Current Exhibits

Dressed for the Occasion: Life in Fashion

February 1 to April 20, 2017


Every day we get dressed for an occasion. Whether it’s for work, school, the gym, or a party, we convey our personality and preferences through the garments we choose. Those choices change from day to day, just as fashion styles have transformed across generations.

Illustrated by remarkable pieces owned and treasured by residents of Perth County, the Stratford Perth Museum’s new exhibit showcases fashion from the everyday to the extraordinary. Join us as we get Dressed for the Occasion and showcase clothing and accessories from weddings, galas, and uniforms worn in Perth County over the last 180 years.


Can You Dig It?  Perth County’s Agricultural Roots

January 1 to April 20, 2017

Celebrate Perth County’s rich agricultural history with this exploration of early settlement and farming practices. 

Imagine standing outside and looking out across the land. Instead of rolling fields and crops dotted with farmhouses and towns, picture endless forests and swamps. That is how Perth County looked before the late 1820s, when the first European settlers arrived.

When the Canada Company purchased this land from the British Crown with the goal to develop farmland, it was wilderness.  At first, surveyors laid out the concession roads that determined the plots of land for farming. Then the settlers who occupied the lots took on the hard work of clearing the land, raising homes and growing crops.

In this exhibit you can learn about the early days of building communities, homes and farms in Perth County.

Perth UP: A Retrospective of Duty and Valour
Perth UP: une rétrospective du devoir et de la valeur

Ongoing Exhibit

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

The theme201505031521_0001s 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.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

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Duffy Dent: A Soldier’s Art

Ongoing Exhibit

Capt. John “Duffy” Dent served in the Perth Regiment during Duffy Dent - EmbarkationWWII.

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 logo, 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

…and more!

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