THE INN AND ITS MUSEUM

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Touch the image to view a short video on the Symmes Inn.

Situated on the banks of Lac Deschênes and the Ottawa River, the Symmes Inn was built in 1831 by Charles Symmes, founder of Aylmer and nephew of Philemon Wright. It is the centerpiece of Aylmer’s heritage, cultural and tourist district, which is the most significant and best preserved area of Gatineau’s time-honored buildings. The Symmes Inn is a local history museum dedicated to preserving the regional heritage of the area..

HOURS, FEES AND LOCATION

SUMMER HOURS

From the first Sunday in June to Labour Day:
The Museum is open Tuesdays to Sunday, from noon to 7 pm.

OFF-SEASON HOURS

From Labour Day to the last Sunday in October, and March through May:
The Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 pm.

ADMISSION FEE

Admission to the museum is free; however, donations are appreciated.

LOCATION

Symmes Inn Museum
1, Front Street, (corner of rue Principale)
Gatineau, Qc J9H 4W8
Telephone : 819 682-0291
Email: symmesreception@gmail.com

Located at the entrance of Aylmer Marina. Free parking.

PERMANENT EXHIBITION

Symmes Inn: Windows onto the Ottawa River

The exhibition recounts the various functions attributed to the Symmes Inn location over the centuries. The building’s windows, many of which look onto the Ottawa River, invite visitors to discover the river’s past through notable historical figures and five themes: the river as a landing place, a busy waterway, a hive of industrial activity, a passage for steamboats and a leisure attraction. The exhibition is presented on 2 floors. Note: The second and third floors are not accessible by elevator.

Illustrations of people have been designed by Paule Thibault.
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TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

 By Forests et Rivers, Men of Courage

A tribute to lumberjacks, log drivers and raftsmen who, by their temerity and courage, contributed to the growth of the forest industry in the Outaouais Region.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

The Aylmer Great Fire of 1921

Don’t miss our new exhibit on “The Great Aylmer Fire of 1921“.  We are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the fire that destroyed downtown Aylmer on August 10, 1921.  Over 700 people were made homeless.  

Shivers and Sweets

Come celebrate Halloween at the Symmes Inn Museum!

Dress up in your best costume and drop by between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Friday, October 29, 2021! The Symmes Inn Museum invites you to an evening full of chills and candy. Discover the inn at sunset and see if you are brave enough to explore the dark and murky premises with your family. On site, a mysterious atmosphere, a Halloween story time, treats and an outdoor pumpkin hunt.
Please note that our team will ensure that everyone present respects public health and distancing measures. Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 10.

 

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