Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society


Date(s) - Jan 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2024
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Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society
Preserving History Since 1908

Our Story
The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society was created in 1908 to preserve and interpret the history of Northwestern Ontario through lectures, publications, the erection of monuments and plaques, and the preservation of documents.
Among the Society’s many accomplishments in its early years, was the publication of a long series of valuable historical reports and the construction of a monument to the original Fort William fur trading post at the foot of McTavish Street in Thunder Bay. It was unveiled in 1916 by our founding father, Peter McKellar.

Our Museum
By 1942, enough documents and artifacts had been collected to warrant the opening of a museum in the basement of the Brodie Street Library and, in 1972, the Museum moved to new quarters in a former registry office (located at 219 May Street South). Short of space for its growing operations, the Society undertook a major campaign in the mid-1990s to acquire and renovate a former police station and courthouse, which today is the home of the Thunder Bay Museum. Our major exhibit gallery opened in 1997.

Our Mandate
The Society’s mandate has always been to serve both the city and district of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, and to preserve the history of the entire region. Today an active, efficient organization has assumed responsibilities far beyond those undertaken by its founders. The Society operates as a museum, an archives, and a historical society, and offers a wide range of programs and services in each area. Feel free to contact us for further information about any of our programs, services, or memberships.

Our Vision
Through its exhibits, publications, collections, and programs, the Thunder Bay Museum will engage with the people of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario in a spirit of openness and universal access as well as trust, freedom of expression, and debate. Our motto, “Learning Though History,” reveals our fundamental commitment to education and a dedication to the idea of a community in which citizens enjoy equal opportunity to participate in public life, culture, and an exploration of our collective past.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thunder Bay Museum has many opportunities for skilled and talented people like you to become more engaged in civic life. Your valuable contribution of time and labour can help to further the mission of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society to serve both the  city and district of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, and to preserve the history of the entire region.

There are opportunities to volunteer in various departments including curatorial, education, administration, and fundraising.  Time commitments are flexible with hours between 9am and 5pm weekdays and some weekend  availability. A full list of volunteer opportunities can be found here:  At that site, use the dropdown under “Opportunities Available” to explore the various jobs at the Thunder Bay Museum.

Once your application is submitted the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. If you have any questions please contact Marcus Agombar by email:

You may also volunteer through the Volunteer Thunder Bay website, please complete the “Click to Volunteer” form below and your request will be forwarded to the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society. 

Volunteer Opportunities