Students examining a topographical map of New France in the Sainte-Marie  museum

Seasonal Exhibits

Over the season, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is pleased to present seasonal exhibits in the Visitor Foyer at the main public entrance.

Sainte-Marie Museum

The indoor interpretative Sainte-Marie Museum provides an historical overview relating Sainte-Marie to 17th century mainstream life. It also serves as a fascinating and informative conclusion to your visit. The museum explains the motives and transportation of early explorers, the society and culture they left behind in Europe, what they came to in New France, and how they learned to adapt to a new way of life. Through the senses of sight, sound, touch, and even smell, the Sainte-Marie Museum illustrates the events of that era through more than 750 artifacts which have been purchased, donated, or loaned.

Feature Exhibit - Champlain’s Astrolabe: Navigating Culture Contact in a New World

View Champlain’s Astrolabe! Found in 1867 in Cobden, Ontario, this rare navigational artifact brings us closer to Samuel de Champlain and his role as an explorer who initiated contact with the First Nations cultures he encountered.


Specific themes and modules that can be explored in the Sainte-Marie Museum include:
A 17th Century Street in France
The Riches of the Orient
The Age of Discovery
Politics, Economics, and Religion
France and the Bourbons
A 17th Century Bourgeois Room
Douce France
The Beginnings of New France
The Long Voyage
Life In New France
Topographical Map of New France
The Birch Bark Canoe
Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus
Jesuit Missionaries in Huronia
Native Lifestyle
Exhibition Area: Champlain’s astrolabe
The North American Martyrs
Technology at Sainte-Marie
The Ridley Native Pottery Collection