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Gain insight into the lives of Lennox and Addington County residents through our collection of photographs, letters, diaries, maps, newspapers, land records, government records and genealogical sources. Together these records tell the story of Lennox and Addington County’s people, businesses and government. Whether you’re looking to fill in your family tree or detail the history of your property, our collection from the late 18th century to the present can help.

Coming up blank with our online resources? Call or email to learn more about records available on-site. Don’t forget to search the Lennox and Addington County Library catalogue for books in our extensive archival library.

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How to Visit the Archives

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed daily 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Over the lunch hour, we encourage you to explore the Museum galleries!


Tel: 613-354-3027

Admission Fee

There is a standard admission fee of $3.00/person to access the Reading Room and to conduct research.

We strongly encourage booking an appointment with the Archivist in advance of your visit. This will allow the Archivist to pull relevant materials from the vault that will be ready for you. If you are travelling a distance, please call ahead to ensure the materials you require are accessible.

You can contact the Archivist by email at:


We offer a range of services from digital reproductions to photocopying archival records. For a complete list of services and fees, consult our Archives Fee Schedule.

Explore the Archives

Search online records from both the museum and archives collections in one place. Please call for more information about collection items not yet available online.

Collections Database

Search our database of archival records including photographs, maps, letters, diaries, and other textual records. Please call for more information about collection items not yet available online.

Local Newspapers

Search our digitized newspaper, The Napanee Express, from 1868 – 1910. Check back regularly for additional years and other local digitized newspapers as they become available.

Digital Collections and Indexes

Discover digital archival records, finding aids, and indexes to our earliest collections and photographs.

Government Records

Learn about the holdings for the County of Lennox and Addington and its municipalities from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Web Archives

Find archived web pages from county and municipal government sites, local heritage groups, community organizations and businesses from around Lennox and Addington.

Featured Archives

Fire Insurance Plans

Find our digital collection of fire insurance plans from towns and villages across Lennox and Addington County from 1876 – 1931.

Bell and Patterson Family Fonds

Recently donated is a collection of correspondence, diaries, land records, and photographs of the Bell-Patterson family.

Research Help

Tell us how to help with your research goals or about the records you wish to consult during an upcoming visit by filling out the form below.

Visit in person

We encourage you to request archival material in advance of your museum visit by completing the request below. Our staff Archivist will advise you when it will be ready for you to view in person.

Email material request

Have a specific question? Our Archivist will make every effort to complete research request submissions within three weeks of receipt. Please fill out the form below and indicate where we can be of assistance.

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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

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!