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Photograph of Jelly Bean the black bear

Welcome to the Peterborough Museum & Archives' blog!

Hi everyone and welcome to the Peterborough Museum & Archives blog! This is a place where you can find extra content, resources, and information about our community, and the people and stories that come from here. My name is Jelly Bean. I’m a Canadian black bear and the Museum has been my home for almost 13 years!

The Peterborough Museum & Archives has had a few different names over the years. First it was called the Victoria Museum which was opened in 1891 at Inverlea Park.  Our current location was built in 1967 and the collection was renamed The Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday! The PMA is a historical museum located within the city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Found only a short distance from the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of the Peterborough Lift Lock, our museum has a history spanning well over a century. Did you know we are the second oldest historical collection of this kind within Ontario?

Front exterior of Peterborough Museum & Archives

We have permanent galleries that tell the history of the area, a temporary gallery that changes a few times a year, and an archive where you can do research with our archivist. Our archives holds thousands of linear feet of archival materials and over 45,000 artifacts are included in the collection!

We run summer camps and school programs and all kinds of events throughout the year to help people discover and fall in love the history of this community.

Book your visit today by going to our website and check out the online appointment scheduler, or by giving us a call at 705-743-5180.

Can’t wait to see you!

Sincerely, Jelly Bean the Bear