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Each year we offer guests a look at artifacts that are not ordinarily on display in our heritage buildings. If you think you've seen all there is to see at the museum village, come back and check out our exhibits in the modest Temporary Gallery space off of the Gift Shop! Season Pass holders get an exclusive opportunity to "meet the specialist" just before each exhibit opens. If you don't have a pass, consider buying one this year.

Meet the Specialist

Seasons and Twin Pass Holders are invited to an exclusive evening at the museum village to speak with the exhibits specialist, and learn how each exhibit was researched, planned, and installed.  Each evening features a different Guest Speaker, and an amazing opportunity to get a “sneak peak” of the exhibit prior to it being open to the public.

Lines and Landscapes: The Maps and Art of Ebenezer Birrell

May 27 – July 20, 2014
Saturdays - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sundays - 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm

This exciting new exhibition at the Pickering Museum Village features prominent local resident Ebenezer Birrell (1800-1888).  A land surveyor and artist, his work has been collected and exhibited by Galleries across North America. Learn about his early life as a land surveyor in Scotland, his journey to Canada in 1834 and his significant contributions to the community both locally and provincially.  His story will be told through journal entries, reproduction images of his artwork, and seldom seen artifacts from the Birrell Estate.

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

July 23 – August 31, 2014
Saturdays - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sundays - 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Celebrating the Centennial of World War One, this exhibit not only honours the brave men fighting on the front lines, but examines the lives of those left behind.  Find out more about propaganda, pacifists and what sacrifices and contributions individuals, families and the community made for and to the War Effort. This exhibit features artifacts, letters, and photographs from Pickering families.  Sample ration cake in our gift shop.  Send a postcard showing your appreciation for soldiers and veterans who have fought for us in our lifetime.

A Family Story

September 3 - October 27
Saturdays - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sundays - 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Following the 1837 Rebellion, thousands of men were imprisoned across Upper Canada, to await trial as traitors.  Rebellion boxes were carved by these prisoners as mementoes for wives, mothers, and daughters by the prisoners at the Toronto Gaol only.  This box, bearing the words “Liberty” on one end, and “Equal Rights” on the other end was made by Asahel Scott of Pickering for his 5-year old daughter, and is the highlight of this rebellion-themed exhibit.