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About the Museum

Museum of Ontario Archaeology Main Entrance in Summer

Discover the history of archaeology and rich heritage of Southwestern Ontario. Featuring over 12,000 years of Ontario’s history, the Museum also cares for the Canadian heritage Site of the Lawson Village adjacent to the Museum.

Our Goals

Our Values

Visiting the Museum

A visit to the Museum of Ontario Archaeology will take you back in time 500 years ago as you explore the Lawson Site and the collection of southwestern Ontario’s archaeological discoveries. A museum tour is the perfect way to experience the history of Ontario.

Enter the Museum and you will be greeted by friendly Museum staff who will introduce you to the galleries and answer your questions. Take a self-guided tour through 12,000 years of history of First Nations peoples using archaeological artifacts that help uncover the evolving technologies and culture over thousands of years. The feature gallery, located at the back of the museum, is a “can’t-miss” stop featuring temporary and travelling exhibits that change throughout the year.

Head outdoors to the Lawson Site located next to the Museum. As you enter the Palisade and wind around the maze, you will discover a reconstructed longhouse built alongside the Medicine Wheel garden. Finish your walk outdoors with a hike through the forest covering some un-excavated areas of the site.

Annual Reports

The Annual Report describes Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s activities in the past fiscal year. Highlights include exhibits, special events, educational programming, Sustainable Archaeology initiatives, and volunteer participation.

Learn about what happens behind the scenes at the MOA:

Download the 2022-2023 Annual Report

Download the 2021-2022 Annual Report

Download the 2020-2021 Annual Report

Download the 2019-2020 Annual Report

Download the  2018-2019 Annual Report and the 2019 Audited Financial Statements

Download the  2017-2018 Annual Report and the 2018 Audited Financial Statements

Download the  2016-2017 Annual Report and the 2017 Audited Financial Statements

Download the  2015-2016 Annual Report and the 2016 Audited Finanical Statements

View the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan



What would you consider as the date when the archaelology museum was founded?

Heather Hatch

The museum’s earliest incarnation dates to 1933. You can read about the history of the museum on our About Us page.