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Museum Collections

We are so lucky to house both a museum and an archive here at the Museum of Lennox and Addington.

The Museum of Lennox and Addington houses both an archival and a museum collection  –  What’s the difference?

An archive is a collection of historical records and documents (like newspapers, photographs, diaries). A museum is an institution that cares for the collection of objects of scientific, artistic or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits and programs. 

The Museum of Lennox and Addington houses over 12,000 artifacts. The collection provides insights into everyday life from the late eighteenth through to present day and focuses particularly on telling the story of Lennox and Addington County.  The museum collection can be seen in many of the rotating exhibits displayed throughout the year on site. The collection is also accessible through the online database.

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Collections Spotlight

The museum has a vast collection that is enjoyed through rotating exhibits, programs, research and scholarship, and more recently through an active on-line presence whether- be it social media or the online database. 

We have started to cast a light on some items in our collection in an ever-changing feature called “Collection Spotlight”.

We hope you enjoy them!

Maggie’s Bonnet

This bonnet was worn by Margaret Lawson on her wedding day in 1889. Margaret (Maggie)was born in Adolphustown.

Mmmmmm Canned Peas

The Napanee Canning Company started in 1905 by Thomas Symington and W.A. Carson who would be the president of the canning company and the secretary-treasurer/manager respectively.

The Ponton Trial

Here’s a bit of scandalous L&A history – Did you know that being popular and handsome could get you out of jail?

To The Moon

Believe or not, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s are now historical and the museum is building a collection to reflect those decades.

Donating to the Collection

Did you know that museum artifacts don’t have to be “old” to be cool?  History making happens every day and it is often the little things and quiet events that mean the most to us.  YOUR museum wants to help hold those memories for our future to remember. 

Do you have some cool things hiding in your attic and basement?  We collect all kinds of L&A stories…maybe you just might have what we are looking for.

If you have a donation in mind, contact the curator to set up an appointment.

Research Help

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

Visit in person

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our museum objects please complete the form below. Our museum curator will advise you when it will be ready for you to view in person.

Hands-on object study

Psst…..our collection is kind of amazing…if you are knee deep in your research and need access to our objects – we can help you. Object studies are encouraged and available. Contact the Museum Curator at or fill out the form below.

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Plan My Visit


Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Macpherson House: Open for tours in the summer


Adults: $3
Children Under 12: Free


Annual Passes: $25
Annual pass covers general admission. Does not include special event programming and events.

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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!