About the Museum

COVID-19 Update at the Museum 

The Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives is pleased to be welcoming guests again as of Wednesday, July 28, 2021 with the following safety precautions put in place.

  • Hours of operations are Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed between 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.) 
  • The museum will have no more than 50% capacity inside the museum at one time. Museum capacity limits will be posted outside museum building, research room and Great Hall.
  • Only one family/group will be permitted inside the designated admission area at one time. Signage and markers will be installed outside of the front door to indicate when visitors may enter the building.
  • Visitors must adhere to the one way signage inside the museum that will help direct traffic and allow for physical distancing.
  • Staff will record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • Hand sanitization stations will be located at front entrance and patrons will be encouraged to use them when entering the building.
  • Access to the research room will be limited to appointments only.
  • Visitors will 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.
  • Physical distancing and face masks are required.
  • Rentals are now permitted, please contact the museum for more details.

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 30
Tuesday to Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

Summer Hours (July & August)
Monday to Saturday
9:30 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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