The Muse is Reopening July 16th

by Marcus Jeffrey

Photograph of a white sign reading "Yes, we're OPEN" in black text.


We can’t wait to welcome you back!


We are pleased to announce that the Lake of the Woods Museum and Douglas Family Art Centre will reopen to the public on Friday, July 16, 2021. Both facilities will be open seven days a week, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, through to the end of August.

Please note that we will be operating at 50% capacity, and standard COVID-19 protocols will be in place. We ask that all visitors wear masks and respect social distancing requirements, according to Ontario’s Step 3 reopening guidelines.



We have a wonderful lineup of exhibitions this summer, including our three opening shows:

The Red Chair Sessions – Anishinaabe photographer Nadya Kwandibens’ portraiture series places importance on the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. (July 16 to September 25 at the Douglas Family Art Centre)

Photograph of a white sign reading "Yes, we're OPEN" in black text.


Phillips Interpreted – Local quilting group QA5 have created their interpretations of Walter J. Phillips’ works that were inspired by the Lake of the Woods region. Their work beautifully echoes the nuanced and gentle Lake of the Woods of Phillips by incorporating their own unique perspectives in their own unique medium. (July 16 to September 11 at the Douglas Family Art Centre)

Cropped image of Aloha Cottage (1929) by Jan Lindstrom, based on the original piece by Walter J. Phillips. Textile / art quilt. From the exhibition "Phillips Interpreted" at The Muse - Douglas Family Art Centre May - June 2021.


Raising the Curtain: 30 Years of Trylight Theatre Co. – 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Kenora’s TryLight Theatre Co. After producing 60 memorable shows they’ve partnered with the Lake of the Woods Museum to produce an exhibit to share the stories of the company and their performances. (July 16 to September 18 at the Lake of the Woods Museum)

Trylight Theatre Co.



From reopening until July 31, members of The Muse will be offered an additional 5% off their gift shop purchases, for a total discount of 15%.

In addition, the Lake of the Woods Museum will have a full sale display of books and items at greatly reduced prices.

Photo of the Lake of the Woods Museum Gift Shop interior, with numerous items on the shelves, mostly books.

Did you know?

Kenora was once named Rat Portage. The name came from the Anishinabe name of the local portage site, which was Wauzhushk Onigum, which meant, “portage to the country of the muskrat”.