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Let’s Talk Rocks

Rocks and minerals surround us, not just on the ground but in items we use every day. These natural treasures can be found almost everywhere and are easy and fun to collect. Children will be shown some collected specimens from Ontario and other places around the world and given instruction on how to go about assembling their own collection. Some simple tests will be interactively shown to help identify minerals using their unique properties, like magnetism, color, streak, and hardness. Stick around after the talk to enjoy rock painting with museum staff. Please bring your own seating.

Time: 1:30pm

Cost: $3 admission applies

Everyone Welcome!

No pre-registration required.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. McLean Trott is a member of the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club and has been a geologist since 2005. He has looked for mineral deposits (and collected rocks) from around the world, including South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He is passionate about rocks and minerals and eager to share this passion about a wonderful hobby, which in some cases may turn out to be a long and enjoyable career.


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!