Sault Ste Marie Museum Displays Eclectic Mix of The Soo's History

location_onSault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Sault Ste Marie Museum, located at 690 Queen Street E used to be a Post Office in 1902.

The steps were erected in memory of James Russell by Katherine Harry Russell in October 1996

A plaque outside serves as a reminder of Sault Ste Marie Internment Camp, where thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans we're rounded up as "enemy aliens" during 1914-1920.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

The gift shop has pins, magnets, books and more

The 1st floor houses the military collection and is currently undergoing a restoration (but still has a few pieces on display).

The RCAF Survival Food Packet contains candy, shortbread, coffee, and vitamin tablets.

Canadian WWII Military Patches

The Museum is hosting the 100th Anniversary Exhibition of The Rotary Club of Sault Ste Marie in the Durham Gallery.

Winter sunlight fills the airy room of the Rotary exhibit.

The Rotary Club hosted it's first meeting on June 20th, 1918 at the YMCA.

The Rotary Club has hosted ROTARYFEST and Community Days annually in July since 1922. It started as a fundraiser to purchase a car for a city nurse and now goes towards expenses associated with the care of children with disabilities.
The idea for SSM's Rotary Club came from Mr. Harry Hollinrake and Mr. EJ Best who had sat in on Rotary Club meetings in Toronto and the United States.
Paul Harris founded the first Rotary Club in 1905 in Chicago. He got the name due to member's hosting the meetings at their homes or offices in rotation. Initially created as a gathering for professionals who wanted to give back to the local community, today Rotary International supports a variety of global causes.
An informal gallery in the 1st floor stairwell area celebrates bands and musicians who hail from The Soo.

An early aerial photograph of Sault Ste Marie taken in 1958 by H. Oakman Peterborough.

Original 1902 Building Plans for the Post Office that became the Museum.

The 3rd floor houses the museum's sports memorabilia collection, like this collage of the Soo Jr. Greyhound Hockey Club N.O.H.A. Champions 1966-1967.

Soo Greyhounds uniform

Outdoor ice skates

Eliason Motor Toboggan - Model K-12

Rocco "Rocky" DiPietro played in 4 Grey Cup games and was on the winning team in 1986. He had a career total of 706 receptions for 9,762 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns.
The "Carlings Trophy" presented to Algoma Stock Car Club for the driver compiling the most points per year.

Fencing gear

The 49th Gunners basketball team chose their name because they practiced and played their games at the Armory on Pine St. The team evolved from Collegiate Wild Cats grads.

Tennis

Lacrosse

Local Sault Ste Marie Olympians include: Bruno Ochman - Welterweight Boxer Wayne Dustin - Cross Country Skier Kevin Scott - Speed Skating Jessica Tuomelo - Swimmer Jennifer Fratesi - Swimmer (Backstroke) Team Jacobs - Curling Mac Marcoux - Visually Impaired Alpine Skier
Take the stairs down (there is an elevator) to see the history wall with photos and info along the stairwell.
The 2nd floor houses the Discovery Gallery and Kids Zone with space for birthday parties and hands-on activities.

A classroom in the Discovery Gallery

Open the drawers to see various artifacts

The Skylight Gallery, located on the 2nd floor, is a wonderfully diverse exhibit and a must see part of the museum.
Enter the wigwam to see how it was crafted. This Ojibway dwelling was crafted by covering a frame (made of hardwood saplings tied with roots) with birchbark and placing reed mats on the floor. These simple dwellings were made in less than a day and could house 8 people.
This canoe was made by First Nation people on a reserve in Miniwaki, Quebec using traditional methods.

A small replica portion of a log cabin

A model of a sawmill explaining how the process worked.

Protective leg/foot gear work by loggers when taking down trees.

A mock General Store showing goods and items from 1930s

A recreation of a parlor from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Vintage Bathing Suits

Vintage swim caps and sunglasses

Ontario Winter Carnival was originally created by Henry Bullock as Bon Soo Winter Carnival (named by 10 year old Donald Norman) as a way to alleviate the drudgery of winter. The first carnival took place in 1964.

Learn more about the Sault Ste Marie Museum at: Saultmuseum.ca