Dorset Heritage Museum

The Dorset Heritage Museum

Dorset Ontario

Many of our resort guests consider Dorset as a one stop spot for all their needs which is only 20 minutes away from us. They have restaurants, gas stations, clothing stores but most noted is the Old Fashion Robinson’s General Store, a must see. To help you find your way around town their is the Dorset Museum which also is the tourist outlet to help you find your way.

The Dorset Heritage Museum officially opened its doors on July 1st, 2001, located in Dorset Ontario at the crossroads of Muskoka and Haliburton, featuring museum exhibits and shows of our early pioneer life, history of local settlers, traditional logging methods and historical information pertaining to pioneer settlement of the Dorset and surrounding area.


Favourable response led to the museum committee to plan the concept of the ‘living museum’ that is reflected in their goal to CARE about pioneer life in the Dorset community. The goal was to show the Dorset residents and traveling visitors to the area that the Dorset Museum cared about the past, present and future.



Their goal was to:

Celebrate and communicate our historical significance
Recognize and appreciate the contributions of our ancestors
Revitalize the community
Educate the children and visitors through exciting activities


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The Museum gives talks and participates in local neighborhood events year round and will open upon request in the off-season.

The Dorset Heritage Museum show cases the history of Dorset and the surrounding area from the time of the first nations to the present day.

A scale model of the historic Gilmoure Tramway, just to express one of their exhibits.

The museum is also part of the Huntsville Outdoor Art Gallery with a couple of outdoor murals on display.

The Museum displays the history of the Dorset area beginning with the First Nations through to today, with artifacts, photographs and stories.

The D, a volunteer organization along with a committee of council of the Township of Algonquin Highlands in Haliburton County. It is operated by a committee of ten members and a group of 24 Friends of the D.H.M.

They additionally act as a Tourist Information Center for the area where the population of the Dorset area will grow by about 400% in the summer months with a addition of tourist also traveling through.

Why Visit the Dorset Heritage Museum

Showcasing the Dorset area’s past with shows and displays, photographs, stories and fascinating artifacts.

Heritage Post Cards and Heritage Calendars are on sale at the Museum, which are real collectors items!

OPEN: May 24th to July 1st – Saturdays and Sundays – Only 10am to 4pm
OPEN: July 1st to Thanksgiving Weekend – Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

Admission by Donation

The Museum is in the hamlet of Dorset, the heart of Haliburton and Muskoka, knowned as cottage country.

Located at Highway  #117 and #35

Just Follow the Museum signs, you’ll get there

Physical Address:
1040 Main Street, Dorset Ontario, Canada

Mailing Address:
Address: P.O. Box 111, Dorset, Ontario, Canada, P0A 1E0
Phone Number: 705 766 0323
GPS Co ordinance N45 degrees 14.995 and W079 degrees 53.587

Just park at the Museum
Explore the fascinating historical and cultural exhibits
Visit the Tourist Information Centre
Hike to the Scenic Lookout Tower
Shop and dine in the quaint village of Dorset
Picnic or Swim at the parkette

Guided Tours Welcome, Off Season Tours and Visits Too! All by appointment only.
Phone 705 766 0323 or email them at

Visit website for Dorset Museum

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See Google Maps for a map location


Other Museums in the area to enjoy and collect a little history

Haliburton Highlands Museum

Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum

Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost Museum

Minden Hills Museum


About The Author


Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.


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