Current Exhibits

Justin Bieber exhibit – Steps to Stardom

Open February 18 to the end of 2018


The Justin Bieber exhibit is included in general admission to the museum. Admission can be purchsed at the door or in advance online. Advance tickets are not required.

The Stratford Perth Museum’s summer hours begin on May 7.

Steps to Stardom

Steps to Stardom, tells the story of Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre to becoming one of the most popular pop stars in the world.

The Museum has been given access to hundreds of items – awards, clothing, pictures, all-access pages, personal letters and even running shoes and we are now in the process of collecting the items for exhibit.

In addition, a number of things have come forward from Stratford residents that have also been offered to the Museum — team pictures, hockey jackets, drum sets, even library cards, that were used by Justin before he was an international pop star.

The exhibit tells the story of the Stratford native’s career from those early years – busking in Stratford and performing in local talent shows – to the largest venues and stages in the world.

The exhibit, created by the Museum in conjunction with Justin and his family, opens at the Museum on February 18 and will be on display until at least the end of 2018. At that time the Museum and Justin and his family will decide if the exhibit will be extended into 2019.

Photo credit: Stratford-Perth Archives, The Beacon Herald collection. July 2002.

From Avon Theatre steps to world stage

Stratford is one of those places that can boast a number of native sons, or daughters, who go on the greater things.

We can boast of groundbreaking politicians, Olympic swimmers and Stanley Cup champions, scientists, thespians, journalists, authors and even chefs that leave their fingerprints on the national or world stage. There is arguably no one from Stratford that is as well-known and has had global success like Justin Bieber.

In conjunction with Justin and his family the Stratford Perth Museum is mounting an exhibit about the pop star’s meteoric rise to fame.

From a beginning that included the Stratford Star contest, a fundraiser to buy a set of drums and then busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre, Bieb’s rise from those humble beginnings to global stardom was the stuff of movies – literally – Never, Say Never.

The exhibit includes many incredible and personal items chosen collectively by the Museum and Justin and his family – Grammy, Emmy and Teen Choice awards, microphones, backstage credentials, running shoes, t-shirts and jackets, personal letters, photographs and even a Stratford Minor Hockey windsuit. They all help craft the story of a kid from here.

Stratford’s Jim Anderson: Artist, Archivist, Advocate

Opens September 30, 2017  

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.


On now until April 20, 2018

A beautiful exhibition of small art quilts and fibre art is on exhibit through April 20.

The pieces were all selected from the works of the members of Connections Fibre Artists – a collective of Canadian artists whose work explore fibre art in its many forms – cloth, thread, paper and mixed media.

Established in 1999, members come from diverse creative backgrounds, and are connected by this common thread.


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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