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The Museum of Lennox & Addington is a community hub and a place to learn, be entertained and connect to the area.  

Get the most out of the museum

There are many ways to enjoy your time in the museum. Here are a few commonly asked questions that will help you better utilize all our resources.

Up until the early 1970’s the Museum was the County Gaol (jail) with over 125 years of housing the area’s most deviant. Crimes ranged from everything from theft and assault to vagrancy and foul language. But, criminals weren’t the only ones who ended up calling the goal home; the insane, the poor, woman of ill-regard and orphans also where housed here.

Absolutely! We like to think of ourselves as the first starting point when you are researching about anything in Lennox and Addington. Connect with our Archivist to see what information we may have by emailing or calling 613-354-3027. You can also learn more about the Archives and submit a Research Help form here

The Museum is equally a place of learning and fun so school programs that engage students are very important to us. These programs change seasonally based on exhibits that are currently on display. Check out our School Enrichment Programs page here for the most up-to-date list and program guide, as well as to submit a Request for a School Visit form.

In order to engage the entire community we offer a variety of programs, many of which are family friendly. The Museum Kids and Teen Takeover programs are specifically for children (ages 4-11) and teens (ages 12+). They are offered on the first Saturday from February-June and September-December. There are many P.A. Day Programs and other special events throughout the year that are family friendly as well, and will be noted in the description on our event page.

Our annual admission passes are $25/person and include admissions the Museum, with the exception of the MacPherson House and special event programming.

We get excited about our exhibits too! We’ll share them on the exhibit page as soon as they are confirmed. You can see what’s coming up here.

Macpherson House is open for tours and other programming in July and August.

We do not have an online gift shop but it’s still easy to purchase a book. Either visit the Museum in-person during regular Museum hours to make your purchase or call the Museum with your payment (if required, shipping and handling rates will apply). 

First, thank you, our Museum continues to grow and improve because of contributions from our amazing visitors. For archival donations, please email the Archivist at For Museum donations, please email the Supervisor/Curator at If preferred, you can also call the Museum at 613-354-3027 concerning donation inquiries. 

Our front entrance, reception, washrooms, program space and the majority of our exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible. 

Yes, but it is best to make an appointment to ensure the Archivist can have scheduled time to support you with your research. 

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.

What our visitors say

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!