Box 14, 1024 Maple Avenue
Bala, Muskoka
705-762-5876 or

1–888-579-7739
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Jack & Linda @ Bala's Museum

A MESSAGE FROM JACK AND LINDA March 7, 2022


Two years ago at the beginning of the pandemic we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary (see photo above). Right now we are looking at the 30th anniversary of our museum which we will be celebrating all summer long. This will be a summer of anniversaries because Lucy Maud Montgomery came to Bala 100 years ago for a two-week holiday that inspired her to write The Blue Castle, set entirely in Muskoka.

LMM fell in love with Bala. She wrote in her diary: “Bala is a dear spot – some how I love it. It has the flavour of home ...” One hundred years later it’s time to remember what Canada’s most famous author said about Bala. Her words should be displayed all over town.
As we write this, the Ontario government has just relaxed some of its Covid 19 restrictions. That makes us hopeful that we can schedule an Everything Anne Day in July. We also hope that our Cran-Anne Contest will return in October as part of the Bala Cranberry Festival. Stay tuned for confirmation that one or both will go ahead.

As we did last year, we are asking visitors to pre-book tours. We apologize that we will also continue to ask for proof of vaccination for teenagers and adults, and will ask visitors to wear masks. As some of you know, Linda has a lung disease (bronchiectasis) which has left her with 40% lung capacity. That is why we have to be extra careful.

---------------------- Admission ------------------------ $7.99 a person / $24.99 per family (limit of 4)
Book your Tour for 10:00 am or 1:30 pm
Proof of vaccine required for teenagers and adults.


See and Do!

• Lucy Maud Montgomery's silver tea set, on loan from Blair Macdonald, great-grandson of the famous author and his mother, Marie Macdonald. We are so grateful to Blair's late father, David Macdonald, who first loaned us the tea set with his wife Marie 28 years ago.

• Maud’s personal correspondence basket

• Fabulous collection of LMM’s books, including rare and first editions. Foreign editions include Chinese, Dutch, Polish, Japanese and many others. Find your own nationality!

• Avonlea schoolhouse in miniature.

• Photo ops.

• Matthew’s buggy.

• Dress-up costumes for kids.

Anne’s tea party with Diana

Anne’s school room -  Children can play act, including pretending to whack Gilbert over the head with a slate.

Bala’s Museum celebrates the life and writings of Canada’s favorite author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Since its opening in July, 1992, is has become known as one of the best LMM museums in all Canada, attracting LMM fans and scholars from all around the world (41 countries so far).

LMM Doll

"A lifelong love affair with Anne of Green Gables led to a thrilling venture." Source CBC

Bala's Museum is world-class with its collection of Anne of Green Gables displays, artifacts and information, according to a special report on  CBC.ca's website, written by CBC  producer / writer Vanja Mutbdzija Jaksik after she and her family spent two hours at the museum Sunday, Sept. 22nd in a private tour.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO OUR MUSEUM ON THE CBC'S NATIONAL WEBSITE

30th ANNIVERSARY
OF BALA'S MUSEUM

It seems incredible to us that Bala’s Museum
has welcomed visitors for so many years.
More than 125,000 visitors have come through
our doors from more than 40 countries.
. For the full story,
click here.

2022 Spring Hours
May 16 - June 11
Mon - Sat. by appointment
705-762-5876 balamus@muskoka.com
Tours at 10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Season Opener
June 16 5-7 pm
Anne of Green Gables gift shop
Free admission, free mini-tours
Free freckles

2022 Summer Hours
June 13 - Sept. 3
Mon - Sat. by appointment
705-762-5876 balamus@muskoka.com
Tours at 10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m

2022 Fall Hours
Sept. 5 - Oct 17 (Cranberry Festival)
Mon - Sat. by appointment
705-762-5876 balamus@muskoka.com
Tours at 10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m

Following Covid 19 guidelines, we ask that all of our visitors wear masks and use the hand sanitizer that we provide at the door. We are also limiting our tours to a maximum of eight to ten to ensure safe distancing. If you been out of the province recently or have any symptoms of Covid 19 please delay your visit until next year.

