The Tree Museum is one of a kind in Canada and may be the best kept secret in Ontario. It is a centre for contemporary sculpture, and a totally immersive experience that combines art and nature. At the Tree Museum there is a wide variety of artworks to be enjoyed in the amazing outdoors and the general ambience and landscape of each sculpture is uniquely different. This is also a great way to encourage the enjoyment of art for children who might otherwise get restless in an indoor gallery. If you like walking, and enjoy been challenged by art then visit the Tree Museum. At the start of the art walk, the first work you encounter is Ej Lightman’s Sky Shelter, as you look at this work, you may feel as if you are seeing the Canadian Shield for the first time. You have to stop, look and experience the art, and in doing so you may be surprised how much nature you see in the process. An impressive list of artists have created works here over the past 17 year, (Tim Whiten, Lynn Campbell Ed Pien and Mary Anne Barkhouse to name just a few. Over 20 sculptures are scattered around the site. There are clearly marked paths, but some of the works are hidden in plain view and you have to discover their whereabouts.
In August 2016, Deeter Hastenteufel and Badanna Zack are making new works. As part of the Cultural Days in Ontario there will be an opening reception on Sunday October 2nd @ 2pm
Deeter Hastenteufel and Badanna Zack will be present to talk about their current works, and also discuss the relationship between art and nature at The Tree Museum.
This is a walk in the woods; there is a path not a road, so please park your car at the entrance. It is not wheelchair accessible. Some of the works are set up on the rocks, so some light climbing, you will need to wear hiking books or walking shoes. There is no restaurant on the site, so bring water, and bring a picnic. There is an outhouse near the Tree Museum artists’ residence.
TTM welcomes caring dog owners, but do remember not everyone is comfortable around dogs, so when other people are around please keep your dog on a leash.
The site is open year round, 10am to 6pm in the summer, and 10am to 5pm fall and winter (June is not the time to visit because of black flies). In September and October the colours are stunning, and with the changing seasons so too do the sculptures change
We are a 10-minute drive from Highway 11 along Doe Lake Road/Muskoka Road 6 brings you to a blue roadside sign marking THE TREE MUSEUM’S access point. Park your car in the field as you turn off Doe Lake Road.