Ron Morel Memorial Museum

Ron Morel Memorial Museum, Kapuskasing: Hours, Address, Ron Morel Memorial Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Ron Morel Memorial Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Ron Morel Memorial Museum is a SUMMER SEASONAL museum only. It is CLOSED DURING THE FALL, WINTER and SPRING. It is housed in locomotive #5107 and was founded in 1971 by the late Ron Morel Sr. whose vision was to showcase two of his passions -local history and trains. The museum has something for everyone: •Seasonal exhibits highlighting Kapuskasing history topics •Archival photographs and artifacts •Permanent exhibit on the Internment/Prisoner of War Camp of World War I •Railway memorabilia •Model train display •Sculptures by the late Maurice Gaudreault •Historic Kapuskasing Walking Tour booklet •Gift shop ; Open early June to early-September. Hours of Operation: 9:30am - 4:30pm, daily (including weekends). Visitors can make a donation to support the museum, if they wish.
Suggested duration
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Rachelle R
2 contributions
Day at the museum
Aug. 2018 • Family
This was a great afternoon with my daughter and grandson.A great way to learn about the local history.There is also an incredibly nice display of a local artist's work in a room at the back of the train.Very impressive.Every wagon of the train has a different story.
Written October 10, 2018
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Thank you for visiting! We hope you come back next year!
Written October 11, 2018
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k0zl0vic
Kapuskasing, Canada3 contributions
Kapuskasing History
Jun. 2018
This museum provides an excellent view into the past of Kapuskasing and area. I have been here several times through the years. Still fascinates me!
Written June 21, 2018
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Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoy the museum, and that you visit often! Kapuskasing has a rich history and we present new exhibits every year, so when you visit often, you'll see new and interesting things.
Written June 22, 2018
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johearn
Tillsonburg, Canada1 contribution
Gem In The North
Jun. 2018 • Couples
Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the Ron Morel Memorial Museum in Kapuskasing. Really worthwhile. The sculptures of days gone by were incredible. Have to see them again. The history of the pulp industry in Kap was very interesting. The mini train display was better than anything I've seen before. The staff were so helpful and just enhanced the experience. Highly recommend....good for all ages !!!
Written June 5, 2018
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We're so glad you had a great time! And we enjoyed sharing Kapuskasing history with you!
Written June 6, 2018
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Lubomyr
Kingston, Ontario25 contributions
Internment History Still Little Known
Apr. 2017 • Solo
Few people know that the town of Kapuskasing began as an internment camp during the First World War, when thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans were rounded up as "enemy aliens" and transported to 24 camps across the country, one of them at Kapuskasing. This small museum now has a very impressive collection of internee artefacts and photographs. The camp (around which the experimental farm was built) lasted from 14 December 1914 until 24 February 1920, the last internment camp to be closed (with many of its final residents being deported). All of this happened under the authority of the War Measures Act that would be used against Japanese, Italian and German Canadians in the Second World War and even some Quebecois in 1970. Today there is a plaque and statue (by John Boxtel) recalling the internment operations at the Kapuskasing Internee Cemetery. Worth seeing to learn about a still little known episode in Canada's history.
Written December 22, 2017
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The Ron Morel Memorial Museum has an extensive permanent display on the Kapuskasing Internment/Prisoner of War Camp of World War I. It features an explanation of why internment happened, many photographs of life in the camp and artwork done by the internees/prisoners. The Internment/Prisoner of War cemetery is just a few kilometres from the museum and is easily accessible. It was recently renovated with a grant from the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.
Written June 6, 2018
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Dana M
20 contributions
Fun Visit
Sep. 2017 • Family
We had a lot of fun in here learning about the local history and looking at the train memorabilia. The sculpture exhibit in the main building was really incredible! Worth the detour.
Written October 15, 2017
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for stopping in!
Written October 17, 2017
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Samdibo
Cornwall, Canada141 contributions
A great mix of history and entertainment
Aug. 2017 • Family
The museum is in an actual train. For a non-train enthusiast or someone who doesn't care for history, it may be a little boring. My history living family and train loving 4 yr old could have stayed there all day. There are a couple model trains (the smaller one wasn't working when we were there) and loads of actual equipment from the various eras. There was also a large set up of clay models with story boards telling the history of the area. Outside is even a wooden train play structure. The woman running the gift shop was super friendly and very patient with my 3 excitable children.
Written August 25, 2017
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We're glad your family enjoyed visiting, and we're sorry the little train wasn't working: it's very temperamental! I only remember lovely, excited children!
Written August 28, 2017
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MississaugaVoyageurs
Mississauga, Canada54 contributions
Fun Trip through time
Aug. 2017 • Couples
This museum not only tells the tale of the area but it also tells the tale of the northern railway. The kids will love the portion of the museum that is actual inside a couple of old train cars. The curator is fantastic and loves to give impromptu tours
Written August 22, 2017
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Thanks for your visit! I'm glad you liked the tour! It's always fun to interact with visitors!
Written August 24, 2017
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OnwardAdventure
Wisconsin52 contributions
What a gem!
Jul. 2017 • Family
This museum alone, and curator Julie Latimer are both excellent reasons for heading north from the Lake Superior trail. It is a jaunt up here, but well worth it. Julie has a passion for her job, she is happy to talk to people and tell you about the history of the area and the logging business. There is a wonderful exhibit by a local artist depicting early life - in midsized clay figures - they are so detailed and wonderful. The train is interesting and back in the back is Jennifer who will run the trail for you. The visitor information people were quite helpful. This is a wonderful place to stop.
Written July 16, 2017
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Thank you for your kind words and kind review! We all love our town of Kapuskasing, and enjoy sharing everything it has to offer! Thank you for stopping by!
Written July 17, 2017
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deoltoronto
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
Railway Museum
Jul. 2017 • Family
This takes you back in time when u visit this museum. Nicely preserved artifacts and history of railway going through this town and connecting east to west. A must visit if you stay here.
Written July 4, 2017
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit! We enjoyed sharing our town's history with you.
Written July 6, 2017
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susanmartyn2017
Cowichan Bay, Canada2 contributions
This far exceeded my expectations!
Jun. 2017 • Couples
This museum has something for everybody; history and artifacts, sculpture studio museum, and a great train exhibit with all the working pieces and sounds you'd expect. Julie Latimer, the Museum Curator is just fabulous as well as the students working there.
My father and his parents & siblings, although all now deceased are from Kap. I had very little information on them, but with Julie's help and expertise we've been able to track down the years they lived there, the house they lived in (which still exists) and the schools/church etc. Even after we left Kap, Julie has continued her search and has provided me with additional family info.
The cost is by donation only, so everybody can afford to go there. I think it's one of the most interesting things in town. I absolutely recommend it as a must see.
Written June 20, 2017
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I'm so glad you enjoyed both your visit AND the research results! We're very lucky to have found your family in our history books, and it adds to our town's rich history.
Written June 21, 2017
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