A visit to the Pickering Museum Village will be different this summer 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.  When you visit please feel free to wear a mask if that makes you comfortable.
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.

Kids in the Village Onsite Program

Wednesdays in July & August

Join our costumed guide and learn a bit about what it was like living in Pickering Township one hundred and fifty years ago!  Program is 45 minutes in length which includes craft supplies and instruction.  The museum is not open for walk through tours of the village.

 

Cost per person is $5, free for Season Pass holders.  Registration is required in advance, click on the times below to register.  Group size is limited to 9 guests.

  

Wednesday July 15 ~ Mosaic Art

9:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

10:15 am in the Drive Shed

10:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

11:15 am in the Drive Shed

11:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

1:30 pm in the Redman Ballroom

2:30 pm in the Drive Shed

 

Wednesday July 22 ~ Cotton Sheep

9:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

10:15 am in the Drive Shed

10:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

11:15 am in the Drive Shed

11:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

1:30 pm in the Redman Ballroom

2:30 pm in the Drive Shed

 

Wednesday July 29 ~ Paper Quilt

9:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

10:15 am in the Drive Shed

10:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

11:15 am in the Drive Shed

11:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

1:30 pm in the Redman Ballroom

2:30 pm in the Drive Shed

 

Wednesday August 5 ~ Beaded Dragonfly

9:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

10:15 am in the Drive Shed

10:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

11:15 am in the Drive Shed

11:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

1:30 pm in the Redman Ballroom

2:30 pm in the Drive Shed

 

Wednesday August 12 ~ Arctic Landscape

9:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

10:15 am in the Drive Shed

10:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

11:15 am in the Drive Shed

11:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

1:30 pm in the Redman Ballroom

2:30 pm in the Drive Shed

 

Wednesday August 19 ~ Mammoth Creatures

9:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

10:15 am in the Drive Shed

10:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

11:15 am in the Drive Shed

11:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

1:30 pm in the Redman Ballroom

2:30 pm in the Drive Shed

 

Wednesday August 26 ~ Scarecrow Spinners

9:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

10:15 am in the Drive Shed

10:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

11:15 am in the Drive Shed

11:45 am in the Redman Ballroom

1:30 pm in the Redman Ballroom

2:30 pm in the Drive Shed

Kids in the Village Virtual Program

Wednesdays in July & August 1:30 pm

 

Join our costumed guide virtually and learn a bit about what it was like living in Pickering Township one hundred and fifty years ago!  Make a craft with supplies you have at home.

 

Cost is $5, free for Season Pass holders.  Registration is required in advance, click on the dates below to register.

   

Wednesday July 15: Mosaic Art.

Supplies: card stock, dry beans and seeds, pencil, glue.   Alternate supplies:  for card stock you can use box board like a cereal box.  Bean and seed ideas:  pinto beans, dark red kidney beans, black beans, black eye peas, cranberry beans, light red kidney beans, french beans, bush beans, lima beans, yellow split peas, red lentils, green lentils, yellow lentils, brown lentils, soy beans, mung beans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, yellow peas... basically any bean or seed can work!                             

 

Wednesday July 22: Cotton Sheep.

Supplies ~ googly eyes, cotton balls, marker, liquid glue, black construction paper, white paper, scissors.

                                   

Wednesday July 29: Paper Quilt. 

Supplies ~ card stock, multiple colours of construction paper, scissors, hole punch, markers, yarn, Bristol board, paint, glitter or other decorating options.

                                    

Wednesday August 5: Beaded Dragonfly.

Supplies ~ pipe cleaners, large beads, small beads, safety pins, buttons. 

                    

Wednesday August 12: Arctic Landscape. 

Supplies ~ paper, paint, paintbrushes, crayons, tape.

                  

Wednesday August 19: Mammoth Creature. 

Supplies ~ empty tissue box, paper towel or toilet paper rolls, white card stock, brown construction paper, white construction paper.

               

Wednesday August 26: Scarecrow Spinners.  

Supplies ~ paper plates, yarn, markers, liquid glue, brown construction paper, wooden skewer, orange construction paper, buttons or googly eyes.       

Family Culinary Saturdays Virtual Program

Saturdays in July and August 10:30 am

 

Gather your family together and learn how to make historical recipes with our costumed interpreters. Each virtual session is 45 minutes and features one of our historic kitchens.  Ingredient and supply lists will be provided for each week. 

