Current Exhibits

Jim Anderson: Artist, Archivist, Advocate

Opens September 30, 2017

Join us for an Opening Reception at 2pm on Wednesday, November 29th

Jim Anderson was an outspoken, and at times controversial, supporter of preserving Stratford and Perth County’s heritage and culture. This new exhibit explores his roots as an artist, his dedication towards local history as an archivist and his passion for preservation as a heritage advocate. Infamous for his hunger strike atop the Perth County Courthouse, in protest of a pending dissolution of the historical board, Anderson was instrumental in the founding of Heritage Stratford— established specifically to preserve Stratford’s significant architecture, such as City Hall and the Gordon Block. 

In 1972 Anderson was hired to process the first collections that would eventually form the Stratford-Perth Archives, the second oldest county archives in Ontario. In 1981 he was officially appointed as Archivist-Administrator for Stratford and Perth County. He was instrumental in preserving the Fryfogel Inn, established the Brocksden School Museum, and would later become the first interim curator for the Stratford Perth Museum. Many significant objects from his own personal estate are now in the museum’s “Jim Anderson Collection”.  

His story, as well select artefacts and his artwork will be on display at the museum beginning September 30.

A Taste of Science

Travelling Exhibit from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

September 30 to December 31, 2017

Have you ever wondered why food spoils? A Taste of Science highlights the role science plays in delaying food decay and keeping food nutritious and safe for us to eat.

In this engaging experience, immerse yourself in an over-sized “pantry” and discover what makes food spoil, and different food preservation techniques. You’ll find lots to feed your mind and imagination on the menu!


Conceal/Reveal: Identity and the Stage at Stratford

On now to November 15, 2017

The Stratford Perth Museum is proud to be the venue for this exhibit created and curated by the Stratford Festival Archives. The masks we hold up to face the world – to reveal our desired identity or conceal an inner self – are many and varied. Through a dazzling range of props and costumes, at the Stratford Festival this exhibit 2017 exhibition will show how onstage masks and disguises are at the heart of drama.


Treasure Island: Live the Adventure

May 6 to November 15, 2017  

This interactive exhibit augment’s the Stratford Festival production of Treasure Island being mounted this season at the Avon Theatre. Geared for children, the exhibit explores the classic children’s story, its cast of unsavory characters, as well as the book’s author Robert Louis Stevenson. Visitors to the Museum, both young and old, can dress up like Long John Silver, grab a sword, sport an eye patch and pose for a picture on the deck of a pirate ship. Or you can be a young Jim Hawkins and quietly hide in a barrel for safety. And there’s even a treasure map.

You Are Here: Vignettes of Perth County

Ongoing Exhibit

This exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of Stratford and Perth County from settlement in the 1830s to today. Drawing on the museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, and archival documents, the exhibit highlights the people, businesses, organizations, and events that make Perth County the vibrant destination that it is today.

At You Are Here, experience a unique mix of poets and politicians, parades and plowing matches, settlement and sport history, and more that you can find here at the Museum and all across Perth County.

Railway Century 

Ongoing Exhibit

­This exhibit tells the story of Stratford as a railway hub, and highlights the prosperity that Perth County’s extensive railway links brought to farmers and businesses in the region. The Locomotive Repair Shop, operated by the Grand Trunk Railway and later the Canadian National Railway, was the driver of Stratford’s early economic development. Agriculture, dairy, furniture making, and knitting mills, now connected to the world by rail, were just a few of the industries that made Perth County one of Canada’s most prosperous counties.  


Perth UP: A Retrospective of Duty and Valour

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Ongoing Exhibit

This exhibit traces the history of the Perth Regiment from its inception in 1866 to present day.

The themes of duty, sacrifice, valour, brotherhood, and remembrance are used to highlight the development of the Regiment from its earliest days as a volunteer militia company fighting in the Fenian Raids, through to its role in the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II.

This exhibit showcases objects, letters, photos, and personal stories from throughout the regiment’s history.

Why “Perth UP”? The Maple Leaf “UP” was an ubiquitous marker during the Second World War pointing the way to Canadian front lines. “61” represented the Perth Regiment.

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This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.

Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.


Duffy Dent: A Soldier’s Art

Ongoing Exhibit

Capt. John “Duffy” Dent served in the Perth Regiment during WWII. He was an accomplished artist who captured moments of military life, its conditions and situations, in his striking black and white drawings.

Dent redesigned the Perth Regiment hat badge, was the editor-in-chief of “The Perthonian,” and an illustrator for the Royal Military College Journal. This exhibition displays samples of his work and personal memorabilia.

Other Museum features include:

      • History of the Stratford Fire Department
      • Brooks Steam Car
      • Print Shop
      • …and more!
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