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Special Projects

All monies donated to the Dorset Heritage Museum’s Special Projects Fund could be used for any of the special project ideas listed below.  Some of these projects are a work in progress, and some are a dream we want to fulfill.  When one is completed, we add new ideas.

All projects must be approved the Dorset Heritage Museum Committee and Algonquin Highlands Council. 

Building Extension   Completed!  Ready for your visit!

Outdoor Exhibits Farm equipment restoration. In progress, ongoing

First Nations Exhibit Enhancement
Update current display in stages, phase one area mapping complete. Diorama is complete.

New Signage
For our exhibits, to give a more professional, cohesive look throughout the museum. Completed. 

Educational Research
To provide research opportunities to be conducted specifically around the involvement and contribution of members of our First Nations.

Pioneer Memory Tour
Written as a guide it would provide detailed info about specific points of historical interest for the Dorset area. This guide would enable visitors and residents to plan their own leisurely walk, motor or boat tour to discover places, past and present that have historical significance.

Experiential Learning
To share the accomplishments, challenges, and hardships of pioneer living as well as providing updated information about historical events in the area. This goal would be achieved through:

  • Heritage Day (July 1st Saturday of the holiday weekend, annual)
  • Bread making, butter churning, jam making
  • Good Old School Days
  • Emergencies on ‘Pill Hill’, Dorset’s First Aid Post 1920
  • Trapping on the frontier
  • Memories of a steamship Captain… Iroquois, Mohawk Belle, Bigwin, or Maple Leaf

Historic Cemetery Visit
Talk with real settlers in authentic costume

Speak With A Tower Ranger
On the history of the Dorset Fire Tower

University Link Program
Research on a variety of subjects


Donations towards our Special Projects are deeply appreciated.

Please make cheques payable to:

The Dorset Heritage Museum
P.O. Box 111
Dorset, Ontario
P0A 1E0

Please make sure you have your name and return address included in the envelope along with your donation to ensure you receive a tax receipt.

Thank you!

The Dorset Heritage Museum gratefully acknowledges gifts to the Museum by the placement of donor names In Memory Of, and Financial Supporters .  As an example for the In Memory Of, the museum has been listed as a place to donate to by some individuals when their loved one passes.  You can also donate posthumously in order to have a name placed there. Financial Supporters is where we list all who support the museum and our programming.  A tax receipt is provided. These wonderful gestures are gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.

We also have a book in the reception area that lists all of our volunteers that have worked or contributed in some way to the museum over the years.

Dorset Heritage Museum Hours

Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* These operating hours are in effect from July until Thanksgiving. 

Contact Us

Dorset Heritage Museum 
1040 Main Street Dorset, Ontario  
P0A 1E0
Phone: 705.766.0323

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