Exhibitions and Events

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The Peterborough Museum and Archives is a family friendly facility. We offer exhibits and events all year round that all members of the family can enjoy.


There are many children's activities offered in each exhibition. We encourage our young visitors to explore with their eyes and their hands. Kids can enjoy our collection of puppets, dress-up clothes, train set, cozy corner, scavenger hunts, and backpack adventures.

Each year we offer several temporary exhibitions presenting a variety of topics. View our list of past exhibitions to see what we have previously hosted. You can also find out what is currently on display by visiting our featured exhibitions.

Our permanent exhibition tells a chronological history of Peterborough.

The story begins in Nogojiwanong (which translates to "The place at the end of the rapids") and the Indigenous communities that lived off the land and waterways in this area. We then learn about the early relationships that formed with Europeans during the fur trade. Later, in 1825, Irish immigrants settled here under the supervision of Peter Robinson – a member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada. Twenty-five years later, Peterborough is incorporated as a town, with a population of 2,191. Agriculture and lumber industries are the two major reasons for growth at this time. Peterborough would also see extensive industrial growth as it begins generating hydro electrical power - known to be one of the first Canadian cities to do so. This proved to be an attractive and cheap resource harnessed by companies such as Edison General Electric Company (later, Canadian General Electric) and the American Cereal Company (later to become Quaker Oats).

Upcoming exhibits

The following table outlines the scheduled, temporary exhibits that will be on loan or curated in-house
Dates Exhibit title Curated by
December 14, 2019 to May 18, 2020 Exploring Ancient Routes: Highlights from the Robert L. Hunter Map Collection Trent University Library and Archives
Canceled due to college closure A Tale of Two Twenties: Peterborough in the 1920s & Today Fleming College Museum Management & Curatorship 
May 23, 2020 to September 27, 2020 Cipher-Decipher Canadian Museum of Science & Technology
October 3, 2020 to December 13, 2020 Snapshots of Peterborough Peterborough Museum & Archives
December 19, 2020 to March 21, 2021 Flora of the Canadian Arctic Canadian Museum of Nature