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Current Exhibits

Visit our Permanent Gallery to learn about the history of First Nations peoples in Ontario from 11,000 years ago to current times. Archaeological finds from the various time periods give clues to life in the past.

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The Story of Our “Grandfathers”: Our Original Medicines

 May 28th – August 25th 2014

A new exhibit is on display in our Feature gallery on Indigenous plants and medicines. Learn about the interconnections of plants, food, medicines, and spirituality.Journey through the First Nation story of the origin of plants and foods as you expand your knowledge of nature’s roots. This exhibit will feature many different indigenous plants to the Great Lakes region, how they were collected, their medicinal and practical uses. View our Press Release for further background information.

Watch this video on the Haudenosaunee creation story which accompanies the exhibit.

Past Exhibits

“What Archaeologists Do in the Winter”

January 6, 2014 – April 28, 2014

When excavating in the field gets too cold and frozen to dig, what do Canadian archaeologists do? Visit this exhibit to learn about lab work, artifact conservation, site reports, cataloguing, and more!
This exhibit also features selected artifacts from the recent excavation at the Fugitive Slave Chapel site at 275 Thames Street.

Postes et Telegraphes button
This button originates from the postal service in France. It’s a mystery how it ended up at the FSC site in London, Ontario.
Ceramic artifact
This Wallis Grimson & Co 1884 ceramic piece was one of few items found fully intact at the FSC site.
Many interesting 19th c./early 20th c. bottles were found in what may be small refuse pits on the site including this Vaseline bottle
Many interesting 19th c./early 20th c. bottles were found in what may be small refuse pits on the site including this Vaseline bottle
Winter Archaeology Exhibit



O’h ya’h ohdiwenagoh: Through the Voices of Beads

September 14 – November 10, 2013 in the Feature Gallery

Bead workers have played a vital role in preserving Iroquois beliefs over the centuries. This exhibit, from selections of the ROM collection and Iroquois beadwork artist Samuel Thomas reveals the meaning expressed in Iroquois beadwork and culture which still thrives today.
Additional details and media information: Press Release

Iroquois Bead Exhibit
Corn Husk display

Artifact handling

Artifact Re-boxing project

June – August, 2013 in the Feature Gallery

Visit the Feature Gallery to see Western University work study students and volunteers working on the Museum’s artifact re-boxing project. Our assistants prepare the Museum’s collections for transfer to the Sustainable Archaeology facility by removing any non-archival materials such as cardboard and paper bags and transferring them into inert and acid free archival materials.



Legacy of the Grand River Exhibit

March 4-April 30, 2013 in the Feature Gallery

Learn the story of the Grand River, and the significance of the region to the American Revolutionary Wars, the War of 1812, and the Industrial Revolution. Click here to view the poster: Legacy of Grand River