1–888-579-7739 (Canada only)
or 705-762-5876

Chinese Visitors Chinese visitors welcome!
Click here
Korean Visitors Korean visitors welcome!
Click here
Japanese visitors welcome!
Many exhibits translated for you.

 

 
Jack & Linda Hutton

MEET YOUR HOSTS

Jack and Linda Hutton are proud that Bala’s Museum has become known as
one of the best L.M. Montgomery museums in Canada. They have been
operating it since 1992.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Arrival

EVERYTHING ANNE OF GREEN GABLES DAY


Date to be Announced

 

Jorgia Kitcher
Above: The 2018-2019 winner, Jorgia Kitcher
- 7 Years Old!

CRAN-ANNE LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST

To be Announced

Left: Our current Cran-Anne winner, Jorgia Kitcher, who will carry on until it is possible to select a successor, is a very special young lady.

After finishing second in the contest at the age of 6, Jorgia prepared for the next year by reading both Anne of Green Gables and its sequel, Anne of Avonlea, with the help of her mother. She blew the judges away by how well she was prepared the second time around. We have been very proud to have her as our Cran-Anne over the last three years.

We are very grateful to Jorgia Kitcher, our 2018-19 winner, for carrying on until our next Cran-Anne Look-Alike contest, which we hope will be this October during the Bala Cranberry Festival.

Dollhouse Miniatures

Dollhouse

Our Gift Shop now stocks dollhouse miniatures of all sizes, inspired by Canada’s largest replica of the world-famous Green Gables farm house. Guess where Anne’s room is.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop

One of the best Anne of Green Gables gift shops in Canada just keeps getting better and better. Offered are hard-to-find editions of LMM books, Anne movies, Anne jewelry, exclusive dolls and doll clothes, vintage Green Gables china and children’s costumes for sale. It’s worth the drive to Bala for the special people on your Christmas list.

We also do mail order and have a Facebook store that has served kindred spirirs around the globe.

Kids Dress Up

Kids Can Dress Up

Boys and girls have a choice of our costumes to wear during their family tour. For girls, dresses and flowered hats right out of “Avonlea”; sailor shirts and hats for boys.

 

Tips on how to plan an Anne of Green Gables birthday party

Bala’s Museum can supply everything you need for an Anne of Green Gables birthday party, from goodie bags to prizes. Click here for step by step tips.
Anne of Green Gables birthday party

Anne: Madly Off In All Directions

This popular display shows how a book about a red-haired orphan caught the world by surprise in 1908, and the amazing spin-offs that have resulted from that first “Anne of Green Gables” book..

Location & Directions

We are about 200 kilometres or a two-hour drive north of Toronto
or 59 kilometres south east of Parry Sound

GPS directions: 1024 Maple Avenue, Bala.
Click here for directions and maps.

Anne of Green Gables
Muskoka Attractions
LIcensed by Heirs of L.M. Montgomery
 

Lucy Maud Montgomery Heritage Destination
We are now a Literary Landmark!
This is a banner year for Bala as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s arriving in Bala in July, 1922.  Our museum was the tourist home in Bala where Montgomery and family had their meals.  The two weeks spent in Bala inspired LMM to write The Blue Castle, a coming-of-age novel set entirely in MuskokaBala’s Museum now has Heritage Designation. The 2 week vacation resulted in an adult novel & Muskoka love story, The Blue Castle.


Free freckles


Anne whacks Gilbert!


Anne Diana tea party


A mouse in the custard!


Saving Minnie May


Waiting for Matthew

Bala's Museum
1024 Maple Avenue
Box 14, Bala, Muskoka
ON Canada P0C 1A0
705-762-5876 or 1-888-579-7739