Museums and Art Galleries

Huron County Museum

Always changing. Always inspiring.

The Huron County Museum is home to historical and cultural exhibitions, both temporary and permanent. Thousands of artifacts illustrate the history of both our rural and urban communities in a variety of themes and topics. Gratefully, we continue to accept donations of historical items from members of the local and larger community allowing our collection to grow.

Permanent exhibitions feature early settlement, agriculture, military, and main street galleries including a full-size steam locomotive central to the building. A variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year investigate and explore topics of local significance.

The Huron County Museum offers a variety of events, activities and exhibits throughout the year to welcome the public through our doors.

Huron Historic Gaol

The Huron Historic Gaol is a unique octagonal building which served as the County Jail from its opening in 1841 until its closure in 1972. At the time of construction, it was viewed as a model of humanitarian prison design. Originally the building served as Gaol for the Counties of Huron, Bruce and Perth but after the counties separated the building served only the County of Huron for the majority of its history.

Throughout its history the Gaol housed inmates registered for crimes from misdemeanors to criminal convictions, including three men who were hanged for crimes of murder. It also provided shelter as the House of Refuge for the ill, destitute and mentally ill. Men, women and children all spent time in the Gaol throughout its history.

The Gaol is now a National Historic Site visited by thousands of people each year.

Open May 1 to October 31. Admission Charged. Not wheelchair accessible.

Goderich Co-op Art Gallery

The Goderich Co-op Gallery displays the work of more than 35 artists with a plethora of award-winning members and consignees featuring paintings, photography, encaustics, stained glass, fibre arts, pottery and jewellery. Many pieces feature Huron County themes. Guest artists and community projects displayed monthly. There is often an artist on site.

Elizabeth’s Art Gallery

Elizabeth’s Art Gallery is located on the historic Courthouse Square in Goderich Ontario. Offering a wide range of services and products for all your art and framing needs. Come in and browse the gallery and enjoy the rich selection of original paintings, fine crafts and jewellery.