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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 for gift shop visitors, by appointment. Exhibits are currently closed, but scheduled to open at the commencement of Step 3 in Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen plan. Future visits can be planned by making an appointment online, or by phoning 705.743.5180 during regular business hours.

Open hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Gift shop open, exhibitions closed)
Saturday, Sunday and most Holidays: closed until Step 3 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen plan

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. If you are hoping to conduct research in our Archives, please contact our Archivist by email. 

The maximum number of people allowed in the gift shop is 6 during Step 1 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen plan. 

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

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

Do not book an appointment or visit the museum if:

  • You or anyone in your group are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19;
  • A doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home);
  • In the last 14 days, you have been identified as a "close contact" of someone who currently has COVID-19;
  • In the last 14 days, you have received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone and are currently awaiting a negative test result; and/or
  • In the last 14 days, you have travelled outside of Canada, and are not exempted from federal quarantine as per Group Exemptions, Quarantine Requirements under the Quarantine Act.

COVID-19 precautions

  • Visiting the Peterborough Museum & Archives is by appointment only - see above for more details on how to book your visit;
  • 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;
  • 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 is by donation, although we suggest a donation of $10 per family or group.


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. 


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.