What is in the Dionne Quintuplets Museum?


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The Dionne Quintuplets Museum, in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, includes images and documents outlining the lives of the five girls, born in 1934. Some of the items include information on Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, the delivering obstetrician, and their time spent in a specially built hospital where they were on display as a tourist attraction for nine years. Individual histories of the girls, named Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile and Marie are also on exhibit.

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Actual newspaper articles are kept at the museum, some dating back to their birth. Some articles are written by Dr. Dafoe and nurse De Kiriline, the girls' nurse. They outline the growth of the quintuplets and how they were interacting with their surroundings. Information on the girls' time at the special hospital is also included, as is the drama of the quintuplets being taken from their parents and placed under the guardianship of Dr. Dafoe.

Information on the girls' move to Montreal, the death of Emilie in 1954 from an epileptic seizure and the unexplained death of Marie in 1970 is also on display. Copies of the books written by the quintuplets, such as "We Were Five" and "Family Secrets: The Dionne Quintuplets' Own Story," written by the three surviving sisters in 1997, are on-site.

The story of the settlement between the Ontario Government and the surviving three sisters is also told. It outlines the payment of $4 million each for their time spent at the specialty hospital.

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