General Admission

Starting in 2023, all admissions, program registration, and program check-ins will take place at our Gate 3 entrance. General Admission can be purchased on-site. 

Hours & Pricing

General Admission Adults                                     $10.50 (incl. tax)
General Admission Student/Senior                    $9.50 (incl. tax)
General Admission Children (3-12 years old)   $7.50 (incl. tax)
General Admission Family                                     $32 (incl. tax)


July & August

Wednesday – Friday: 12 pm – 6:30 pm (last admission at 5:00 pm)

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4:30 pm (last admission at 3:00 pm)



September 1st (12 pm to 6:30 pm) and September 3rd  (10 am to 4:30 pm)

September 2 CLOSED


Note:  Schedule is subject to change.


Guests are welcome to choose from one of our audio tours below as part of their General Admission price.

1920s Audio Tour

Journey back in time to the Roaring 1920s through this self-guided audio tour of the Pickering Museum Village. Learn about Pickering’s toe-tapping music scene and how the dry days of prohibition led to bootlegging.  Included in General Admission.


Presented as part of Drama in Durham: War on Whisky tours through South Durham.  After your visit to the museum, Download the Temperance & Temptation podcast and self-guide driving tour to visit local micro breweries and learn how the Bluenoses who supported Temperance openly clashed with the bootleggers and moonshiners who defied the movement.

Nellie's Audio Tour

Join Nellie 170 years ago during the time of Pickering’s 1850s Boom as she takes you on a self-guided audio tour of the Pickering Museum Village.  Included in General Admission.

Events & Programs

Our ticketed programs return May 10, 2023! Registration is available online through links below.  For registration assistance please call 905.683.8401.  Phones are answered Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and during evening or weekend programs.

Pickering Fairy Tour


$41 per group up to 6 people| All ages

Sept 9 & 10, Sept 16 & 17, Sept 23 & 24

10:15 am - 3:15 pm ( Groups leave every 5 minutes)

Pickering's picturesque forest, village and gardens are home to not only some incredible natural creatures, but also some magical ones.  Locate and visit a series of whimsical fairy, elf, and gnome homes scattered in the village and forest and learn about the history and folklore of the magical creatures of the forest.  Pickering Fairy Tour is an opportunity to see their world up close.


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Fairy Door Workshop

$10.62 per person | Ages 4+

Sept 9 & 10, Sept 16 & 17, Sept 23 & 24 at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Create your very own whimsical fairy door in this hands-on craft program! Book on it’s own or as an addition to the Pickering Fairy Tour. 

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Escape the Cabin


$82 per group up to 6 people| Ages 12+

September 28 - October 28
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:30 pm


The year is 1837. The Upper Canada Rebellion has failed, and you and your rebel comrades are on the run from the local authorities. Remember – treason is a hanging crime these days. Thankfully, just as the militia are catching up, Mr. Smith offers you refuge in his cabin. What seems like a blessing at first quickly turns into a nightmare – once inside the cabin, you notice with dread that you have been tricked and locked inside. You and your group must escape the cabin and regain your freedom before Mr. Smith returns with the militia, and you go from rebels to prisoners. Good luck – your life may depend on it.


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Pickering Ghost Walk

$22.57 per person| Ages 12+  

September 28 - October 28

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm


Lead through the Village by lantern-light, this spine-tingling tour will turn even the toughest cynic into a believer…of the supernatural! Learn about the paranormal investigations that have taken place on site, hear the Museum’s most infamous staff stories, and uncover the tragedies that have occurred in Pickering’ past.


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Blacksmith Jewelry Making Workshop


$53.10 per person| Ages 12+

 November 4th & November 5th at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm


Turn something old into something new and beautiful in this creative, hands on heritage skills program. Create your very own hand-made piece of metal jewelry and learn about the lives and jobs of blacksmiths and metal workers. You may even create the perfect holiday gift for that special someone!

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Family & Pet Photos with Santa

$30 per group up to 6 people| All ages

November 11th and 12th from 10 am to 4 pm


Bring out the whole family– even the furry, four-legged members for a memorable photo opportunity with the man in red himself!

*Opportunity to donate part of proceeds to Durham Region Humane Society or other animal-related charity

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Swag Making Workshop


$45 per person| Ages 16+ |2 hours

November 18th & 19th at 10 am and 1 pm


Deck your halls with a lovely evergreen swag-made by you! Join our Museum Interpreter to use fresh greenery to create your own swags (two).  Add in ribbon and natural accents such as pine cones and bittersweet. Learn some history about the materials and how they were used for holiday decorating in the past. This program is completed outdoors, so come dressed for the weather. Bring your family and friends for a creative and fun workshop, just in time for the holidays. 

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A Storybook Christmas

$41 per group up to 6 people| All ages|1hour

November 25th and 26th from 10 am to 3:15 pm
December 2nd and 3rd from 10 am to 3:15 pm
December 9th and 10th from 10 am to 3:15 pm 

Pickering Museum Village is proud to once again present: A Storybook Christmas – with a brand new story for 2023! Teddy is back with another holiday adventure to follow along with. Guests of all ages will find themselves immersed in the holiday season as they explore the Village through a series of interactive elements, Christmas treats, crafts, trivia, music, and more. And don’t forget – no visit would be complete without a visit from the man in red himself!

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NEW! Drop-off Programs

PMV Kidz Club! (6 -12 years)


While the parents are away, the kids will play! This day-camp style program includes games, a craft, outdoor play, snack time, and a chance to explore the Museum.  Choose from one of three exciting themes: Heritage Heyday, Super Science, or Fantastic Fairy Tales. Everyone will love this interactive, playful program that gives both kids and parents a break!

This is a drop-off program. Please advise our booking coordinator if your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies.


Theme Descriptions:

Heritage Heyday – Step back into the 1800s as you play & learn like an early settler!

Super Science – Grab your lab coat as we explore, experiment, and discover in this science-based program!

Fantastic Fairytales -  Step into the world of princesses, knights, magical creatures and more in this playful program!




1:30-4:30 pm

July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th


5:30-8:30 pm

July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th



1:30 pm-4:30pm

July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

September 3rd


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NEW! Museum2U Seniors Programs

Glad Rags & Giggle Juice Tea & Talk

Step into the Roaring 1920s with us! Despite voting itself dry for decades, Pickering was anything but dry in the era of Prohibition! You provide the tea (it’s prohibition, after all) and the meeting space. We’ll supply the artifacts, and the straight goods on bootlegging in this new Tea & Talk outreach program.


Museum2Seniors Programs are $200/per group up to 25 people.

To book, email or call 905.683.8401.

Fairy Lore, Enchanted Doors

Travel the world through fairies and fairy culture in this enchanting program. Our Museum Interpreter with share stories of wee folk from many countries, along with inspiring images of fairy houses, doors and windows crafted by museum volunteers. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own enchanted entryway!


Museum2Seniors Programs are $200/per group up to 25 people.

To book, email or call 905.683.8401.