Oil Museum Plans New Exhibit with Support of Alix Foundation


Wyoming, ON - The Oil Museum of Canada National Historic Site is undertaking a

major renovation to improve the visitor experience, thanks in part to the generosity of

The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation.

Plans include the development of new museum exhibits and interactive learning

experiences, improved visitor amenities, interpretation and signage. The Alix

Foundation has committed $81,100 toward the project, which will provide the important heritage destination with enhanced learning opportunities for Lambton County school

groups and residents.


This work will be complimented by a significant capital investment in facility renewal by

the County, which will see accessibility upgrades, the replacement of heating,

ventilation and air conditioning equipment, and energy efficiency improvements

including lighting replacement and new windows and doors for the 60 year old facility. In

early 2020, the County engaged A+Link Architecture Inc. through a public tender

process to lead the planning and design for the new exhibition space and facility

renewal work.


"The County is grateful for the support of The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation with the

redevelopment of this important National Historic Site", says Lambton County Warden

Bill Weber. "This funding builds on the Alix family's strong legacy of support for cultural

institutions in the community, and will allow us to reimagine how we share the story of

Lambton's proud oil heritage."


The enhancements to museum exhibitions and interactive educational experiences at

the site will facilitate innovative educational programming related to Science,

Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The intent of this programming is to involve

youth audiences through partnerships with area school boards. In this way, the museum

will expose students in Lambton to the importance of STEM as part of Lambton's history

of oil innovation, and emphasize the importance of STEM to the economy of tomorrow.

The Oil Museum of Canada is a designated National Historic Site, situated on the

world’s first commercial oil field. Located in Ontario’s first designated Industrial Heritage

District, and designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, the museum preserves and

interprets the important history of Lambton’s contributions to the worldwide oil industry.


The ten-acre site features four historic buildings with reconstructed spring-pole and

three-pole derricks dominating the property. A series of jerker lines, pumping stations,

storage tanks and oil wagons combine with the material in the museum collection to

bring the fascinating story of the oil industry to life. The main exhibition centre,

constructed in 1960, houses over 9,000 artifacts that interpret the international influence of Lambton’s proud oil heritage.


While the facility remains closed to the public under the current provincial emergency

orders, planning continues in preparation for the renovation work, which is expected to

commence in the fall of 2020.


Please contact:

Andrew Meyer

General Manager, Cultural Services

County of Lambton

519-845-0809 ext. 5236

andrew.meyer@county-lambton.on.ca

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