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Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village

The Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village has been bringing local history to life since 1984. This picturesque museum invites visitors to imagine what life was like 150 years ago back when Minden was a rough and tumble logging town.
The Heritage Village is made up of five historic buildings, moved here to preserve and celebrate Minden’s history. Come and explore Bowron House, a log cabin from the 1860s with a working woodstove, practice your spelling at Stanhope Schoolhouse from 1898 or view exhibits in the Stirling Bank building. Costumed interpreters run daily activities from June – August and the museum is open with displays and self-guided activities from May Victoria Day long weekend to October Thanksgiving weekend.

Visitor Information

The Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village is part of the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. Make sure to visit Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Nature’s Place and Minden Hills Branch of Haliburton County Public Library as well.

176 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0

Admission is by donation and on-site parking is free

Tuesday           10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday     10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday        10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday              10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday         10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday and Monday closed

Open season: May Victoria Day weekend to October Thanksgiving weekend

Annual Events

Saturday May 16 2020:
Victoria Day Tea & Picnic

Party like its 1890! Come to the Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village for Tea, crafts and Victorian games. Bring a picnic for a chance to win ‘Best Picnic’ trophy.

Time: Activities run from 10 AM – 3 PM.
Two seatings for tea in Bowron House at 11 AM and 1 PM, (first come first served).
Admission by donation. Suggested donation $5 for tea.

Wednesday July 1 2020
Canada Day at the Cultural Centre

Come to the Cultural Centre to enjoy free Kawartha Dairy ice cream and traditional carnival games! Great family fun.

Admission by donation


Saturday October 31 2020
Trick or Treat at the museum!

Come to the Bowron House from 12 PM – 6 PM for treats. The 1860s log home will be all decked out for Halloween.

Free Event


Saturday April 11 2020
Mini Motto Sampler Embroidery Workshop

Get inspired by Victorian Motto Samplers at the museum and make your own modern version. Victorians loved making embroidered phrases to display in their homes. Make a mini one with words that inspire you! Play with embroidery, fonts, lettering and composition.

Time & Date: drop in 10 AM – 3 PM, Saturday April 11

Location: Welch Room, Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Admission by donation

July & August Drop in Program:
Wednesday Weeding: Gardening at the museum

Looking to gain skills, share gardening tips or get inspired to grow your own veggie patch? Drop in on Wednesday mornings to help care for the heritage garden at the museum. A large portion of produce from the garden is donated to the Minden Food Bank.

Date: Every Wednesday morning in July & August:
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: drop in 10 AM – 1 PM
Admission by donation

July & August Drop in Program:
Thursday Baking: Historic cooking demos at the museum

See historic recipes brought to life in our 1860s kitchen with an original wood fire oven. A different recipe each week. Check out our Facebook page to see what’s coming up!

Date: Every Thursday afternoon in July and August:
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 12, 19, 27

Time: drop in 1 PM – 3 PM
Admission by donation

July & August Drop in Program:
Saturday Stitching: Learn Embroidery 1 stitch at a time!

Each week we will introduce a new stitch with a mini project. No previous experience necessary. Know all the stitches already? Find new and creative ways to use them! Feel free to bring your favourite tools or current projects along.

Date: Every Saturday morning in July and August:
July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: drop in 10 AM – 1 PM
Admission by donation

Learn About Minden’s History

The Founding of Minden is a 7 minute video about Minden’s history, produced in 2014 with the support of the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
If you are interested in researching the collections, please email museum@mindenhills.ca to make an appointment.

Interested in donating an artefact?

Thank you for your interest in supporting the museum through donation. Every donation is reviewed by the museum advisory committee to ensure suitability and sustainability criteria are met. The museum collects items that meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Dates from the mid-1800s to 1918
  • Linked to Minden’s history or surrounding local area
  • Has a known provenance (its origin and who it belonged to)

If you are interested in donating an object that meets the above three criteria, please email a photograph of the object to museum@mindenhills.ca.

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