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. Light Refreshments after the talk.
We encourage you to get involved as a volunteer and 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).
Donations to your island Museum always welcome! (donations are tax-deductible)