Frequently Asked Questions

Can I donate an object to the museum?


We would love for you to contact us to arrange a meeting regarding your potential donation. After we arrange a meeting, the object will be brought to the museum, where we will fill out a Temporary Custody Receipt and complete a Source-Donor Questionnaire. Using this information, the Artifact Oversight Committee will decide whether to recommend the object to be accepted by the Gananoque Town Council. Remember: donations which are brought to the museum without having first arranged a meeting will NOT be accepted.




How long does it take to view the museum?


The average visitor spends about 45 minutes in the museum. However, if you would like to watch our 30 minute Bolt Castle video, and take your time reading the exhibit pannels, we would recommend a 2 hour visit.




What is the cost of admission?


Admission to our museum is by donation. This means there is no set fee, and you pay whatever you are able to. We appreciate your donations, as they allow us to continue providing quality experiences to visitors and Gananoque residents alike!




Do I have to pay sales tax on gift shop items?


Nope! As the 1000 Islands History Museum is a registered charity, we do not need to add sales tax onto our gift shop prices. The price you see is the price you pay!




When is the museum open?


July 1 - October 31st Open 6 days a week (Tuesday - Sunday) 10am - 4pm November 1st - May 15th Open 5 days a week (Tuesday - Saturday) 10am - 3pm




Is our museum a part of the Thousand Islands Boat Museum?


While we are next door neighbours, our museum is completely separate from the Boat Museum. Founded in 1995, our museum tells the story of Gananoque's varied history, from glaciers and muskies to pirates and picnickers. Our admission is by donation, and is separate from the entry fee at the Boat Museum.




Does our museum rent rooms?


Yes! We rent our 2nd floor rotunda room for events and meetings. Prices depend on a variety of factors - contact us for details.




Does the museum issue official tax receipts for charitable donations?


Yes, the museum is a registered Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and issues tax receipts for charitable donations.





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