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Marie Dressler Museum, Cobourg

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The Marie Dressler Museum (MDM) is located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, inside the charming heritage house in which Marie Dressler was born in1868.

The house itself was built in 1833, and was of simple design: two rooms off each side of a central hallway. Yet it contained embellishments suited to a family of means: high ceilings, large windows, impressive mouldings and an elaborate front door. Marie's family, the Koerbers, rented the house from the owner, John Field, for $8 / month.

Marie left her Cobourg home at the age of 14 to pursue her dream of becoming a stage performer, and her family eventually moved to the United States shortly after. By the time of Marie's death in 1934, the Field family had taken up residence in the house.

In the years to come, Dressler house remained an integral part of the Cobourg community. By 1937, the Field family had transformed their home into a restaurant in response to Marie's many loyal fans who begged the chance to see the house. The restaurant flourished and drew tourists to Cobourg for years, until a severely damaging fire broke out in the restaurant kitchen in 1989.

To cover the house's restoration costs after the fire, a huge fundraising campaign was led by District Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Patchett with major support from the Marie Dressler Foundation Board. The fundraising campaign was a huge success and the house was restored, becoming the Chamber of Commerce Office in the early 1990's.

As of 2016, the Dressler house is now home to the Marie Dressler Museum. The MDM has reimagined the house's previously existing Marie Dressler memorabilia display and has installed a brand new permanent museum exhibit: From Cobourg To Hollywood: the Story of Marie Dressler. The permanent exhibit occupies one half of the house, while the town of Cobourg Visitor Information Office occupies the remaining half.
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  • We are fortunate to have real historical places right here in Cobourg. You can't miss the Marie Dressler Museum as it's right on the main street. Plenty of parking, just a short visit is all it takes....  more
    We are fortunate to have real historical places right here in Cobourg. You can't miss the Marie Dressler Museum as it's right on the main street. Plenty of parking, just a short visit is all it takes....  more »
  • The recently re-designed Marie Dressler Museum in the "Dressler House", Cobourg is a pleasant surprise. The new exhibits have replaced the dusty old ones that used to be there and they make good use.....  more
    The recently re-designed Marie Dressler Museum in the "Dressler House", Cobourg is a pleasant surprise. The new exhibits have replaced the dusty old ones that used to be there and they make good use.....  more »
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  • An expertly curated museum celebrating the incredibly talented and Hollywood’s finest Marie Dressler (born here in Cobourg).

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