Sault Ste. Marie Museum - Historic Places Days

Sault Ste. Marie Museum

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
690 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
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Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Old Post Office was designed in 1902 by David Ewart, Chief Architect of the Federal Department of Public Works. Its Victorian Classical style is typical of federal architecture at the turn of the 20th century. No longer a post office, it is now the home of the Sault. Ste. Marie Museum.

The Sault Ste. Marie Museum, located in the heart of downtown, houses a fascinating collection of historical exhibits that helps visitors learn about the history of the city all the way back to its earliest days. The Sault Ste. Marie Museum is a heritage building constructed originally as a post office between 1902-1906 after the city received $20,000 in funding from the Dominion Government. Like many buildings in Sault Ste. Marie it used sandstone excavated during the construction of the canal, with the iconic clock tower being added in 1912. At this point the Museum, then the Post Office was the largest and grandest building in the City and became a local landmark, being the first sight of the city for approaching travelers.


“The Sault Ste. Marie and 49th Field Regiment Historical Society exists to collect, preserve, study and exhibit artifacts and archival materials which illustrate history of the people and the development of Sault Ste. Marie and immediate surrounding area, and to foster a better understanding of our local heritage and the ways in which local history relates to provincial and national history.”


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

“Did You Know?”

Crown and Ball: The crown and ball which adorned the top of the copper cornice on the clocktower was installed during initial construction in 1902. It was removed from the building in the late 1950s due to safety concerns as the tower roof was deteriorating.

The Balcony: The museum’s historic stone balcony has been a part of many community parades, marches and gatherings for over 100 years. Many city officials would partake in community celebrations by standing on the balcony to oversee the events on Queen and East Street. Today, the balcony is no longer in use. The original door that led to balcony is now a window.

Past Tenants: Between 1940 and 1970, the 1st and 2nd floors were used as government office spaces. Some of these occupants included, Public Works of Canada, RCMP, National Employment Service, Customs, Weight and Measure, Dominion Immigration and the Indian Agent. The Post Office moved out of the building in 1949.

By 1972 most of the Federal offices and other tenants moved out of the building. It would stay vacant for another 10 years until the city purchased the building in 1982. The museum would move in one year later.



690 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
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