Featured Exhibition

Promo Image for Past Presents Exhibition

Each year we offer several temporary exhibitions presenting a variety of topics. Visit the upcoming exhibitions schedule to learn more about what is booked to be on display, or view our list of past exhibitions to see what we have previously hosted. 

The Peterborough Museum & Archives is open! Face masks must be worn, and self-screening for COVID-related symptoms are required prior to entry. Group size is limited to 10. Access to the Archives is by appointment. 

Past Presents

On exhibition December 11, 2021 to March 20, 2022

As the old adage goes, it's better to give than to receive. This winter, the Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA) presents its newest exhibition: Past Presents will share stories of various gifts that were given and received from those in our community. 

“I'm hoping this exhibit brings back some nostalgic feelings for visitors," said Kim Reid, Curator at the PMA. "Past Presents is an exhibit that's been curated in-house, using artifacts from our own permanent collection that were donated by people who once lived in Peterborough. We want visitors who see these gifts on display to have moments to enjoy their own fond memories of some of their own past presents. This exhibition will surely put you in the gift-giving spirit this holiday season."

The exhibition features a variety of artifacts - each of which have their own unique story about the context in which they were given as a gift. Objects range in age, dating from as early as the 1880s through the 1960s. Included in the displays are a collection of dolls, quilts, small appliances, and children's toys among other items.

The Peterborough Museum & Archives will host "Warm Up to your Museum" on Sunday, December 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. This event will feature holiday-themed shopping including demonstrations of furoshiki - a Japanese-style of gift wrap using fabric that is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper. The augmented reality sandbox will be open, giving families a chance to experience this newest tool used for educational programming. All purchases from the gift shop during the event will also receive complimentary gift wrapping.                                                

Past Presents is the final temporary exhibition presented at the Peterborough Museum & Archives in 2021. The exhibition will be on display at the PMA from December 11, 2021 to March 20, 2022. Admission is by donation. 


Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that the Peterborough Museum & Archives is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaty First Nations, which include Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.

The Peterborough Museum & Archives respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity, and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.