Museums and Galleries

Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Museum Offerings

With abundant Art Galleries, and Museums, Thunder Bay has a bounty of beauty to discover. Thunder Bay was one of the first Canadian Municipalities to recognize the value of public art.  Enjoy a walking tour of the city and see if you can spot these works that beautify our city. Or, step inside one of the many Thunder Bay art galleries and escape to another world with works from Canadian, regional and international artists.  Be sure to include a vist to one of these on your next visit to our Thunder Bay hotel, the Valhalla Inn.

With a history of peoples that span millennia to present day heroes, Thunder Bay museums offer many cultural and historical experiences, just a short distance from our Thunder Bay hotel, the Valhalla Inn. Explore the depths of earth and the history of mining amethyst and silver and the legend of the Sleeping Giant. Or set your sights to the heavens and explore the expanse of space, galaxies and nebulas above. Marvel at stars on earth and the courage of Terry Fox.  

Step back in time with the Thunder Bay Museum and learn about the history of the Ojibway people.  The Founder’s Museum and Hymers Museum offer a look back into the area’s first settlers with displays on mining, logging and farming.  Browse the General store or examine photos and documents about the area’s history.  David Thompson Astronomical Observatory offers breath taking views of the night sky through one of the largest telescopes in Central Canada. 

Visit the Terry Fox Monument – a 9 foot high bronze statue, set on a 45-ton granite base with a foundation of local amethyst, commands a breath-taking view of Lake Superior. Celebrate the athletes and builders who have brought pride and honour to the region through their many accomplishments with a visit to Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Try one of our many vacation packages and discover these and many other things to do in Thunder Bay, just minutes from Valhalla Inn & Suites.

Thunder Bay Museums & Monuments


Thunder Bay Art Gallery – 5.9 km
Definitely Superior Art Gallery – 10.3 km
The Baggage Building Art Centre – 8 km
Gallery 33 – 10.4 km
Chenier Fine Arts – 10.3 km
The Painted Turtle Studio Gallery – 10.4 km
Ahnisnabae Art Gallery – 3.1 km
Lake Superior Art Gallery - 4.9 km
Triple K Arts – 4.6 km

Public Art

City Hall  - Tera Frima by John Broooks & Christopher Stones – 4.8 km
Kam River Park - Animikii – Flies the Thunder by Anne Allardyce – 7.8 km
Vickers St. Bridge – John & Catherine Vickers by John Brooks –  4.3 km
May Street Bridge – The Angler & the Fish – by Krzysztof Zukowski -
Canada Games Complex – Verere – by Paul Epp – 8.6 km
EMS Building – Pulse – by Scott McKay – 9.9 km
Prince Arthur’s Landing – works from various artists including Diatom Whisper: Alchemy – by Ingrid Koivukangas - 5.8 km
Boulevard Lake Sculpture -   various works including A Walk with the Kids  by – Paul Wolfe 2.7 km
Birch Point Park – Birch Point by Sean Randall 13 km


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