Friday, April 13, 2018

The Cereal Barn

This is the Cereal Barn, which for years was a grain research facility on the Experimental Farm. That work is done elsewhere on the Farm, and these days the barn sees different use as part of the Museum's circuit.

This wagon was out front. I'll be showing you its neighbouring wagon in my final post of the series.

Inside the barn, the space is quite open, and was set up as an obstacle course for little kids, with an Easter sort of theme. I expect this barn is used frequently as a jumping off point for school trips, and other various purposes.

Coming back outside, I photographed towards the south. The parking lot was full.

The path goes out past these two enclosures. In the background are the Horse And Cattle Barn on the left, and the Small Animal Barn on the right.

I'll take you inside down the line in this series.

This is on the north side of the path across from the Horse and Cattle Barn. The poultry house was empty as I came by- I expect that it's not winterized and that the animals spend the cold season over in one of the other barns. As my next few posts take place inside a building here that is not a barn, I will add this particular post to the weekly Barn Collective theme hosted by Tom.


  1. The cereal barn would be an educational awareness stopping point for my classes. But I despised field trips so probably would not have taken them to it! :) It's all very interesting. Can't believe all the cars in the parking lot.

  2. I love to see the inside! Is it all wood, this old building? Great architecture.

  3. What a wonderful building with the wood on the outside.

  4. Good to know that the cereal barn is put to good use for the kids. I am sure the kids enjoy the obstacle games and outings!

  5. The Cereal Barn... what a great name for a place! Who wouldn't want to hang out in a cereal barn! Raisin bran for me!


  6. ...I know that this 'kid' would love it there!

  7. Such a great opportunity for kids to learn where their food comes from!

  8. @Lowell: it was so busy there were cars parked out on Prince Of Wales Drive, where the parking lot entrance happens to be.

    @Aritha: yes, it appears to be all wood, or at least the overwhelming majority.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marleen: it certainly is.

    @Nancy: kids seemed to be enjoying it.

    @Janis: a different kind of cereal, anyway. I imagine some of the outlying buildings that look more like government buildings are where that work continues today.

    @Tom: you'd enjoy this museum.

    @Marie: it is indeed.

  9. Great to see there's a special place for the younger children.

  10. This looks like a great place to visit and one that I would enjoy. I like all things interesting. I also like the architecture of the building. Looking forward to seeing more!

  11. This is a very large facility. Chickens are very hardy and don't need an insulated facility. At home we had to gather eggs regularly before they froze.

  12. This is quite a big property to explore!

  13. Interesting post, William, that's a good use of the barn.

  14. @Jan: the kids who were in here as I was in here seemed to be having fun. And one of the staffers had Easter eggs for them as they were finished.

    @Michelle: it had been some years since I last visited here, and I enjoyed this visit.

    @Red: it's possible then that the chickens that are usually in there happened to be out for the weekend, or were sleeping out of sight. I saw some in another barn that I'll be showing in a coming post.

    @Sharon: it is. Most of the farm property is taken up with the crop fields and pastures. It's more than a thousand acres.

    @Karl: it is indeed.

  15. Fascinating barn and post ~ great shots too!

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. i gotta ask ... where is the cereal? i need a bowl or 2. Raisin Bran or Cheerios?? LOL!! so funny. ( ;

  17. The Cereal Barn is lovely. Nice photos.

  18. It's a grand barn and glad to see it's still being enjoyed.

  19. This place is huge! So many different barns!

  20. I like how they use the hay bales for seating. I'll bet the kids have loads of fun here!

  21. That takes me back! My daughter took her daughter on a field trip to the museum of science. Such fun!

  22. @Carol: thanks!

    @Beth: not that kind of cereal!

    @Orvokki: I like its style.

    @Mildred: it's a good use for the building.

    @RedPat: yes, and while I've shown most of those barns at least at a distance, there's still one barn in the collection that I have yet to show.

    @Jeanie: it's a good way to seat people.

    @Jennifer: I'll have to try the aviation and science museums in the fall, after my busy season ends.

  23. This looks like a great educational complex.

  24. I bet kids enjoy visiting there. I love that old wagon!

  25. It really looks a big place ...

    All the best Jan

    PS I keep meaning to say, I just love your header photograph, it is majestic. Every time I see it I like it more and more.

  26. What a dear building with stories to tell!

  27. I'm assuming the wagon has lost the rest of its boards. Otherwise the wagon would have been a cart.

  28. That is one impressive barn. I also like the wagon.

  29. What an interesting place. Cereal barn---the name along conjures up a myriad of 'things'.

  30. I love the spooky looking tree on the top of the first photo.

  31. The Cereal Barn--love the name!

  32. @Kay: it is!

    @Tamago: so do I.

    @Jan: and the Farm as a whole is a lot bigger.

    @Cloudia: indeed!

    @Mari: I tend to use the terms interchangeably.

    @Betty: it is!

    @MB: yes, you don't usually associate cereal with a barn.

    @Whisk: so do I.

    @Klara: it certainly is.

    @Norma: so do I.