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MacLachlan Woodworking Museum to open for season May 1 Experience hands-on history at Grass Creek Park

April 30, 2019 -

The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, located in the beautiful rural setting of Grass Creek Park, opens for its 36th season on May 1. The museum is home to more than 15,000 artifacts and hosts a number of exhibits and workshops that allow visitors to learn the story of woodworking throughout the region and the rest of Canada in an interactive way. The museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday until Sept.1.

"The hands-on workshops offered by the museum help to animate the rich collection of tools and wooden objects on display by offering visitors the chance to build news skills, and deepen their appreciation for woodworking," says Paul Robertson, City curator.

Hands-on skills in the workshop

Registration for adult workshops is now open. Visitors do not need to have woodworking experience.  The museum's qualified instructors help them every step of the way to create beautiful items from start to finish.

The museum's summer workshop schedule is:

  • Saturday, May 25 and Saturday, June 15 – Paddle-Making
  • Saturday, June 22 – Folding Chair
  • Saturday, July 20 – Keepsake Box
  • Saturday, August 17 – Linen Chest

Frequently Asked Questions and links to online registration can be found at www.woodworkingmuseum.ca/whats-on/workshops.

The Introduction to Woodworking, Charcuterie Board and  Sword & Shield workshops are sold out. Fall workshops will be announced in September.

Activities for the whole family

Registration for Carpentry Camp is now open. These half-day sessions for children ages 6-12 are taught by Majella Turcotte, who will supervise and guide the children as they create their very own wood projects to bring home. Last year's camp offerings were so popular that the museum has added both morning and afternoon sessions in July and August. Full workshop details and registration links can be found at www.woodworkingmuseum.ca/whats-on/events.

Campfire Songs at the Mac is a great way to end your Thursdays in July and August. Bring your picnic supper and listen to music around the campfire in the heart of Grass Creek Park. The museum is also open from 6– 8 p.m. so you can explore the log house, the exhibits and the workshop.  A detailed list of musical guest artists can be found at www.woodworkingmuseum.ca/whats-on/events.

LumberKits introduce little ones to woodworking, giving them the chance to try it first hand at the MacLachlan workshop. LumberKits range in price from $10 - $15 and our friendly staff will help you and your child every step of the way. LumberKits also make great gifts and can be done at home with a few hand tools. A full list of LumberKits available for purchase can be found at www.woodworkingmuseum.ca/whats-on/lumberkits.

Plan your visit

The rural location of the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is what makes it so special! If you have any questions about accessibility at the museum, visit www.woodworkingmuseum.ca/visit/accessibility or contact us at mwmuseum@cityofkingston.ca.

Find out more about the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum at www.WoodworkingMuseum.ca.