Past Exhibitions

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The Peterborough Museum and Archives has hosted dozens of temporary exhibitions since it opened in 1967. Borrowed exhibitions help us bring stories to Peterborough that are important to Canadians. Exhibitions produced in-house allow us to present artifacts not normally on display and to explore topics not covered in the long-term galleries. The temporary exhibition program also provides opportunities to highlight exhibitions developed by students in Fleming College's Museum Management and Curatorship program.

The following list represents recent major exhibitions we have had on display:

2019

  • Hockey: More Than a Game (Canadian Museum of History)

2018

  • Northern Owls (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • If the Shoe Fits: Fashion, Function, Footwear (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly (Canadian Aviation and Space Museum)
  • Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada (Canadian Museum of History)

2017

  • Arresting Images – Mug Shots from the Ontario Provincial Police Museum
  • Ebb and Flow, Stories of a River City (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • A Matter of Ownership: First Nations and Métis Objects in the Peterborough Museum and Archives Collection
  • Made in Canada, Really! (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Voices from the Engraver (Bank of Canada Museum)

2016

  • Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Building Identity: Discovering Peterborough's Architecture (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • What Lies Beneath: Canadian Shipwrecks of Lake Superior (Thunder Bay Museum)
  • The Life and Legacy of Sir Arthur Currie (Museum Strathroy-Cardoc)

2015

  • Scare-itage: Dare You to Look! (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Battleground: War Rugs From Afghanistan (Canadian Textile Museum)
  • Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • A Common Thread: our clothing, our stories (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)

2014

  • Portraits of the North (Manitoba Museum)
  • Stories of Sacrifice: Peterborough Remembers World War One (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Freemasonry: A History Hidden in Plain Sight (Bruce County Museum)
  • Egypt: Gift of the Nile (Royal Ontario Museum)

2013

  • War of 1812 (Canadian Museum of Civilization)
  • Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame (Canadian Science and Technology Museum)
  • Hands on Nature (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Lace Up! Canada's Passion for Skating (Canadian Museum of Civilization)

2012

  • Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied (West Parry Sound District Museum – Travelling Exhibition Partnership Program)
  • Sustainable Peterborough: Looking Back, Moving Forward (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Wind Work, Wind Play (Canadian Museum of Civilization)

2011

  • Arts of China (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Canada's Waterscapes (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • Bell-bottom Days: The 1970s (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Art From the Archives (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Child's Play (Haldimand County Museum and Archives)

2010

  • Off to the Lake (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program/ Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Places of Power: Objects of Veneration (Canadian Museum of Civilization)

2009

  • Quilt Stories: A Stitch in Time (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • The Bishop Who Ate His Boots (Old Log Church Museum, Whitehorse, Yukon)
  • 20TH Century Peterborough (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Our Feathered Friends (Canadian Museum of Nature)

2008

  • Remembering John McCrae (Guelph Civic Museum / Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • WarDrobe: Women's Fashion in World War Two (Kickshaw Productions)
  • Ready to Tear: 1960s Fashions (Kickshaw Productions)
  • Rocks and Minerals (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • Into the Fire: Peterborough Fire Department, 100th Anniversary (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Through the Voices of Beads – Iroquoian Beadwork (Royal Ontario Museum)

2007

  • Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans (Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature)
  • Stories from Near and Afar: 40 Years of Collecting (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Home Grown: From Birch Bark to Green Parks (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Fossils (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Sila – Clue in to Climate Change (Canadian Museum of Nature)

2006

  • Bats of Ontario (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Hands of a Master (Canadian Museum of Civilization)
  • Nostra Storia (Our Story) (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Count Your Pennies (Currency Museum)

2005

  • Passionate Vision (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • Voices of the Town: Vaudeville in Canada (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Proud Traditions (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • A Century of Celebration in Peterborough: 1905 – 2005 (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • A Snapshot of Peterborough at Play (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Shivers: A Study of Winter (Peterborough Museum and Archives)

2004

  • High Diversity (McGill University)
  • Moving the Community: The Peterborough Lift Lock (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Touch the Ground and Grow Roots: The Chinese Community in Peterborough (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Wonders of Waterfowl (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Once Upon a Time: Knights, Castles and Common Folk (Bruce County Museum)

2003

  • Nifty Fifties (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Sitting Pretty: History of the Toilet (Guelph Civic Museum – Travelling Exhibition Partnership Program)
  • Music, Myth and Magic (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • My Name is Nanuq: The Diary of a Polar Bear (Canadian Museum of Nature)

2002

  • Crystals to Gems (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • Light, Lens and Heart: Portraits from the Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Passages to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad (Welland Museum – Travelling Exhibition Partnership Program)
  • Military Memories: The Peterborough Experience (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Electricity in Action (Royal Ontario Museum)

2001

  • Egypt: Gift of the Nile (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Cry of the Loon (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied (West Parry Sound Museum – Travelling Exhibition Partnership Program)
  • Barely Wearable: Shocking Fashions (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Unearthed from the Past: Japanese Artifacts (Richmond Museum)
  • Childhood Memories: Dolls and Marionettes (Peterborough Museum and Archives)

2000

  • Noble Experiment: Temperance and Prohibition (Peterborough Museum and Archives – Travelling Exhibition Partnership Program)
  • Seeds in Disguise (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images (hosted at Bierk Art – Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Photo Contest Entries / Parks Studio II (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Peterborough Trivia (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Canada at Play (Royal Ontario Museum)
  • Whimmy Diddles to Wind-Ups: 150 Years of Toys (Peterborough Museum and Archives)

1999

  • Eddy Le Page and Family (Le Page and Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Captured Moments in Time: The Parks Studio Collection (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Archaeology: Can You Dig It? (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Salute to Scouting: 75 Years of Scouting in Peterborough (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Unravelling (Peterborough Museum and Archives)

1998

  • The Fur Trade (Parks Canada)
  • Here Comes the Bride (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Having a Great Time!: Postcards from the Collection (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Feelings in Fabric X (Kawartha Quilt Makers)
  • It's About Time (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Sacred Earth (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Winter (Peterborough Museum and Archives)

1997

  • Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans (Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature)
  • 100th Anniversary Exhibit (Peterborough Museum and Archives, Hutchinson House, Peterborough Historical Society and Lang Pioneer Village)
  • Peterborough Then and Now II (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Katherine Wallis (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Once Upon a Childhood (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Peterborough Group of Painters (Peterborough Group of Painters)
  • Canadian Contemporary Quilts (Rodman Hall)

1996

  • Pageant of Puppets (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Our Feathered Friends (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • Portraits of the Yukon (McBride Museum)
  • 'Til We Meet Again: Peterborough at War (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Awakening the Spirit II (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Peterborough Group of Painters (Peterborough Group of Painters)
  • Changing Clothes: Fashion of Life's Events (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Roy Studio and History of Photography (Peterborough Museum and Archives)

1995

  • The Seeing Brain (Ontario Science Centre)
  • Wild in the City (Canadian Museum of Nature)
  • Ducks Unlimited (Ducks Unlimited)
  • Showbiz: Past and Present (Peterborough Museum and Archives and Showplace Peterborough)
  • Working with Wood (J. Sharpe Collection – Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Peterborough: Then and Now (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Awakening the Spirit (Peterborough Museum and Archives)
  • Black and White and Read All Over (Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship program)
  • Roy Studio Collection / Denne Collection (Peterborough Museum and Archives)