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Welcome to the Peterborough Museum and Archives, where we focus on preserving and celebrating the collective memories of our community – stories, images and traces of the people and the land.

The Peterborough Museum & Archives is open to the public by appointment only. To book your visit, please call the Museum during regular business hours, or book your visit online using the appointment scheduler. For more information, there is a complete list of updates on city-run services and programs.

Open hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and most Holidays: 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Book your visit today

Please use the online appointment scheduler, or call the Museum at 705-743-5180 during our regular business hours to book your preferred date and time to visit our permanent and temporary exhibitions. If you are hoping to conduct research in our Archives, please contact our Archivist by email. 

The maximum number of people allowed in each group is 10. 

Time slots are 50 minutes each, booked on the hour, with scheduled cleaning between visits. 

During your visit, you will have exclusive access to our exhibits - meaning you and those in your group will be the only visitors in the Museum! 

The safety of both visitors and staff is our top priority. Scheduled cleaning of touch points and washrooms will take place between visits. Hand sanitizer is available. Most of the interactive elements have been removed. Visitors must wear a facial mask or covering while on-site. 

COVID-19 precautions

While we are excited to once again be open to the public (starting July 6), we've introduced some changes that might affect your visit in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Visiting the Peterborough Museum & Archives is by appointment only - see above for more details on how to book your visit;
  • Only you and those in your group will be allowed in the museum alongside staff, so no need to worry about crossing paths with other visitors;
  • Screening questions will be available at front door for self-assessment purposes - we ask that you please stay home if you are feeling unwell or display any of the listed symptoms; 
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of all touched surfaces, washrooms, gift shop and payment terminals will be scheduled between visiting groups;
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout museum;
  • Gift shop is open, along with the ability to register for programs (in person) and make donations at our front reception desk (debit and credit preferred);
  • Staff and guests are to wear face masks; and
  • Most interactives have been pulled from our galleries, including dress-up clothes, puppets, blocks, trains and other toys, as well as touchscreens and other exhibit-related interactives. We understand that this might make it difficult when considering visiting the museum with your family and children, so we are working on including contactless interactive experiences.

Admission

Admission is by donation, although we suggest a donation of $10 per family or group.

Parking

We offer free parking at the parking lot on the east side of Museum Drive. Overflow parking is available further up Museum drive, atop Armour Hill.

Want to visit the Archives?

Access to the Archives is provided by appointment only. Please contact our Archivist to set up an appointment. If you are looking to do some specific research, please let us know what you are looking to find as we may be able to help get you started. 

Accessibility

We are an accessible facility with two accessible parking spaces located close to our entrance. We also have an accessible playground structure and strive to be compliant with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.

Bus route information

Use Peterborough Transit to get to the museum on route Weller #4 - you'll arrive at the museum's door 10 minutes after leaving the terminal. 

 

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.