Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Laura A
Windsor, Canada1 contribution
Amazing hosts
Nov. 2020 • Solo
Really pretty museum. The owners where very very very nice.
All the differents items, articles were perfectly displayed.
That doll house is just perfect!! All the details!!
Very nice place to be in. Even if you are not a fan of Anne of Gables, this place is really interesting.
Written October 10, 2021
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Shelley E
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Excellent!
Jul. 2021
I felt like I was able to be in the world of L.M. Montgomery. Her struggles, her successes and was amazed that I was able to stand in the very place the she ate her meals with her family! This museum has to remain --- the quantity and quality of the pieces are incredible and the curator Linda is so knowledgeable about every single piece! Her stories are charming and fascinating. It was a real piece of history.
Written July 24, 2021
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THStyles
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Worth a special trip to Bala!
Nov. 2020
Jack & Linda's museum brings the world of Anne & LM Montgomery to life. For anyone who loves LM Montgomery's books, or the movie adaptations you will find this museum a dream come true. Jack & Linda can easily move through conversations on any of LM Montgomery's writings, as well as her life. Their charm and sprinkling of book references will delight those who know the books and characters. They opened the museum for my sister, daughter and myself on a rainy, cold November and once we were inside it was like we had stepped into a different world. Jack & Linda fed off each other's enthusiasm in making history come to life. They connected real world events to LM's writings that I had never noticed before. Jack charmed us with playing piano pieces from the first Anne of Green Gables silent moving picture. Linda reenacted Anne's baking scenes with my daughter pretending to be Marilla while my daughter was Anne. We just had such an incredible time. I would have loved to stay in the area for a couple nights to really soak in everything they have there, and talk with Linda and Jack. You can tell they have really dedicated their life to preserving this incredible part of Canadian history.

Also should note that the gift shop is INCREDIBLE :) I loved it. could have spent hours just in that. I really liked that they had a mix of new and used gift items - everythign related to LM Montgomery and the world's she created. They sell all the books news, but also have a collection of all the used books - which was great because there were a few I was missing! Same with costumes and doll clothes - they had a mix of brand new items and also gently used items for those wanting to be more economical.....my penny pinching heart just loved it :)
Written November 16, 2020
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Nancy
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
A fascinating museum, even if you are not an L.M. Montgomery fan!
Oct. 2020
Well, I am a Lucy Maud fan (my husband, not so much) and we both thoroughly enjoyed visiting this wonderful museum. I was stunned by the amazing collection of L.M. Montgomery and "Anne" memorabilia -- but, like another reviewer, I won't give away too many of the details, you have to see it for yourself! Each of the rooms is beautifully and meticulously furnished with furniture and items of the 1920s. Linda and Jack are a wealth of knowledge about everything in the museum and took us on a tour that was both imaginative and extremely informative. I thought I knew just about everything about L.M. Montgomery and her novels, but I learned so much more in that tour, including the customs and culture of the period. A real treat from start to finish, and not to mention that Linda and Jack are lovely people whose passion for their museum -- and the author that it celebrates -- is heartwarming! I will be back!
Written October 24, 2020
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Janet K
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
Amazing trip to Bala, Ontario’s Museum
Jul. 2020 • Couples
I have been a summer resident of the Bala area for more than 44 years. Today I had free time in Bala and stumbled upon the Bala Lucy M Montgomery Museum. I was totally delighted and enthralled with the photographs, displays, hospitality and knowledge of Linda and Jack Hutton who knew the history of Bala and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s summer visit to Bala in 1922. Don't miss this opportunity to know and experience more!
Written July 28, 2020
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Danielle
1 contribution
A Must-See for all Kindred Spirits!
Jul. 2020
My partner and I did not know what to expect when we happened to stumble across Bala's Museum on a weekend trip to Muskoka. Having been a long-time fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, we were intrigued and pleasantly surprised to find that they were accepting socially-distanced tours during quarantine--who knew this would be so much to our benefit! We made an appointment for two, and were transported back in time--first, to a 1900s-style kitchen where younger guests are encouraged to look through and put on baskets of clothes inspired by the characters from L.M. Montgomery's books and taught to cook as if from Marilla herself. Despite being in our mid-twenties, we found ourselves no less inspired by the endless "scope for imagination" in every room of the house, where Linda, the part house-owner, shared that L.M. Montgomery vacationed with her family in the early 1920's. After being acquainted with the story-book treasures of the kitchen, we were invited by Linda's husband, Jack, into a room across-the-hall that was no-less enchanting. The room was filled with Anne memorabilia and artifacts from the books and subsequent movies--it would be an injustice to summarize everything there is to see in the space, but it is safe to say gives any P.E.I museum a run for their money. To our surprise, upon showing us the original music score for the Anne of Green Gables silent movie, Jack sat down and played the score for us live on piano--we felt as if we were travelling strangers being invited in for tea by one of Anne's neighbours in P.E. Island.