Cost is $5, free for Season Pass holders.  Registration is required in advance, click on the dates below to register.

 

Saturday, July 11: Welsh Rarebit Sandwich.  

Saturday, July 18:  Peach Sorbet.

Saturday, July 25: Raspberry Sorbet.  

Saturday, August 1: Switchel. 

Saturday, August 8: The Aristocrat Sandwich. 

Saturday, August 15: Nutmeg Ice Cream.  

Saturday, August 22:  1905 Salad. 

Saturday, August 29: Cinnamon Toast Bread Sandwich. 

Drive-Thru Tours

Want to skip the online system?  Call 905.683.8401 Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm for customer assistance.

Tips for Registering for Drive-Thru Tours

  • Once you click the link below for either the Drive-Thru Storytelling tour or 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 leave a message.  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 Storytelling Tourdrive-thru map

Join Nellie 170 years ago during the time of Pickering's Boom as she takes
you on a guided audio tour by car of the Pickering Museum Village.

 

Every Friday, July 3 to August 28.  Tour times start every 10 minutes
beginning at 9:30 am.  Registration is required in advance, click here to register.

Cost per vehicle is $20, 30 minute experience (no Buses, RVs, or other large vehicles).  

 

Haunted Ghost Drive-Thru Tour

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.

 

Every Thursday, starting July 16 to October 29.  Tour times start every 5 minutes beginning at 7:00 pm.  Registration is required in advance, click here to register.

Cost per vehicle is $20, 25 minute experience (no Buses, RVs, or other large vehicles).  Recommended for 12+ years.  

 

Heritage Workshop Series Virtual Program

Making Fruit Fritters

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Fruit fritters are an easy treat to make in a cast iron frying pan on a woodstove - or right at home on your modern stove with a frying pan of your choice!  Enjoy watching our costumed cook prepare fritters in the historic Brougham Temperance House, and make it yourself, using the recipe provided.

Preregistration is required.  Cost $5.  To register click here.

 

Rhubarb Relish

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

You've made rhubarb pie, rhubarb cake, rhubarb crisp, and rhubarb muffins:  need another tasty way to use the rhubarb that keeps growing in your garden?  Watch our costumed cook make rhubarb relish on the woodstove in the historic Miller-Cole house, then try it yourself at home, using the recipe provided.  This relish is wonderful on pork, chicken, ... or even on ice cream!

Preregistration is required.  Cost $5.  To register click here.

Marmalade Steamed Pudding

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Looking for a different kind of dessert to make for your family?  Why not try a yummy marmalade pudding?  Learn the tricks of steamed pudding-making as you watch our costumed cook prepare this dessert on the historic Miller-Cole woodstove then try it at home, using the recipe provided.

Preregistration is required.  Cost $5.  To register click here.

Rural Runway Fashion Show

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Learn a few things about fashions in the backwoods from the early 19th to early 20th century, as you enjoy our "Rural Runway" of PMV volunteers strutting the online catwalk.  The fashions they wear have all been made, using historically accurate patterns and fabric, by the talented volunteer seamstresses in PMV's Nimble Thimbles group.

Preregistration is required.  Cost $5.  To register click here.

Hands-on Programs

 

First Nations Medicine Bag 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Medicine bags were small pouches made by First Nations people to hold sacred objects.  Learn the background to these bags and what was kept in them, and then make your own medicine bag, in which you can keep things which have meaning for you.  All supplies will be provided.

Advance registration is required and opens on January 1.  To register via ActiveNet click here.

 

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

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 and opens on January 1.  To register via ActiveNet click here.

Culinary Experiences

 

Bannock Cooking Workshop

Saturday, October 3, 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Learn how bannock was made in Pickering 150 years ago by First Nations people and early settlers.  Make your own bannock in this interactive workshop.

Advance registration is required and opens on January 1.  To register via ActiveNet click here.

 

Bounty of the Harvest

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Feel the soil between your fingers as you harvest fresh produce and herbs from our orchards and gardens.  Learn to prepare, pickle, or preserve it the way early Pickering inhabitants did.  This program includes hands-on harvesting, 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 in the Village

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

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.

 

Advanced tickets available starting in October.  Free for Season Pass holders.