pow wow traditions
fur trades

The Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre contains a vast collection of photographs and artifacts related to the history of Fort Frances and the Rainy River District – in areas of natural resources, First Nations, exploration, settlement and people, industry, and cultural achievement.

The Museum’s Permanent Exhibit features how the land and water have shaped the community and region. As the source of all things for early First Nations communities, our natural history has since been charted by early explorers and mapmakers exploited by the fur trade barons, occupied and cleared by increasing waves of settlers, mined and logged for purposes of industrialization and prosperity, and now subject to environmental and conservation initiatives that bring us full circle – a renewed respect for the land, water and air that make northwestern Ontario living one to be envied and preserved.

tattoo exhibit

My Story, My Tattoo

From Wellington Country Museum & Archives, the “My Story, My Tattoo” Exhibit has made it’s way to the Fort Frances Museum. Immerse yourself in these important stories until July 6.

The new travelling exhibit from WCMA reveals that tattoos are living images that reveal important stories about residents, communities and the tattoo phenomenon. Participants in the travelling exhibit represent every walk of life – everyone from a cancer survivor to
teachers and their students, a firefighter and a farmer. All of the individuals were open and honest, and their stories and personalities are represented through this series of thought-provoking and colourful images. features 32 photographs of people and their amazing tattoos. It includes four audio stations, six videos and 30 text panels.

Digital Newspaper Archive

Looking for historical information? An obituary? Birth announcement? Other family history? The earliest newspapers in our collection can now be searched digitally using an on-site public computer.