About the Museum

Please note: Due to the new provincial restrictions, the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives will be closed until further notice as of January 5, 2021. If you have any inquires, please call the museum at 705-549-2150 or email us at museum@penetanguishene.ca

COVID-19 Precautions at the Museum

Under the Provincial plan to safely reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the long-term, beginning on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, visitors to the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives will be required to provide proof of vaccination (POV) against COVID-19, removing capacity limits and physical distancing requirements within the facility. 

When entering the Museum, visitors will be greeted by staff and must provide POV and valid identification if they are eligible for the vaccine.

Medical exemptions apply, however proof is required in the form of a written document along with valid identification.  Documentation must be supplied by a physician or Registered Nurse in the extended class and include the effective time period for the exemption.

Before entering the Museum, visitors are asked to have the following documents ready:

  1. Proof the visitor has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their visit. To download your vaccination receipt, please visit: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/
  2. Valid identification. Examples of acceptable identification documents include the following:
  • Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver's Licence
  • Government issued ID card (Ontario or other)
  • Health Card
  • Indian Status Card/Indigenous Membership Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card

Access to the research room will remain limited to appointments only and masks rules are still in effect. Visitors will also still be required to self-assess their health and will be encouraged to NOT visit our museum if there is any possibility that they may have contracted or have come into contact with COVID-19. 

About the Museum

The past of the most historic town west of Quebec City is proudly displayed in the 135-year-old Centennial Museum. Built in 1875 by Karl Maxillian (Charles) Beck the former C. Beck Lumber office and General Store became the Town's Museum in 1967 in celebration of the Country's 100th birthday. Condemned to close in 1991, an extensive fundraising campaign by the Friends of the Museum saved it.

Quick Facts

  • The museum's Timber Bay Gift Shop is the perfect place to purchase your Penetanguishene souvenirs or gift for those back home.
  • An active and vital genealogical research center is maintained by dedicated and friendly volunteers.
  • The museum's Great Hall, grounds and 20 × 40 tent are available for rental for meetings, workshops, parties, family reunions, and weddings.
  • Located on the shores of Penetanguishene Bay, the Museum grounds offer a quaint and beautiful setting for gathering of music and tales of our heritage.

Gift Shop

The museum is pleased to offer curb-side services. Curbside orders will be processed by telephone and are subject to staff availability. All pick-ups will be appointment based and pre-payment is required.

Hours of Operation

September 1 to June 1
Monday to Friday  - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

Summer Hours (June to August)
Monday to Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

*Holiday Hours*
Closed on Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Eve at noon to New Years Day.

Admission: By Donation

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