Huronia Museum would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Please see below for our holiday hours

Monday, December 21, 2020 to Wednesday, December 23, 2020 9AM – 4PM

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – CLOSED

Friday, December 25, 2020 – CLOSED

Due to the Provincial lockdown that begins at 12:01AM on December 26, Huronia Museum will be closed to the public. Please watch here for updates.

Group of Seven Look-a-Like Contest – School Edition

As most of you might remember, we ran a Group of Seven Look-a-Like Contest before Thanksgiving. We opened it to everyone, everywhere and it was a lot of fun. We got a fantastic response.

In fact, it was so much fun that we decided to run it a second time, but this time it was limited to local school kids. We sent the information to all of our local schools, inviting each teacher to take part. If they chose to participate their students had the whole month of December to create their Group of Seven copies and a winner was chosen in each class. We left how to choose the winner up to the teachers since they know their students best. Once the winners were picked the teachers forwarded their classroom champs picture to us so we could share them with everyone!

So without further ado…here they are!

Alanna – Grade 6 Mr. Ozerkevich, Huronia Centennial Elementary School NOT: Franz Johnston, On to Hudson’s Bay
Brooklyn – Grade 5 Ms. Leeman Coldwater Public School NOT – Northern Lake
Eden – Grade 5 Ms. Potts, Huronia Centennial Elementary School NOT – A J Casson, Winter on the Don
Emilia – Grade 6 Ms. Fox Wyevale Central Public School NOT – A J Casson The White Pine
Ethan – Grade 7 Mr. Schaap, Canadian Matyrs Catholic School NOT – A Y Jackson, Smart River, Alaska
Kenzie – JK Ms. Tofts / Ms. McInnis Hillsdale Elementary School NOT – Lawren Harris, Sunset Kempenfelt Bay
Kala – Grade 6 Ms. Morin Hillsdale Elementary School NOT Lawren Harris, Lake Superior


We noticed that during the lockdown and everything that has followed, one thing that people have turned to is culture.  As a museum this is something we support whole heartedly!  In fact we would like to encourage people to, not only embrace arts and culture, but to have fun with it.

One of Simcoe County’s best kept secrets is that Huronia Museum has a great Group of Seven display, and it is open to the public seven days a week. The spectacular Georgian Bay landscape drew members of Canada’s Group of Seven, to paint and sketch. Works by J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston and Arthur Lismer are represented in the collection of Huronia Museum.

We decided to advertise that fact by having our staff duplicate their favourite Group of Seven painting in our collection using canvasses from the dollar store and crayons.  The results were…interesting.  What did we learn?


So true, but we had a lot of fun making them.  Now we are challenging others to give it a try.  We want you to pick your favourite, or just one you like, Group of Seven painting and duplicate it.  If you have come, or are planning to come to the museum you can copy one of the paintings we have on display.  Or you can just find one that you like from any other source and copy that.

There are only 2 rules:

  1. It has to be a work by a member of the Group of Seven
  2. It has to be done using crayon!

Once your picture is complete just email a copy to along with the title of the piece you copied and your contact information.  You can also include a picture of the original if you are able.  All submissions will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

The contest will be running from September 1 to October 12 (Thanksgiving Monday) after which we will announce our winner.