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Museum gets new digs behind Shania Centre

Museum gets new digs behind Shania Centre

It has been a long time since local artists had a place to display their work. It has been just as long since the Timmins Museum had a large space to display local history.

But on Friday, the public will once again have a place to go to view both artistic and cultural works, photos and artifacts.

Still without a permanent location, after water damaged forced the closure of the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre two-and-a-half years ago, director/curator Karen Bachmann said it's nice to have a place to display on a larger scale.

Since its closure, the museum has been running out of a small space in The Porcupine Mall, while its vast collection of historical items have been stored elsewhere.

For the past several weeks, the staff of the museum have been preparing for their reopening, temporarily in the green buildings behind the Shania Twain Centre.

"It's nice to get some of the collection out," Bachmann said. "We're hoping everyone in the community will come and visit us."

The new space will include a temporary gallery space for local and regional artists, an exhibition space as well as the museum gift shop.

"This exhibition will be looking at the discovery of the mining camps," Bachmann said. "They include part of our photograph collection from about 1908 to 1912.

"There will also be a diorama of how the prospectors set up their camps, along with other artifacts from the collection."

The museum planned the exhibition to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the local mines. Next year a different exhibit will take its place.

"It's good to be able to connect to the community again," Bachmann said. "We will be able to better deliver heritage and cultural services to the community."

But it's not just about local history. As a national exhibition centre, the museum's gallery acts as a place for artists to display and sell their work. It's part of the mandate that has been limited recently due to lack of space.


"We've received an excellent response from regional artists, so the public will get to see artists they haven't seen before," she said. "It also gives local up-and-coming artists a bit of exposure to help develop their future paths."

The museum will officially open its doors to the public Friday morning, and will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m.


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Temporary home open behind Shania Twain Centre
Posted By Brandon Walker, The Daily Press[/B]

Johnny Jones’ eyes follow those in the room, no matter where the visitors go.

Although he has been dead for decades, Jones is alive and well thanks to a photograph on display at the Timmins Museum’s interim location.

Set up in the green building behind the Shania Twain Centre, Jones is there with other notable people from Timmins’ past.

Although he never discovered any mines worth developing, Jones certainly knew how to have fun.

His sense of amusement is still on display, in those eyes.

Jones once sent a dog sled filled with coal down Toronto’s Yonge St., just to bring attention to the North.

One legend says he completed a 400-mile trip by dog sled to rescue three American balloonists who went down in Moose Factory.

Museum curator and director Karen Bachmann was ecstatic about the opening yesterday of the Timmins Museum in its interim location.

“These photos represent the 100-year discovery of gold in this area. They show how people used to live,” she said.

Coun. Michael Doody congratulated Bachmann and her staff on the fabulous work they’ve done for the museum.

“Within the next couple weeks you’ll see the arts and heritage centre drawings at the McIntyre Site.

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“This is an opportunity we shouldn’t miss,” Doody said, while Jones and dozens of dignitaries looked on.

Afterward, Mayor Tom Laughren said soil samples will be taken at The Mac site over the next few weeks to make sure it’s suitable.

“One of the criteria of the museum site was it had to be on the 101 Highway,” he said.

Laughren commented on how nostalgic the space has become.

Hung on the wall beside Jones is Alex Gillies and Benny Hollinger, a pair of prospectors whose histories have been well documented.

A photo of the sweet-faced Carolyn Mayben Flowers hangs nearby. She came to Porcupine from New York City in search of gold.

She never found anything valuable but stayed in Porcupine, rarely seen without her six shooter.

Sundays were the only time she wouldn’t wear the gun, seen slung from her hip in the photo, when she would play organ during a local church service.

The Porcupine Art Club and other regional artists have work on display in one of the rooms.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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