Annual Reports

View or download the Cultural Services Annual Report for 2021.

View or download the Pickering Museum Village Annual Report for 2020. 

The Greenwood Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith shop was renovated in 2021 and 2022 with funding from the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada. Construction of the building was completed by City of Pickering Capital Assets team, and the exhibit was led by the Museum Conservator, with the assistance of the staff team, volunteers and partners. The exhibit explores the history of the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop and the importance of blacksmithing in Ontario in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The blacksmith shop also has free online educational activities in both French and English.

View the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop: 175 Years of Innovation 2022 Report.

Heritage Spaces Funds Announcement 

Ms. Jennifer O’Connell, Member of Parliament (Pickering-Uxbridge), announced $4 million in funding for the Pickering Museum Village. She made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund support will go towards the construction of the Pickering Heritage & Community Centre at the Pickering Museum Village.

The new 40,000-square-foot facility will house the city’s archives, local history and museum collection, theatre and exhibition space, as well as programming space for educational programs.

View the full media release here. 

New Pickering Heritage and Community Centre 

As the first new community centre in Pickering in the last 18 years, this project has the opportunity to encompass Pickering’s rich heritage, while looking forward to the next generation. Located at the entrance to the Pickering Museum Village, the new building will bring together the museum, library and community centre into one dynamic facility.

Thank you for your input! The Open House Consultations were a success and we can't wait to share more details about this new facility in the next few months. To stay updated, please register to the PMV eNewsletter

Photo Gallery: PHCC will appear here on the public site.

Cultural Tourism Initiative

In 2020, the Pickering Museum Village received $150 000 in funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage to create a Cultural Tourism Initiative for the region. The PMV teamed up with Central Counties Tourism, Durham Tourism, and many partner organizations to create tourism routes throughout Durham Region.

Three tourism routes were launched in 2021: the Anne & Maud Experience, partnering with Pickering and Uxbridge stakeholders; Drama in Durham - War on Whisky, partnering with numerous breweries, wineries, and cultural organizations in South Durham; and Haunted Durham, a spook-tacular tourism route for all things haunted.

Read the press release on the Drama in Durham - War on Whisky tourism experience here.

Reports on the Cultural Tourism Initiative:

Shaping the Future of Pickering Museum Village

We would like to thank everyone who participated and provided input in the PMV Strategic Plan Focus Group Sessions, Interviews and Surveys. Your opinions are invaluable, and helped us to create strategic goals.

The final Pickering Museum Village Strategic Plan (2018-2023) is now available.  

Our Vision

Pickering Museum Village will be a community hub where people come together to learn, share stories, and build relationships through progressive, fun, and vibrant experiences.

Our Mission

Pickering Museum Village will ignite imaginations through a living history museum that fosters a connection to Pickering by collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts and social culture.

Our Values

Pickering Museum Village’s approach is based on the following values (definition of value is for this document only):
  • Authentic – The Museum is committed to presenting a venue, programming, and interpretation accurately for the time period depicted.
  • Inclusive – The Museum is committed to providing diverse, meaningful accessibility to all, whether through language, physical ability, age, etc.
  • Respectful – The Museum is committed to being purposeful and considerate in the representations of and interactions with artifacts, the public, volunteers and staff.
  • Unique – The Museum is committed to creating experiences and learning opportunities that are unique.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Preserve artifacts, knowledge, and skills
  • Build strategic relationships and awareness to raise PMV profile
  • Deliver accurate, high quality programming
  • Site optimization
  • Develop human resources

Combination Barn Report

The combination barn was the first significant redesign of a permanent exhibit at the museum since the 1970s. Construction of the building was completed by City of Pickering Capital Assets team, and the exhibit was led by the Museum Conservator, with the assistance of the staff team, volunteers and partners. The exhibit explores farming in Ontario in the 1850s-70s and highlights the Pickering farmers who led the province in purebred stockbreeding.

Each stall was given a theme with hands-on activity stations designed to be fun, educational and connect directly to Pickering’s history of farming.

View the full report here. 

Collections Storage Project

The Collections Storage and Shelving Project undertaken by the Pickering Museum Village was a three phase project designed by the Museum staff to inventory, clean, pack and relocate artefacts from four buildings; Blacksmith Shop, Upper Site Warehouse, Gate 3 Drive Shed, and the Log Barn. These four buildings are all scheduled for construction and repair work that will allow the Museum to utilize these spaces more effectively, improve storage conditions, and better secure artifacts stored and displayed within them.

View the full report here.