The Museum of Ontario Archaeology
The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is devoted to the study, interpretation, and display of the human occupation of Southwestern Ontario over 13,000 years ago. Before the Museum received its name, it was formerly known as The Museum of Indian Archeology and Pioneer Life, London Museum of Archeology, and the Museum of Indian Archeology. The Museum is beside the Lawson Prehistoric Village, an archeological site since the 16th century A.D. Besides the Lawson Prehistoric Village, this Museum features park grounds and a collections repository.
The Museum of Ontario Archeology’s galleries displays a collection of archeological discoveries made in Ontario. Educational programs, summer camps, and events contribute to the Museum’s aim of encouraging every visitor to learn about archeology, the people, and the cultures that have shaped Ontario and Canada’s rich heritage. The Museum of Ontario Archeology offers permanent and temporary galleries, a classroom, a theater, a children’s recreational area, and tours of the site.
This Museum is home to over two million recovered artifacts from archeological sites throughout Ontario, lab space for analysis, and a massive library of archeological manuscripts and books. The Museum of Ontario Archeology is an Affiliated Research Institution of The University of Western Ontario. Four events are held throughout the year at the Museum:
- Snowsnake or Winter Festival on Family Day – February
- Wilfrid Jury Archeology Day – late July
- Annual Harvest Festival and Pow Wow – September
- Art& Craft Sale ft. traditional First Nation art and craft vendors – late November
Come and explore this Museum’s permanent, virtual, and traveling exhibitions, or visit the Quill Box Gift Shop for a selection of products by local First Nations artists, souvenirs, books, and clothing. The Museum of Ontario Archeology’s programs and tours are featured all year round and are designed to make archeology and culture fun for everyone.