A visit to the Pickering Museum Village will be different this summer and fall to keep our visitors and staff safe.  We will be open only for pre-booked programs and tours, at this time there are no walk through visits.   As of July 10, 2020 the Region of Durham mandated the use of non-medical masks or face coverings in all commercial establishments, this includes the museum.  Please bring your mask with you.
Time travel couldn't be easier for you or your family. Note:  Schedule is subject to change.
NEW!  Check out the museum from the comfort of home!  Visit our Virtual Museum.  Also check out the word searches, puzzles, and activities on our Resources page.

Events & Programs

You can also view the event calendar for an up-to-date list of events.

Haunted Ghost Drive-Thru Tours

Click here for tickets (not mobile friendly) or skip the online system and call 905.683.8401, Tuesday and Wednesday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and Thursday to Saturday noon to 8:00 pm for customer assistance.  


Take a driving tour of the historic village at night and hear stories from the past that still haunt us today. Learn about paranormal investigations that have found evidence of spirits and ghosts, and hear stories of past.  Tour times start every 5 minutes beginning at 7:00 pm, see below for list of dates offered.  Cost per vehicle is $20, 30 minute experience (no Buses, RVs, or other large vehicles).  Recommended for 12+ years. 

Registration is required in advance, click here to register or call 905.683.8401.

Tips for Registering for Drive-Thru Tours

  • Once you click the link below for the Haunted Ghost Drive-Thru tour you will be taken to our ticket system
  • Click on the Enroll Now button near the top right corner of the screen
  • Log in to your existing account or create a new account
    • Information for new account includes name, address, telephone, DOB, and email address.  You do not have to add all family members to your account.
  • Select the date(s) and time(s) you would like to register for and add to cart
  • You can look for more program offerings or check out
  • If you experience any difficulties please call the museum at 905.683.8401 and press 0 for live assistance Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Or leave a message and a member of our team will call you back as soon as possible Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • If you are using a mobile device click on "Try visiting the full site" if you receive a message about not available on mobile devices.

drive-thru map

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Early Settler Onsite Tours

Have the children missed out on field trips the last few months? 

Looking for something to do outside the house with your family or social bubble? 

Join us for a 50-minute tour focusing on Early Settlement in Pickering.  Featured buildings will include the Log House, Log Barn, and Blacksmith Shop.  Although this tour is designed to meet the Grade 3 curricula, and will include a toy for school children to make and take, it is easily adaptable to multi-generational and adult groups.  Note:  We will follow current COVID-19 guidelines; group maximums will be observed; and members of the group must be from the same social bubble.  Groups have no minimum and can be up to 9 guests.

$50 per booked group (plus tax).  Offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Advanced registration required, call 905.683.8401.

Hands-on Programs

1850s Apprentice Workshop:  Blacksmith

Saturday, October 17, 2020 or Sunday, October 18, 2020

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Become a blacksmith apprentice for a day and learn how to forge at Pickering Museum Village's blacksmith shop.  Join us for a project based workshop, where you will learn the basics of blacksmithing, as well as the skills needed to be a 19th century blacksmith.

Advance registration is required and opens on January 1.  To register via ActiveNet click the date October 17 or October 18.

Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, November 21, 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm ~ SOLD OUT

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ~ SOLD OUT

Deck your halls with a lovely evergreen wreath-made by you!  You'll gather fragrant boughs from our woods and then warm up with a hot beverage and cookies.  Our horticultural guru will show you how to fashion them into a seasonal masterpiece, complete with ribbon and natural accents like pine cones and bittersweet.  Bring a basket, garden gloves and a set of clippers for harvesting your boughs.

Advance registration is required.  

Culinary Experiences

Bounty of the Harvest

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Learn to prepare, pickle, or preserve the harvest the way early Pickering inhabitants did.  This program includes a heritage food recipe, a mini food prep session, and an opportunity to take home what you've made.  Everything can be made in your kitchen at home!  

Advance registration is required and opens on January 1.  To register via ActiveNet click the dates below.

October 3:  apples, orchards and apple crisp;

October 17: parsnips, root vegetables and preserves; 

October 31:  pumpkins, squash and pickles.

Christmas Drive-Thru Tour

Visit the museum this holiday season and experience the spirit of Christmas through the brand new Christmas Drive-Thru Tour.  Journey back through the years to learn how our popular Christmas traditions started.  Hear how Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came to be and when his Christmas carol first started.  End your tour with a safe-distanced visit with Santa Claus!

Tickets are timed entry, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Tour time is approximately 35 minutes.  Pre-registration required in advance, click the link on the times in the dates below or call 905.683.8401.  Cost per vehicle is $20 plus tax.

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