Rideau District Museum

Would you like your class to tour the Museum?

Schoolchildren of all ages enjoy tours of The Rideau District Museum and we are always happy to accommodate classes during our operating season!  If you would like to bring your students, please email us at rdmuseum@rideau.net to arrange your date and time, and we will have an age-appropriate museum scavenger hunt ready for them to have a hands-on museum adventure. 

to see additional archival photos from the rideau district museum, click on the picture of the museum below (on left).  for our walking tour brochure, click on the photo on the right.                                       


On Left: Top photo shows The Museum as it was in the 1960's.  Bottom photo shows the International Buckle Factory, which was destroyed by fire in the early 1900's.  On Right:  Click on the picture to get your copy of the Westport Walking Tour and discover the history of some of the homes in our village.


The  International Buckle Factory was just one of the many factories and industries  that were  prominent  in  the village   of  Westport  during  the 1800's  and  early 1900's.  From Fredenburgh's  Furniture  Factory  (The Red  Mill) to sash and door factories, foundries and milling companies to other  businesses  such as  jewelry  stores,  bakeries,  general  stores  and numerous   hotels   whose   existence   proved  the   prosperity  that   was Westport   at   the  turn   of   the   20th   century.     With   the   decline   in manufacturing  through fires and financial hardships,  topped  off by the last  run  of the Brockville  &  Westport  Railway in the 1950's ,  Westport now  exists  mainly as a  top-notch  tourist  destination  in  a  picturesque location,  easily  accessible  by  boat  via  the Rideau Canal,  car,  and  air .


If you are visiting the village of Westport during the summer months, be sure  to  make  the  Rideau  District  Museum  one  of  the  stops  on your vacation.   Housed  in  a  former  blacksmith  shop,  coffin and   furniture manufacturer, boat  and carriage works and residence, the building itself is brimming with history. 


Our operating season is  weekends  in  June and daily  from July through Labour Day ( first Monday in September ).   Please  be sure to  check  out our " Location " tab to see an interactive Google map to help you on your way.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us year-round and we can do our best to help you out at:  rdmuseum@kingston.net