Dr James Naismith Museum

A museum about local lad James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

From 1989 until 2009 the early collection of Naismith artifacts was known as the Naismith Museum and Hall of Fame.  Since 2009, the Hall of Fame artifacts have been in the possession of Canada Basketball.

In 2011, the Naismith collection found permanent residence at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, a shared space with the R.Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum.  It is a story come full circle, as the two men were boyhood friends and further known as the Brothers of the Wind.

The museum contains pictures and artifacts from Naismith’s past and a brilliantly laid-out story about his life.  The museum also contains the very rock of which Naismith played his childhood game of “Duck on a Rock” — the game that set the foundation for the rules of basketball.

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