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: WE MISS YOU

(Tuesday Aug. 4) We are now at the halfway point of this unforgettable summer and our little museum is still basically closed except for visits by appointment for tours of downstairs & our Gift Shop. Please note we have a limit of 4 people at a time.

We are following all of the Covid 19 guidelines. Masks are mandatory and visitors must use hand sanitizer upon entry.

We cannot say right now what our situation may be later on in the fall. Provincial restrictions are relaxing, but nothing will ever be the same at our museum. We can no longer dress our young would-be Annes in costumes for family photographs. Close involvement with all of our guests is no longer possible with the need for safe distancing. Handshakes or hugs no longer happen.

We are already re-inventing ourselves. Our gift shop went world-wide at the beginning of May through our museum's Facebook page and we thank all of you who responded from almost every corner of the globe. Other changes will be coming.

If you are planning to visit our museum, our best advice is to call or e-mail us. We may be able to suggest alternatives to fit your plans. However, if you or any members of your family have been outside the province recently or are experiencing a cold or any Covid 19 symptoms, please delay your visit for another year.

On a personal note, the two of us are doing fine. Thanks to our age brackets and Linda's lung issues, we have been in self-isolation since early March, relying upon Linda's son to do our shopping, banking and postal pick-ups.

So that is where we are right now. We miss you. Do we ever! Stay healthy.

Admission
$5.99 a person / $19.99 a family (limit of 4).

Due to Covid 19 guidelines some of the following display items may not be available for viewing. Also, please ignore the given times. Call us in advance of any visit to get up-to-date information and to book your visit.

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

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

28 YEARS AND COUNTING

It seems incredible to us that Bala’s Museum is more than a quarter of a century old. For the full story,
click here.

Due to Covid 19, the following list of hours and events does not apply.

Summer Hours
June 23 - Sept. 4, 2020
Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. noon-4 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Spring Hours
May 16 - June 27, 2020
by chance or appointment

Fall Hours
Sept. 5 - Oct. 15, 2020
by chance or appointment

Cranberry Festival
Open Fri., Sat. & Sun.
October 16, 17, 18, 2020

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 four 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.

GRANS & GRANDKIDS DAY

20% off admission for children and grandparents every Friday
July & August.

CANCELLED

Lucy Maud Montgomery Arrival

EVERYTHING ANNE OF GREEN GABLES DAY
Friday, June 24, 2020

CANCELLED

Jorgia Kitcher
Above: The 2018-2019 winner, Jorgia Kitcher

CRAN-ANNE LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST
Saturday, October 17, 2020

CANCELLED

Click here for further details about cancellation.

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. When she turned 9 in mid-July her mother organized a drive-by past their home north of Bala to wish Jorgia well on her birthday. Two volunteer fire departments led off the surprise drive-by which lasted more than 15 minutes. We sang Happy birthday to her from the very last car.

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.

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.

CANCELLED

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. 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!
Bala’s Museum now has Heritage Designation. In 1922 it was the tourist home where Montgomery and her family had meals during a Bala holiday. 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