Sombra Museum


 Hours of Operation/Operation

Victorian Holiday Weekend 1-4PM
June, July & August  11-4:30 PM daily
September 1-4PM daily
Other Times Open by Appointment Phone Curator 519-627-2622

 Admission                                2015 Prices

 Adults                                             $5.00

 Seniors                                           $4.00

 Preschool                                        Free

 Students                                          $3.00

 Family                                              $15.00

 How To Get Here

 3470 St. Clair Parkway, Sombra, Ontario

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 Just 35 minutes south of Sarnia, Ontario.  From highway 402 take highway 40 south to Bentpath Line.  Turn right onto Bentpath and travel 6km to St. Clair Parkway.  Turn left onto St. Clair Parkway and follow for 3 blocks. 

We are 20 minutes north west of Wallaceburg, Ontario.  Travel highway 40 north along the scenic route of the St. Clair River to Sombra.


 Sombra Museum

3470 St. Clair Parkway

Sombra, Ontario

N0P 2H0



New Book:  AGRICULTURE in the former SOMBRA TOWNSHIP (click here for further information)

 2014/2015 Events




(Last Tuesday of the month)

Tuesday, September 29th, 7-9pm

From War Patrol to Cruise Ship. Ken Bracewall will speak about the purchase and

maintenance of The Duc D’Orleans (Q015), as well as stories while operating the ship.

Tuesday, October 27th, 7-9pm

Learn about the new exhibit at the Mariner Theatre in Marine City dedicated to the

Titanic. Hear about the new 18 foot Builder’s Model and other interesting facts about

the ship, its voyage and what went wrong.

Tuesday, November 24th, 7-9pm

In 1985, the St. Clair River was named as an area of concern because of poor water

quality. Through the years many improvements have been made but there are still

problems to solve. Darrell Randell will speak about restoring the St. Clair River and

what sill needs to be done.

Tuesday, March 29th, 7-9pm

The war of 1812 was one of the most iconic for Canada. The conflict was widespread

through many different regions, Glenn Stott will tell the tales of the War of 1812 in the

Western District.

Tuesday, April 26th, 7-9pm

Larry Cornelius will speak about the species of trees in Lambton County, interesting

facts about them and the history of the tree cover of Lambton since the last ice age. This

lecture is entitled: Native Trees of Lambton County


LOCATION: Sombra Museum Cultural Centre Meeting Room
3476 St. Clair Pkwy, Sombra
(South Corner of Smith St.)
For tickets and more info:
Phone: 519-892-3982

Cost: *$10/lecture *$25 for 3 lectures *$50 for ALL 6 Fall/Winter lectures
*Student pricing: *$7/lecture *$16 for 3 lectures *$35 for ALL 6

Click here for further information

Ontario Reptile Species at Risk Event

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority will be hosting an event to highlight reptile species at risk.  Click here for further information.

April 22nd, 2015, 6 to 8 p.m.

Lawn Concert

Sunday, July 5, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Blueberry Social (click here for further information)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

(includes Music on the Porch)

Annual Harvest Tea (click here for further information)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Starting at 1:00 p.m.

Three great local books now available at the Sombra Museum

Whether you love reading tales of Sombra farm life, reminiscing about life in a one-room schoolhouse, or taking time to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by hundreds of men from Sombra and Moore Township in the horrific, brutal conditions posed by World War I, the Sombra Museum had just the book for you.

Sombra Farms, Number Two has something of interest to all as it features 14 stories and many photos that illustrate the area’s rich agricultural and rural heritage.

Thornyhurst School-A Bygone Era by Margaret Devin will be available beginning Aug. 2. This heartwarming volume describes life at a local one-room schoolhouse that still stands along Highway 40 in Sombra Township.

And in St. Clair’s Allies In Arms: The Men of Sombra and Moore Town-ships in WWI, the names of 500 local men, 40 of whom paid the ultimate price for their service, along with local women who served as nurses, are listed. Stories of their struggles, along with background on the Lambton 149, the local recruitment battalion, are included. This volume is now available in paperback form at the Sombra Museum, Moore Museum and the Book Keeper in Sarnia.

Motor Coach Tours

Sombra Museum offers Motor Coach customers to explore the original Bury Home built in 1881 which is an excellent example of Victorian Architecture with eight furnished rooms.  There is also a Marine Room, Agriculture & Technology Room and a Reference Room. Outside there is an 1830 log Cabin to tour which characterizes the lifestyle of the early Sombra  pioneers and as you walk around the buildings various artefacts of the time period. 

Maximum: 50 persons

Minimum: 10 persons

A Museum Tour takes 45-60 minutes.  The Historical Tour  30-45 minutes.

Advance booking is required.

Available: by appointment

Phone 519-892-3982 or Curator 519-627-2622


Admission: Adults $5.00 each (bus driver and tour guide admitted free)

School Programs

Sombra Museum programs are adapted to meet the needs of your students and your curriculum topics.  We would be pleased to assist you an any way possible. Some of the Programs we offer are, First Settlers to St. Clair Township, Pioneers of Sombra with hands on projects, History along the St. Clair River and surrounding area, Rum Running, Historical Walking tour of the Sombra Village and an 1880 Victorian Christmas .   The 1830 log cabin illustrates the primitive lifestyle of the early pioneer through viewing and discussion of building and furniture construction, cooking and food preservation, potash production, heating and lighting.


Students:   $2.00 each (Teacher and parents accompanying the group are admitted free)

Sombra Museum

This museum was established in 1959 by the Sombra Township Historical Society with the support of the people and businesses o the area. The “Good Old Days” are saved and remembered for all to share and enjoy

Our Location

3470 St. Clair Parkway, Sombra, Ontario, Canada N0P 2H0

For a map to our location, click here.  Just 35 minutes south of Sarnia, Ontario.  From Highway 402 take Highway 40 south to Bentpath Line.  Turn right on Bentpath and travel 6 KM to St. Clair Parkway.  Turn left onto St. Clair Parkway and go 3 blocks and we are to the left.

If you travel by the Ferry from Marine City, Michigan, United States,  go straight from the Ferry to St. Clair Parkway and turn left. We are down one block to your right.

How to Reach us

Phone: 519-892-3982


Explore the past of “ Sombra Township” with glimpse of pioneer living, Great Lakes shipping and a Victorian Home built by the Burys’ in 1881 with 8 furnished rooms and more. 

What We Offer:

A Victorian Home- Step into the past of a Victorian home built in 1881 with 8 furnished room.  Experience the hominess of the kitchen, and the elegance of the dinning room filled with crystal, silver and china.  Walk into an old time parlour and music room to learn about entertainment in the past, or dream in a child’s bedroom with period clothing and toys.  The master bedroom displays turn of the century personal effects.  The gallery displays various themes e.g. Beach Wear, Victorian Fashions, Spinning Textiles.

Marine Room - illustrates the importance of the St.Clair River and Great Lakes to our history through photos and nautical artefacts.

A Reference Room - has archives, census & cemetery records, photos, files on businesses, ships,schools, churches, and more.  Research by students and public is encouraged any time.  Our citizen files are a source for genealogical research!

An 1830 Log Cabin - characterizes the lifestyle of the early Sombra Pioneers.



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