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The Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum

The Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum is located in the historic CN Rail Station, on Owen Sound’s harbourfront. It was established in 1978 by a volunteer group of history enthusiasts who wanted to preserve and expand upon Owen Sound's history as a thriving port. It preserves the area's marine and rail transportation history.

Housed in a former Canadian National Railway Station, the museum features artifacts, scale models, archival photos and interactive stations. It also showcases exquisite ship models made by skilled artisans, along with CNR and CPR memorabilia. Each season, it hosts temporary special exhibits. The former CN station is now listed on the city's Heritage Register.

The building is wheelchair accessible and has free parking beside the beautifully landscaped walkway along the harbour. School tours and group rates can be arranged. Admission is by donation. The building also houses the offices of the Owen Sound Tourism Department, making information about the city available to residents and visitors.

Ask to see the working model railroad, or if you’re there at 12 or 5 p.m. enjoy the sound of the historic Kennedy Foundry Whistle.

The Museum is located at 155 1st Avenue West.

For more information, see the museum and City of Owen Sound web sites.

 
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