Neilson Store Museum Watercolour by Peter G. S. Large

Neilson Store Museum Watercolour by Peter G. S. Large

Opened in 2004, Amherst Island’s Neilson Store Museum highlights artifacts from Island families and Island history since its first settlement in 1789, when it was originally named Isle Tonti. Items in the collection include the MV Amherst Islander’s ship’s wheel, bell, and logs. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Museum itself is also an exhibit having once been owned by James S. Neilson, an island grain merchant who opened his first general store in 1873, with the store remaining in the Neilson family for more than one hundred years.




The Neilson Store is a volunteer-driven community museum that welcomes visitors interested in the history of Amherst Island. The Museum hosts Back Room talks of community interest, shares its space with the Weasel and Easel which offers fine art and crafts for sale, and hosts an Internet Cafe.


The Board of Directors of the Neilson Store Museum & Cultural Centrelook forward to providing more Back Room Talks in 2017: 

DrumgooleFriday June 16 2017 at 7:00 pm Matthew Maas – The History of Amherst Island, its Stone Walls and the Drumgoole Family

All welcome.  Free event.  A donation to the Museum is encouraged.

Light refreshments following the talk

We encourage you to get involved as a volunteer.

We are grateful for assistance with our talks, special exhibits and fund-raising events.

You can also become a Museum member and/or donor

(with a donation of $200 you will be recognized on our Donors’ Board at the Museum).

Just get in touch with our President, John Schutzbach at 613-389-3525

Donations to your island Museum always welcome! (donations are tax-deductible)


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