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Time travel couldn't be easier for you or your family. We offer year round,
award-winning special events and productions.

Check out our Community Calendar for more great events.

A Star Studded Night

April 26, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

New for Season Pass holders only!  An evening of star gazing and entertainment from the stars of our shows!  Enjoy a campfire including campfire songs with a twist!  Season Pass holders must reserve their spot by April 1, 2014.

Gears & Gourmet

June 7, 2014
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Food and steam are the main attraction at this event!  Check out the Gas & Steam Barn as they put some of our collection into action!  Enter the 4th annual Beard and Moustache Competition with a heritage twist!  Enjoy food from the gourmet BBQ and more. 

Summer Solstice Suppers

June 14 & 21, 2014
6:30 pm

World-class humour is served up alongside a full course meal circa 1850 shared with an intimate group.  Reserve your place at the table starting April 1.

History in Action Saturdays

Come to the museum on Saturdays to see History in Action!  Different themes throughout the summer:

May 31, 2014 ~ Blue Ribbon Baking 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Join us for a delicious competition between the houses.  Foods will be period appropriate to each building.  The Vintage Victuals will choose their recipe and prepare it hoping for the popular vote.  You be the judge!

June 14, 2014 ~ Once Upon a Saturday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Tell me a story from long, long ago - this fun filled day will feature stories, performances, and tall tales from the past.  Backwoods Players presents a Knights' Quest.  Enjoy a puppet show by the Pickering Public Library.

June 21, 2014 ~ History in Lights, Camera, Action! 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Pickering Museum Village has been the site of movie and documentary making for nearly 40 years.  From Canadian favourites "The Littlest Hobo" and "Anne of Green Gables" to the documentary "Inventions that Shook the World" and horror film "Mama", see how our quaint village was transformed.

June 28, 2014 ~ Dig Up Your Roots 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Come out and learn how to get started on tracing your family roots.  We'll have guest presenters, and instructors who can get you on the right track, and we'll even have some of our family trees of Pickering's founding families for you to view.

July 5, 2014 ~ Fascination with Fibre 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

We're all about threads this week.  We'll have quilts on display, along with wool carding, dyeing and spinning demonstrations, dewing, knitting, needle arts, and more!  Join us to explore the fascinating world of fibre!

July 12, 2014 ~ Survivor...Settler Style! 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

We challenge you!  We've set up stations, and provided you things to use to build.  The rest is up to you.  You have to work in teams to problem solve your way through the challenges, and see if you have what it takes to survive as a pioneer.

July 19, 2014 ~ Making it All Work 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This week's focus is all about skills and trades.  We'll have demonstrations running by various "pioneer" tradesmen.  And you can try your hand at some.  We'll also have guest presenters representing modern trades, for a bit of a career fair.  Come out and find out about work options then and now.

July 26, 2014 ~ It's Note-Worthy 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

It's a day of music!  Discover how music played a role in the lives of our ancestors, from the early 1800s to the era of WWI.  From hymns to popular songs, and from stringed instruments to the gramophone, music was a part of life for some, but not for others.  Find out more, and treat your ears!

August 2, 2014 ~ Night at the Museum 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This Saturday is totally active and it's in the evening, with a site-wide game of Capture the Flag.  In honour of the centennial of the start of WWI (which began August 8, 1914), the theme of the night's game is The Great War, with the Allies vs. the Axis.  But because it's 2014, we'll let you use whatever you want to build your strategy, including cell phones!  Come out and join the game!

August 9, 2014 ~ Amazing Pioneer Race 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Complete with detours, roadblocks, and a fast forward, come out to see if you can complete the race first!  (Tip:  you might want to call out your friends and family, so they can join you or compete against you!)  We'll be timing the teams and judging the completion of the tasks, and keeping a leader board in the Gift Shop and even on Facebook.  Who says history is boring!

August 16, 2014 ~ Timber, Trails, and Trekking 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Explore the great outdoors of our museum village site.  We'll be running creek walking activities, orienteering, forest fun, and interpretive hikes.  Get out and get active!

August 23, 2014 ~ Night at the Museum 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This Saturday is totally active and it's in the evening, with a site-wide game of Capture the Flag.  We're reprising the evening game, but with a change of theme:  The Rebellion of 1837!  The teams this night will be the Rebels vs. the Family Compact.  And again, since it's 2014, and not 1837, we'll let you use whatever you want to build your strategy, including cell phones!  Come out and join the game!

August 30, 2014 ~ Keep the Home Fires Burning 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Great Britain declared war on Germany on August 8, 1914, and suddenly Canada was at war.  Pickering's boys signed up, some never to return again.  Find out what those left behind did to support their boys at the front.  From ration recipes, to local propaganda, come out and get a taste of how Pickering kept the home fires burning. 

September 6, 2014 ~ Spirit of Rebellion 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Every September, PMV presents its dramatic play, "A Spirit Walk:  Call to Rebellion" about Pickering's part in the 1837 Rebellion.  Come out and learn more about how this march changed government in Canada forever, and the sacrifices our community's families made for political change.  See our museum's treasured rebellion box, and learn how these amazing trinkets were handcrafted by the rebels in Toronto Jail.  Also enjoy our temporary exhibit:  "A Family Story:  The Asahel Scott Box".

Harvest Suppers

August 9 & 16, 2014
6:30 pm

World-class humour is served up alongside a full course meal circa 1850 shared with an intimate group. Reserve your place at the table starting April 1.

A Spirit Walk

September 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2014
September 11 and 18, 2014 (students only)  Teachers, book your class now!

Join Backwoods Players for this award-winning dramatic play of the events that led to the Rebellion of 1837 and how Pickering took part.  Tickets go on sale April 1 and cost $18.00.

Hallowe'en Harvest

October 26, 2014
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Capture the flavour of fall and celebrate Hallowe'en in our pioneer community with heritage food, crafts, and activities.  See the fortune teller and listen to ghost stories.  Includes the Gas & Steam Barn at full tilt!  Enter the Pickering Museum Village Foundation's annual Rubber Duckie Race.  Fall fun for the family.

Christmas in the Village

December 7, 2014
12:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Visit with the inhabitants of the pioneer village as they share their holiday customs.  Enjoy Scottish Hogmanay, Welsh traditions, Victorian English Christmas celebrations, Squire Jonathan's Christmas Ball, and walk in the woods to see how Pickering's first settlers struggled in the wilderness.  Backwoods Players presents the Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant free with admission. 

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