Situated on the winding Atikokan River, the Atikokan Museum, Archives & Historical Park exhibits the unique history of the area. Featuring local history exhibits, regional rock samples, a 12,000-year-old Barren Ground Caribou antler found at the bottom of Steep Rock Lake, and the Shevlin-Clarke logging locomotive. Discover the heart and spirit of Atikokan.
Large artifacts from lumber and mining sites are on display throughout the Town of Atikokan and at the Historical Park, which is easily accessible by a footbridge beside the museum. Steeped in a tradition of outdoor activity, Atikokanites have a paddling history from competitive cross-Quetico paddling between the United States and Canada, to Canada’s Centennial cross-country races and cross-continent solo paddling.
The Town of Atikokan was established as a Divisional Point on the Canadian National Railway in 1900, and became a thriving boom town during the 1950s and 1960s with the development of mining at Steep Rock Iron Mine and Caland Ore Company. Bursting with the influx of a new labour force the community of Atikokan established itself with a culture of outdoor activities, winter and summer sports, which continues to this day. Thriving in this remote community are painters and musicians. Paintings are on exhibit throughout the museum.
Our motto is “Celebrating all that we are”! Come for a visit and discover all that we are.
The Museum is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, evenings and weekends by appointment. Telephone: 807-597-6585
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