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.


Please take a virtual tour of the Neilson Store Museum and the Weasel & Easel. This wizardry will let you stroll around the Museum in your browser with the click of a button, all from the comfort of your home. Explore the space, read the points of interest and look forward to a sojourn to our Island in person, post-Covid. Open the Virtual Tour https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Rugbi5Mt2Mw.

We continue to receive artifacts for our collection. If you discover family collectables that you think are valuable and worthwhile documenting, then please consider sharing your family treasures and heirlooms with us and your fellow Islanders. We are accepting artifacts as donations to the Museum, or on a “lending” basis that will be returned to you, after using in our displays. We have books that outline the history of Amherst Island that we will lend out, 1857 Amherst Island maps for sale, as well as a “Birds of Amherst Island” poster and “Stone Walls of Amherst Island” booklets for sale. Simply contact one of the Museum Board members:

Anders Bennick President, Bruce Burnett,  Peter Large, Isla Viscount, Karen Miller, Warren Kilpatrick, and Thomas Sylvester. The Museum thanks Bonnie Livingstone and Carol Glenn for their many years of stellar service on the Board.

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)

Some recent additions to the Amherst Island History:

1935 Assessment Text for Distribution

1935 Assessment Roll Township of Amherst Island

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