The Museum remains closed due to the pandemic.
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.
Museum Continues to Be Closed
We are sorry to report that the Neilson Store Museum will not be opening on May 24th weekend this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns about our ability to monitor visitors safely, we are postponing the re-opening for the 2021 summer season. It is the hope of the Board of Directors to re-open on Canada Day weekend this year. Fingers crossed! Stayed tuned.
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, David Fleming, Carol Glenn,
Warren Kilpatrick, Bonnie Livingstone, Karen Miller, Janet Scott and Thomas Sylvester
Save the date – Saturday, 17 August for the Wooly Bully Races
If we are unable to go “live” with the races in August,then we will be going virtual. You can sign up now. For info – https://krra.org/events/wooly-bully-races-5k10k/
We look forward to greeting you, your family and friends later this summer.
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: