Closed for this season due to COVID-19

We have had a number of inquiries about whether or not we are open to visitors. Unfortunately, we will not be opening to the public this season. 

COVID-19 has affected all of us differently for sure, but our Board, after weighing all factors, made the decision to remain closed. 

During this time, we are taking the opportunity to repair, clean and refresh many of our exhibits while also installing some new exhibits.  These are things we would not normally be able to do when we have visitors. As well, we are in the process of digitizing our complete collection so that it will be accessible and searchable on our website.

Visit this website for virtual exhibits, interactive displays and fundraisers. 

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New submissions for the Garden of Strength and Hope!

Updated album, so inspiring…

Click the Full Screen icon (2nd from right) to make the album larger


People are having some fun painting some rocks for the Garden of Strength and Hope! Since it might be a while before we can get together to add our rocks, get your photos in for the album of your creations so that people can enjoy them.


Take a photo, send it to info@mattawamuseum.ca, include the name of the artist, and we will be pleased to add another page to the album.

The challenge is out there!

Behind the Scenes by Alex Guscott …

At the start of the week, I input some more cards into Past Perfect. Since Mia and Mariah started helping me input catalogue cards, I have noticed some great progress.


On a more creative note, I painted a rock for our upcoming community rock garden. If you have time or want a fun activity you can participate. Just make sure your rock includes this year’s date and a clear sealant for after it has been painted. I wasn’t sure what to paint, but that was part of the fun. My picture is definitely not geographically correct but I think it turned out decent.

For the rock garden…

Organizing cabinets…

One of our big tasks is taking inventory of our museum collection. I helped install additional shelving in our lower level storage area to help organize things a bit better. In the picture, you can see some of the items we have located. For each cupboard there is an inventory sheet and every item with an accession number is recorded. Then each item is photographed. The pictures will be entered into the Past Perfect system so we will have a more complete description of the artifacts.


Moreover, we set up a table for people to come and pick up their masks. Thank you for all of the orders so far! We are still taking orders for masks and we are now offering t-shirts like the ones we are wearing in the picture below with the Mattawa Museum logo or with the “I ♥ Mattawa” design. Contact us for more information or stay tuned to this website.

Masked troubadours ???

Furthermore, we brainstormed some interactive content to post on our museum’s social media accounts and website.

We created a Mattawa crossword that you can find on this website and the Mattawa Museum 2020 FaceBook page . Some of the words hint at future online exhibits. Maybe you can guess what they will be.

How well do you know Mattawa & things related?

As well, we posted a mystery item on our Facebook page for you to guess. We will give you the answer in a few days, so check it out and let us know your answer. We will post a mystery item weekly so there will be more to come.


Refreshing…

We also found some old cookbooks with some interesting recipes we think you may want to try. This week we posted a recipe for Aunt Susan’s Lemonade which I am going to make (I will let you know how it went).


While we are remaining closed for the remainder of the season, we hope you appreciate our efforts to engage you through our weekly blog posts, social media posts, new interactive content, online exhibits, and future projects.


As always, we thank you for your support.

Behind the Scenes by Mia Skelling …

This week we spent a lot of time finishing a bunch of little projects.


We continued painting the front door and it’s nearly done. All that’s left is a second coat on the outside. I believe it will look very welcoming to the public once it’s finished.

What do you think of the chosen colour?

We also did a few mini “scavenger hunts” to try and find items listed on the cards so we can take pictures of them and document them in Past Perfect. This will aide anyone who is attempting to find an artifact in future with their search.


We have also begun organizing and cleaning the cupboards downstairs. Along with that, we have been making a list of all accessioned items and keeping tabs on where to find them after we come across their cards.


Also, we have begun our “I ♥ Mattawa” masks fundraiser for the museum. We are selling them for 10$ each and they come in red, black, white and blue. If you are interested, please contact us!

Place your order now…

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for next week to hear more from Alex on what she’s been up to!