A Guide to the Museums & Galleries in Goderich, ON

The beautiful town of Goderich was founded in 1827 by William Dunlop. It is currently the county seat of Huron County, a part of the Canadian province of Ontario. It was named after Frederick John Robinson who was the 1st Viscount Goderich and the British prime minister during the late 1820s. With its location along the shore of Lake Huron, this town enjoys splendid views, particularly during sunsets. But this isn't the only thing that draws visitors in. This town is also rich in culture and heritage, which is evident in the museums and galleries throughout the town. Be sure to visit these tourist attractions while staying at your Goderich inn.

Huron County Museum
110 North Street
Goderich, ON
(519) 524-2686
www.huroncounty.ca/museum/hcm.php 

The most famous museum in the area is the Huron County Museum. It offers permanent exhibits that tell the story of early settlement in this part of Ontario. In the history hall, you'll find old storefronts and a locomotive that will seem to transport you back in time. Other interesting facets of the museum include the Museum Founder Herbert Neill, military gallery, furniture gallery and agricultural displays. The museum also houses the county archives, which you can access through appointment.

Huron Historic Gaol
181 Victoria Street North
Goderich, ON
(519) 524-6971
www.huroncounty.ca/museum/hhg.php

Another world-renowned Goderich historic site is the Huron Historic Gaol, a unique building of octagonal shape that used to be the Huron County Jail from 1842 to 1972. After 1972, the inmates were moved to regional facilities. Apart from the jail, it also used to be the site of the County Courts, Council Chambers, and Gaol and House of Refuge. Today the site serves as a museum, depicting the lives of inmates during those years. It also serves as the pioneer model in humanitarian prison design, which was done by architect Thomas Young.

Marine Museum
230 Harbour Lane
Goderich, ON
(519) 524-2686
www.huroncounty.ca/museum/mm.php

This Goderich museum is nestled inside the wheel house of the SS Shelter Bay. It's a small museum that commemorates the lives of men and women who depended on the Lake Huron for their survival. When you visit this museum, you'll have a wonderful time observing the shipping activities taking place at the Goderich Harbor. There are also three public beaches where you can swim or simply pass the time. A children's playground and recreational areas are also featured within the premises of the museum.

Sky Harbour Gallery
110 North Street
Goderich, Ontario
(519) 524-2686
www.huroncounty.ca/museum/shg.php

Make your stay at a Goderich Bed and Breakfast even more worthwhile by visiting the Sky Harbor Gallery. This is where you'll discover the history of the Goderich airport ever since it was founded in 1938. The exhibits highlight the important contribution of the airport during World War II when it became Elementary Flying School No. 12. The diverse collection of artifacts in this gallery come from the contributions of different RCAF veterans.

The Reuben R. Sallows Gallery
52 Montreal Street
Goderich, ON
(519) 524-9261
www.sallowsgallery.ca

Located at the Goderich Public Library, this gallery features the extensive collection of photography artworks by Reuben Sallows, taken during his illustrious 60-year career. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m.