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The Museum of Ontario Archaeology welcomes visitors back at a reduced capacity. We are currently offering pre-booked guided tours of the museum. All visitors must pre-book tours at least 24 hours in advance.

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology recognizes the diversity of our visitors, and is committed to providing an inclusive museum experience for all visitors. The Museum offers a variety of services to support access to our resources, programs, and collections. Our staff are available via phone at 519-473-1360 or email at to help you plan your visit.

  • Self-guided tour brochures are available in English, Large Print English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Simple and Traditional Chinese, and Swedish at the front desk.
  • An MP3 Descriptive Audio Tour of the Permanent Galleries is available in English.
  • The Museum and washrooms are mobility accessible through the Sustainable Archaeology Entrance. Paved accessible parking is available.
  • Support Persons and Attendants supporting persons with disabilities receive free admission.
  • The grounds of the outdoor Lawson Site are laid with wood chips and pose difficulties for some visitors to travel across.
  • Guide dogs and service dogs are welcome in all public-facing areas of the museum.

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.