Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums

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Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums
Location Greater Sudbury, Ontario Canada
Type community history museums

The Greater Sudbury Heritage Museums are a network of four small community history museums in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. Three of the four are located on heritage properties in different neighbourhoods within the city, and the fourth is located in a library facility.

Anderson Farm Museum[edit]

The Anderson Farm Museum (46°25′56″N 81°08′52″W / 46.4322°N 81.1479°W / 46.4322; -81.1479 (Anderson Farm Museum)) is located on a 14-acre (57,000 m2) site in Lively, on a historic dairy farm once owned by Finnish immigrants Frank Anderson and Gretta Anderson (Peltoniemi). The museum incorporates many of the original farm buildings, as well as the historic paymaster's cabin from Inco's mining facilities in Creighton, which was moved to the Anderson Farm site after the community was shut down in 1987.

Copper Cliff Museum[edit]

The Copper Cliff Museum (46°28′25″N 81°04′01″W / 46.4737°N 81.0670°W / 46.4737; -81.0670 (Copper Cliff Museum)) on Balsam Street in Copper Cliff is housed in a log cabin on the site of the very first homestead in the community. The log cabin is not the original structure on that property, however, but was moved there in 1972. The museum is set up to depict the lifestyle of a miner's family in the area. The museum also has the baseball jacket of Thelma Jo Walmsley, a Copper Cliff native who played on the Racine Belles' 1946 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League championship team. An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected by the province to commemorate the Mine Rescue Stations's role in Ontario's heritage. [1]

The Flour Mill

Flour Mill Museum[edit]

The Flour Mill Museum (Musée du Moulin-à-Fleur) (46°30′24″N 80°59′15″W / 46.5067°N 80.9876°W / 46.5067; -80.9876 (Flour Mill Museum)) was initially located on Notre-Dame Avenue beside the Flour Mill Silos in the city's historic Flour Mill neighbourhood. It was later moved in the 1980s to its present location on St. Charles Street. The historic building was originally the home of François Varieur, the foreman of an early lumber mill in the Sudbury area. It was later acquired by the Manitoba and Ontario Flour Mill Company, to serve as the home of the community's flour mill foreman.

The museum was opened in 1974, and is devoted particularly to the life and history of the Franco-Ontarian community in the Flour Mill area.

Rayside-Balfour Museum[edit]

The Rayside-Balfour Museum(46°33′06″N 81°07′13″W / 46.5518°N 81.1202°W / 46.5518; -81.1202 (Rayside-Balfour Museum)), located in Azilda, is the smallest of the four museums. Located in the community library branch, it incorporates several small exhibits depicting historical agricultural lifestyles in the Sudbury Basin area.

Virtual museum[edit]

The network's web page also incorporates the Virtual Heritage Museum, which offers video and photographic exhibits and historical writings on the region and its communities.


The museums are affiliated with the Canadian Museums Association, the Canadian Heritage Information Network and the Virtual Museum of Canada.


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