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Arts, Culture and Heritage

The official City of Peterborough crest in colour. Free in Peterborough is a resource guide for activities to do, and places to see in Peterborough and area.  If you are interested in posting anything on this website please call the City of Peterborough's Recreation Department at 705-742-7777 x1873.

Art Gallery of Peterborough

The gallery is a non-profit public gallery dedicated to exhibiting and collecting visual works of art by artists from the immediate area, region and nation. The Gallery is located on the shore of Little Lake beside Del Crary Park. The exhibitions are augmented with programs of films, lectures, workshops and much more. There are always new and exciting events taking place so make sure to check out the website at Admission is free and the building is wheelchair accessible.

Gallery Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm during the winter and Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and weekends 11:00 am - 5:00 pm during the summer months.

Canadian Canoe Museum

The Canadian Canoe Museum is an engaging, family-friendly place that offers a fascinating look at Canadian history as seen from a canoe. Free Thursday Nights continue in 2015! Enjoy the world’s best collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft throughout the year. Open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with guided tours at 7pm and free admission for all! Check out the Canadian Canoe Museum website for more information. 


Gallery on the Lake

Features an extensive collection of artwork, this is one of Canada’s largest retail art galleries with original artwork displayed. Visit the website at  The Gallery is located at 31 Gallery on the Lake Road, Buckhorn ON.


Lang Pioneer Village Museum

Lang Pioneer Village Museum was established by the County of Peterborough in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors from around the world take a trip back in time to discover how the pioneers lived. Located roughly 20 minutes South East of Peterborough. Check out for more information on the inexpensive rates.


Market Hall Performing Arts Centre

Market Hall is unique in Peterborough and the region in its support of artists, and in its commitment to engaging young people in the arts. Market Hall is wheelchair accessible and provides a hearing assist system. For a list of free upcoming events, check out the website.


Peterborough Museum and Archives

Located on Museum Drive at 300 Hunter Street East (Ashburnham Memorial Park -Armour Hill). Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and weekend and holidays 12:00 - 5:00 pm. Admission is by donation. Come and see the permanent exhibits on the history of Peterborough, rotating exhibits on science, nature, arts and crafts, and history and culture. A great place for a picnic, as they are located in a scenic area with plenty of free parking. For a list of events and fun activities check out the website at

The Peterborough Historical Society

Peterborough Historical Society Meetings are held in the Peterborough Public Library Auditorium located at 345 Aylmer St. These meetings are free to the public. For more information and a listing of planned speakers please email: or visit the website

Whetung Ojibwa Crafts and Art Gallery

Located in the heart of Curve Lake Indian Reserve. Offers Indian crafts, fine art, sculptures, masks, leather, clothing, jewellery, music and books. Admission and Parking is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. Open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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