Linda and Jack were so lovely throughout that both my partner and I commented, later, that it didn't feel like a museum at all but a meeting of kindred spirits on a happen-chance trip to a beloved historic site. The Bala Museum is a labour of love that is clear in every nook and cranny of the house--including the gift shop that brings the experience to a beautiful close, which is both reasonably-priced and a much-needed token of remembrance from the experience. We will be back; and Linda and Jack will stick with us for a long time--their love and passion for Anne is truly a rare gift. To borrow from L.M. Montgomery's "Jane of Lantern Hill," the Bala Museum "is simply jammed with magic...and magic houses are scarce." I would include more but for fear of giving away too much of the magic that is walking through the house for the first time yourself--there is something for all ages and is perfect for any Anne, or Canadian literature, lover who wants to experience a hidden gem in cottage country.
Written July 20, 2020
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Vicki P
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This museum is like no other
Jun. 2019 • Family
This museum is like no other; thanks to Linda and Jack, we were immersed in the world of Anne of Green Gables and learned so much about LMM's life. It's clear to see the loving care over so many years and such attention to detail that has gone into creating this wonderful and unforgettable experience for visitors. If you, or your child, loves "Anne", you mustn't miss Bala's Museum.
Written June 12, 2019
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Kazmet62
Guelph, Canada28 contributions
Very interesting little place
Jul. 2018
We were doing a ‘round the lake’ trip of Muskoka and stopped at Bala looking for a bite to eat. We didn’t find that, but decided to take a look at the Anne of Green Gables Museum signed off the road.
The house is tiny, but we spent a good 2 1/2 hours there! It is run by people with a passion. I was travelling with relatives from the UK and none of us had a strong knowledge of the Anne stories, or the author, but by the end of the visit we really felt as if we had learned a lot. It was all done in a fun hands-on way too. Jack played the piano for us, and was delighted to have a group of oldies who knew the words to the songs and could sing along! The ladies were encouraged to do a bit of play acting, which I was fine with as I teach little ones.
At $5 a head, it was incredible value for money.
The only suggestion I would add is for them to expand and create a tea room. That would have been the icing on the cake.
Written July 15, 2018
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Jean
Toronto, Canada94 contributions
Cultural highlight of a trip to Bala..a charming surprise!
Oct. 2017 • Couples
L.M.Montgomery was the author of 22 novels including the well-known Anne of Green Gables. She stayed in a tourist home in Bala for 2 weeks during 1922 and was so taken with this lovely area of Muskoka that she wrote The Blue Castle, her only novel set outside PEI. I was totally charmed by this quaint historic home, lovingly furnished with period details and memorabilia of Montgomery and of her heroine, Anne. Jack and Linda and their son have lovingly created a beautiful monument to this author's work. Highly recommended as a trip on its own or as part of the annual Cranberry Festival.
Written October 15, 2017
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Giannifox
Gatineau, Canada192 contributions
Two very interesting people
Aug. 2017 • Friends
I visited this place with a group of friends. We were welcomed at the door by the two owners of the place. Then the group was split into two rooms. The first room my group visited was the kitchen, where the lady owner talked about the episodes when Anne tried cooking, and actually showed us period cooking implements. Then, my group went to the living-room, where the gentleman played the piano, including music for silent movies.

If there's one slight criticism, it's that the gentleman repeated the same information about Anne as his wife. Nevertheless, high praise.
Written August 20, 2017
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