Sault Ste. Marie's 4Culture partnership allows visitors to get the most cultural value by purchasing one ticket for four separate museum and historic spots within close proximity to one another downtown. The first, Art Gallery of Algoma, 10 East St. (tel. 705/949-9067; www.artgalleryofalgoma.on.ca), is a nonprofit public gallery dedicated to advancing visual arts. The gallery's collection includes contemporary works, including sculpture, animation cells, paintings and watercolors. With over 4000 items in its collection, the gallery showcases 24 exhibitions per year with work from regional, national and international artists. Open daily year round. Admission is $2 for adults; $1 seniors and students.
History buffs should not miss a chance to visit the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, 690 Queen St. E. (tel. 705/759-7278; www.saultmuseum.com), housed in the city's former post office and known for its distinctive clock tower. Built in 1906, the architecture is an example of Ontario eclectic, with a mix of Romanesque arched windows and sandstone block facade, created with materials excavated during the construction of the Sault Canal. The three-story museum is full of exhibits that pay homage to the heritage of this city, including a replica of a First Nation wigwam, a blacksmith shop, pioneer log cabin and other artifacts. Area military artifacts are on display on the first floor, and there is a second-floor children's education area with interactive exhibits involving nature, photographs, arts and crafts and dress-up. Don't miss the Russell H. Ramsey Sports History Hall of Fame, dedicated to Canada's beloved sports broadcaster, with memorabilia dating from 1880s. From September-June it's open Tuesdays through Saturdays; July & August, Monday through Saturday. Admission $5 adults; $3 students and seniors; $2 for children 7-12. However, if you are interested in the 4 Culture passport, you'll pay $12 and gain admission to these two sites and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center and Ermatinger/Clergue National Historic Site 831 Queen St. E. (tel. 705/759-1522) an 1814 residence built for fur trader Charles Oakes Ermatinger. Guides dressed in period garb lead guests on a house tour that includes cooking, baking and crafts demonstrations, among other activities.
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