(C) Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives 2016
The idea of a museum came about after the Centennial Celebration of Aylmer in June 1972. A building that housed a former furniture business on East St. Aylmer, was purchased for $1000 and then donated to the Town of Aylmer for the purpose of a museum. Grants were secured under the direction of Wilfred “Ducky” Smith, a member of the museum volunteer board. The building was renovated using recycled products from other heritage sites under renovation or demolition.
It took almost 3 years to complete the renovations and to set up the business of a museum.
In November of 1977, The Aylmer & District Museum Association officially opened it’s doors.
In 1999, the museum separated from the Town of Aylmer to become a stand alone museum
In 2011, the museum Board of Directors voted to change the name of the Aylmer & District Museum Association to the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives to better reflect the changing nature and mandate of our community museum.
Today, we continue to preserve local artefacts and histories so they may continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
Wilfred “Ducky” Smith during the renovation of the new museum building at 14 East St., Aylmer.
Exhibits are created to showcase the extensive artefact collection. These exhibits will change up to 3 times per year.
During WWII, cement was scarce, so bricks were salvaged from a house demolition in Houghton county and used to construct this building at 14 East st. Aylmer. When the museum board began renovations, the original bricks were kept at the back and sides of the building. The windows were cemented over to protect any museum artifacts on display from harmful UV light.
Bricks were recovered from the Brown House (now IDA Pharmacy) to create the brick facade on the front of the museum.
Museum volunteers became expert scavengers. When it was heard that the owners of the Cullen house were going to tear down their portico, the museum board immediately offered to help in exchange for keeping the portico to use at the museum.
For security, iron bars were added to the exterior windows of the museum. These bars were originally used at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital shown at left.
The decorative iron grill work was salvaged from the Swiss Cottage in Aylmer, when the owners renovated the exterior. Some of the grillwork also graces the front of the Old Town Hall.
Even then interior details came from other buildings. The double doors leading to the gallery came from the offices of Doctors Homer McLay and McLay Miller. The walnut staircase came from the Yorke McConnell estate on Pine St.
Museum is open to the public March to November.
Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays 11 am - 4 pm
(June, July, and August
Access to Archives by appointment.
$10 fee to non-members
Public areas are fully accessible.
Parking is available across from museum courtesy of Duff’s Garage.