What's On

Time travel couldn't be easier for you or your family. We offer year round, award-winning special events and productions. Note:  Schedule is subject to change.

Events & Programs

Download the 2019 brochure to see what's coming up this year at Pickering Museum Village. You can also view the event calendar for an up-to-date list of events.

Public Tours

Take a 1.5 hour guided tour of the museum village during the public open season. Tours offer interactive opportunities to explore Pickering's past with a knowledgeable Tour Guide. Tours start at 11:00 am, 12:45 pm, and 2:30 pm Wednesdays to Saturdays and at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45 pm on Sundays.

Prefer to explore the museum on your own? Self-Guided Interpretive Booklets are available (note: some access restrictions apply without a Tour Guide).

Choose from a variety of themed adventures to discover during your museum visit! Will you solve the mystery? Find the hidden caches? Spy something with your little eye? The adventure is yours to choose with a History Mystery Kit, complimentary with admission and available at the Gift Shop.

Kids in the Village 

Every Thursday in July & August, at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm, kids take over Pickering Museum Village! Registration is required, see the schedule below, and see you this Summer! 

Paper Roll Train  July 4
Clothespin Mountie July 11
Climbing Cornelius & Amelia  July 18 
D-Day Paratrooper  July 25 
Woven Friendship Bracelet August 1 
Ship in a Bottle August 8 
Button Buddies August 15 
Recycled Bird Feeder August 22 
Fall Colour Luminaries August 29 

 

Museum Minecraft

Saturday, July 20th

10:30 am to 4:00 pm

 

Back by popular demand! Unplug for the day and join us for our live version of the computer game. Team will Mine for resources throughout the Museum's Historic Village and craft items to get through our game levels.


To finish all levels of our game may take over 3 hours, so bring your lunch and spend the day! Last admission time is 3:00 pm for participating in Minecraft activities.


Please note: no computers are used in our live version of the game and running shoes are recommended!
Special Admission fees apply.

 

Tickets available here.

Museum MasterChef

Sunday, August 11th

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 

 

Based off the popular TV show, Museum MasterChef challenges the museum culinary historian group, the Vintage Victuals to form small teams and turn mystery ingredients into a delicious and period appropriate sweet or savoury dish. All dishes must be created using 19th century cooking/baking techniques. On this special day, guests will be able to see how food was prepared, smell the scents that will fill our historic village and taste the authentic creations that each teams makes. Once complete, teams will present their sweet or savoury dish to guests and you will have a chance to vote for your favourite.

 

Special Admission fees apply.

 

Tickets available here.

 A Spirit Walk:  Call to Rebellion

Durham Region's longest-running, award-winning original play about the Rebellion of 1837!  A Spirit Walk tells the story of Pickering's early settlement, the growing seeds of political and social discontent in Upper Canada, and the consequences of the rebels' decisions to take up arms.  The evening includes a candlelit walk through the scenes led by an actress in the role of Peter Matthews' widow, Hannah Matthews.

 

To purchase tickets click the links below.  For assistance please call the museum at 905.683.8401.

 

September 13, 2019 7:15 pm ~ Barbara Pleva as Hannah

September 13, 2019 7:30 pm ~ Jo-Anne Adams as Hannah

September 13, 2019 7:45 pm ~ Patty Seaton as Hannah

September 13, 2019 8:00 pm ~ Emer McCarthy-Wilson as Hannah

September 13, 2019 8:20 pm ~ Julie Oakes as Hannah

September 13, 2019 8:35 pm ~ Karen Kowalchuk as Hannah

September 13, 2019 8:50 pm ~ Marianne Froehlich as Hannah

 

September 14, 2019 7:15 pm ~ Kathy Stinson as Hannah

September 14, 2019 7:30 pm ~ Julie Oakes as Hannah

September 14, 2019 7:45 pm ~ Marianne Froehlich as Hannah

September 14, 2019 8:00 pm ~ Jo-Anne Adams as Hannah

September 14, 2019 8:20 pm ~ Emer McCarthy-Wilson as Hannah

September 14, 2019 8:35 pm ~ Barbara Pleva as Hannah

September 14, 2019 8:50 pm ~ Patty Seaton as Hannah

 

