June 16, 2020 (Orillia and area) – Following on the success of last year’s first combined arts and heritage awards night, the Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) and Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) are already planning the second annual Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards. On November 25, 2020, the two organizations will come together once again to celebrate the best and brightest from the sector, either virtually or in person.


Members from both organizations have been working behind the scenes on the logistics and are excited to announce this year’s 2020 award categories:


  • Education in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Emerging Artist
  • Heritage: Restoration, Renovation and Publication
  • Event in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Qennefer Browne Achievement Award


Education in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award looks to recognize an educator, not necessarily a teacher by profession, whose knowledge and teaching skills inspire others to pursue their interest in the arts and heritage. 


Emerging Artist Award recognizes an individual of any age who is in the early years (under five years) of launching a career in the arts. Nominees can be pursuing any genre of art including, but not limited to, visual arts, performance arts, literary arts and many more.


Heritage: Restoration, Renovation and Publication Award recognizes an individual or group who brought to life regional history through a physical restoration or creation of a permanent public record.


Event in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award looks to honour an individual, organization, or corporation for their part in organizing a single or annual event that showcases the region’s creative talent or cultural heritage.


The Qennefer Browne Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of their community. Nominees may include artists, historians, volunteers, cultural organizations and donors. This award honours Qennefer Browne, who gave much of herself to support both arts and heritage organizations within the region.


To nominate an individual or group for one of these prestigious awards, visit the portal at This year, all nominations will be gathered through this online portal, eliminating the need for hard copies. There will be no hard copies of nominations accepted. To help with this process and encourage nominations, a nominating committee has been formed with representatives from across the sector and region. Members of this committee will be reaching out to the community and facilitating the process.


“We are excited to be able to honour our creatives and our heritage sector safely, in these pandemic times,” said nominating committee spokesperson Anna Proctor. “We feel that having all the nominations submitted virtually and potentially having a virtual awards ceremony will keep everyone safe while not missing out on a year of great achievements.”


The nomination deadline is October 2, 2020.


Together, OMAH and ODAC serve the communities of Rama, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn, and the City of Orillia. We are committed to recognizing the valuable contribution artists, historians, educators, event organizers and supporters make to the vibrancy of these communities and their citizens.


This year’s awards ceremony is presented by Accutrac Capital Solutions and the City of Orillia.




Media Inquiries: Anna Proctor at