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Chain Reaction Machine Challenge

We have a museum mission for you, should you choose to accept it. Join your fellow Mac House engineers to complete a task by building a chain reaction machine together (also known as Rube Goldberg machine). You’ll be given 1 task (do you have to ring a bell; pull a table cloth off a table; who knows) and an assortment of building materials to accomplish it. Use these materials in creative and silly ways in order to complete your task; send a ball down a ramp to knock down a row of dominoes that will set a sleigh in motion and so. Think outside the box and imagine the possibilities.

If you aren’t sure what a chain reaction machine is check out this epic ice cream serving chain reaction machine out online!

Time: 1:30pm

Cost: $3 admission applies

Recommended for ages 6+

No pre-registration required.


Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Archives hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm* & 1 – 4pm

*closed from 12 –  1pm 

Macpherson House & Park hours

Tuesday – Thursday, 1 – 4pm in July & August

Holiday Hours 2024

June 29 – July 1: Closed (Canada Day Weekend)
July 4: Closed (only Macpherson House open)
July 5: 10am – 12pm (staff professional development)
August 3 – 5: Closed (Civic Holiday Weekend)
August 31 – September  2: Closed (Labour Day Weekend)

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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Labour Day Weekend Hours

Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
Have a great long weekend!