September 20, 2019 7:15 pm ~ Julie Oakes as Hannah

September 20, 2019 7:30 pm ~ Patty Seaton as Hannah

September 20, 2019 7:45 pm ~ Jo-Anne Adams as Hannah

September 20, 2019 8:00 pm ~ Marianne Froehlich as Hannah

September 20, 2019 8:20 pm ~ Karen Kowalchuk as Hannah

September 20, 2019 8:35 pm ~ Emer McCarthy-Wilson as Hannah

September 20, 2019 8:50 pm ~ Kathy Stinson as Hannah

 

September 21, 2019 7:15 pm ~ Karen Kowalchuk as Hannah

September 21, 2019 7:30 pm ~ Barbara Pleva as Hannah

September 21, 2019 7:45 pm ~ Julie Oakes as Hannah

September 21, 2019 8:00 pm ~ Kathy Stinson as Hannah

September 21, 2019 8:20 pm ~ Patty Seaton as Hannah

September 21, 2019 8:35 pm ~ Jo-Anne Adams as Hannah

September 21, 2019 8:50 pm ~ Emer McCarthy-Wilson as Hannah

Christmas in the Village

Sunday, December 1st

11:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

Step into the past and enjoy the holiday celebrations of Early Century Pickering Township. Visit Santa Claus at the General Store for a photo op, take a horse drawn ride through the streets, join a dance at Squire Jonathan’s Christmas Ball, and experience Welsh, Scottish, and Victorian traditions as the inhabitants bring our Village to life.


Backwoods Players present the “Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant”, and the Durham Storytellers share stories of Christmases past.

 

Tickets available here.

Culinary Programs

Mrs. Beeton’s Tea

Wednesday, July 17

11:00 am seating

Tea with Mrs. B.? Yes please! Mrs. Beeton was the Martha Stewart of her day, giving hints and directions on every aspect of cooking, baking, and housekeeping. Her savouries and sweets will tickle your palate, while we reveal the secrets and scandals of her life. Teas feature a handout of the recipes and costumed interpreters leading an interactive presentation on the tradition of tea throughout the courses of the meal.

 

Tickets available here.

 

Chocolate Tea

Sunday, October 6

1:00 pm seating

 

Calling all chocoholics!! Here’s an afternoon tea that will satisfy your chocolate cravings and give you a glimpse into the fascinating history of this decadent treat in Ontario and Canada. There will be plenty of yummy savoury items to balance the richness of the chocolate, and our costumed interpreters will also serve up tantalizing tidbits of chocolate facts which will surprise and entertain you.

 

Tickets available here.

 

Pastry Workshop

Saturday, October 26

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

Lose your fear of pastry-making in this fun and relaxing hands-on workshop. Our knowledgeable cooks will guide you through the tricks of making several types of pastry as you work with others in our heritage buildings to make both savoury and sweet pastry items. Lunch is included (you’ll be helping to make it!) and we ask you bring an apron and containers to take home your baked triumphs.

 

Tickets available here.

Victorian Dance Workshops and "Ball"

Saturday, October 19, 2019

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join us, and professional Dance Mistress Cathy Stephens, for a full-day of dance workshops and afternoon "ball".  Part 1 (10:00 am to 11:30 am) will be an introduction to Victorian dancing followed by a catered lunch; Part 2 (12:45 pm to 2:15 pm) will be Waltz and Polka of the 1860s.  Then, put your knowledge to action with a Victorian Dance from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Dancing will take place in the historic Odd Fellows Hall featuring a wooden floor perfect for dancing and easy on your feet and knees.  Period costumes are encouraged, but notrequired.  All participants will receive a souvenir dance card.  Dress code:  workshops, casual attire and comfortable shoes.  "Ball" formal or 1850 to 1870s era costuming.

 

Registration is required in advance.  Register online or call the museum village for more information 905.683.8401