Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

HistoricPlaqueEngThe Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is located in the annex of the former Rosamond Woolen Company in Almonte, Ontario. Constructed in 1867 this National Historic Site of Canada now features a blend of the old and new, all related to the history of the Mississippi Valley and the textile industry.

Exhibitions range from early mill history and period mill equipment to cottage industry and eclectic modern fibre art exhibitions. Our museum combines traditional static and working displays of textile equipment and processes with activities and events focusing on the region’s heritage, culture and role of the textile industry in the development of Canada.

Read more about our history here…

The MVTM Seeks Retired Teacher Volunteers

teacher_clipartThe Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is looking for retired teachers and other RTO/ERO members to volunteer their time with the museum on the “Mill Worker Project- Weaving the Story of a Fairer Canada”. Teachers will be asked to work with a small group of students to assist them in researching a mill worker and to create a museum display that will be showcased at the museum. We would also welcome anyone who does not wish to teach, but would be willing to help out with other aspects of the project. For further information please contact the MVTM Education Coordinator (volunteer), Gretta Bradley at glbradley@icloud.com or 613-256-4202

Linda Seccaspina blogs about our Museum – She likes it!

amatwwIf you read my story about the Ballygiblin Riots, you know there has been a deep rivalry between Almonte and Carleton Place for years. Last week I took a brave step for mankind, and visited the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte. Now get this Carleton Place citizens– Admin Assistant: Matthew Moxley, and Executive Director / Curator: Michael Rikley are extending a personal invitation to their Almonte Museum. I mean, look at that picture, they love us!

Read more here

Mississippi Mills Cultural Plan

MMCulturePlanThe Town of Mississippi Mills hired Miller Dickinson Blais to create a Municipal Cultural Plan; the report was completed in March of 2014.

On page 17 of the plan, under the section titled Celebrating and Conserving Cultural Heritage, the following was noted about Mississippi Valley Textile Museum:

… the Textile Museum received particular attention and praise as an important community asset. Given the strength of the Textile Museum, a number of individuals called for increased support for exhibition development and marketing to leverage the Museum as an anchor attraction and key to the visitor experience.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum has been working on a memory project focused on the lives of mill workers in the area, which will eventually be tapped in the creation of publications and exhibits.

Click here to see the full report.

Things To Do in the Ottawa Area


“Early settlers looked for waterfalls to power grist, saw, woollen and other mills and thereby establish prosperous villages. In downtown, visit a former grist mill transformed to craft beer brewery and restaurant, the Mill Street Brew Pub. Then venture into pretty mill towns such as Almonte and Manotick. In Almonte, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum preserves the spirit of the past, located in the 1840 Rosamond Woolen Mill. In Manotick, Watson’s Mill is an 1860s grist and flour mill located on the Rideau River.”

The museum was mentioned in this article written by Katharine Fletcher, published on the TravelThereNext website. You can read the full article here.

2014 Fall Newsletter

Enjoy learning what we have been up to at the museum and what is coming up! You can download the 2014 Fall Newsletter by clicking on the image.

2014 Fall Newsletter

MVTM’s Fall Newsletter

Ghostly walks, a great Fibrefest and a beautiful fashion show. Read all about recent events at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

Enjoy the newsletter, Michael Rikley-Lancaster