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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.

Please note that the Museum is temporarily closed to the public until April 13, 2020. This closure is part of the City's response to COVID-19. For more information, there is a complete list of updates on city-run services and programs.

In addition to the Museum's closure, all City playground equipment has been closed on the recommendation of Peterborough Public Health due to the limited cleaning and sanitization practices for outdoor playground equipment. Other shared outdoor recreation facilities are also closed around Peterborough. 

Want to visit? Here's when we're open:

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Holidays: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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. 


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


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.


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 by hoping on the Ashburnham #11 bus route.

If you would like the bus to drop you off at our front entrance, you will need to tell the bus driver. Otherwise, you will need to get off at the bus stop located at Times Square (211 Hunter Street East) and walk up Museum Drive.

When leaving the museum, the bus will pick you up at the door, but a call must first be place to Transit dispatch. Ask for more details at the museum's reception desk.

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.