Museum on the Boyne in Alliston

Ventured out on a day trip to Alliston for lunch and a visit to Museum on the Boyne. 

The museum building and site has gone through various incarnations over the years. 

It started as an agricultural exhibition hall. During the 1st world war it served as recruitment and training center. During the years following the Great War it served as a dance hall. Then once again in later years, it fulfilled a military purposes as a clothing mill. 

Soon after the the mill closed the site was established as a museum as it remains today. 

Upon entry to the museum we were greeted by one of the guides, she provided us with a description of the museums items and their significance to Alliston. Here’s a sample of the many items they’ve collected.

We saw one of the six chandeliers that once hung inside Allistons  Opera Hall. Each one weighed 200 Lbs, 6 feet wide and 8 feet in height. The once gas fired ornate chandeliers has 25 mantles with etched glass shades. 

Up high, at the museums 2nd level you’ll see a 27 foot long kayak. The kayak was presented to Sir Frederic Banting from the Inuit people as a thank you in support for better nutritional needs from the Canadian government. Add to your time in Alliston by visiting the Sir Frederic Bantings Homestead Heritage Park and learn about his discovery of insulin.

Just outside the museum you’ll see a steel cage. It’s actually one of four jail cells. They were down on the dirt floor basement at Allistons Town Hall. No lighting, ventilation or toilet facilities. Today we all hear some people say they’d like to go back to quieter, simpler times.  No thanks. 

Spend some time here at Riverdale Park.

Go see the Sir Frederic Bantings Homestead Heritage Park .

Or, if you have more time the Earl Rowe Provincial Park.

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