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Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada
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"if there were an award for the best small-town museum in Canada, this would surely be a candidate It's crammed with artifacts from Great Lakes shipping, and has insightful commentary, plus plenty of hands on displays" - Leslie Papp - Toronto Star
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"One of the most interesting and friendly small-town museums in Canada" Harvey Currell -Toronto Sun
Port Dover Museum


   Discover Port Dover’s unique commercial fishing heritage and how simple machines continue to help make fishermen’s lives easier today. Through hands-on activities, students will explore the museum to investigate simple machines and types of movement. ...
   Explore the history of Port Dover and discover how Lake Erie has shaped the community during this hands-on program. Students will gather evidence through map reading, examining reproduction photos and artifact handling.

Grades: 3
Duration: 120 minut...
   Be an environmental scientist for the day! Investigate and analyze the impact human activities and invasive species have on Lake Erie. Working in groups, students will use both real and reproduction specimen samples and artifacts to research Lake Erie’s...

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 4:30.

Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays
12:00 to 4:00.

Extended hours in
July and August.
The Port Dover Harbour Museum
The Port Dover Harbour Museum is partially housed in an original fisherman's net shanty. This section is dedicated to the history of Port Dover's commercial fishing industry, which continues to be an important part of local life.

Permanent Galleries present exhibits on the days of commercial sail as well as Lake Erie shipwrecks, ship building, Long Point, rum running, and other aspects of lakeside life in this unique community.

Outdoor Attractions include the 1932 fishtug Almidart, a 1912 lake-freighter wheelhouse, and access to the river along our picturesque wooden dock. Since 2002, the museum has been the home to a major collection of artifacts from the 1852 wreck of the Steamer Atlantic near Long Point.