Upcoming Exhibits

Conceal/Reveal: Identity and the Stage at Stratford

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.
May 29 to Oct. 30

The Franklin Expedition

This pop-up display, presented in conjunction with Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum,
examines the mysteries surrounding the Franklin Expedition and sheds light on the historical context of science and exploration in the 19th century. The display focuses on Inuit traditional knowledge, the reasons behind the fatal expedition and the clues collected during the initial research efforts. It allows the visitor to create links with contemporary research in the Arctic and the methodology and progress of ongoing scientific work in the Canadian North.
Supporting the exhibit will be a number of reproductions of Franklin Expedition artifacts, dive equipment, photos and resource materials.
May 6 to Sept. 23

Nanuk’s Journey :
Inuit Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection

at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Nanuk’s Journey will feature approximately 40 major sculptures from the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Focussed on the subject of Nanuk (the polar bear) the exhibition compliments the Stratford Festival’s The Breathing Hole, a new play by Colleen Murphy directed by Reneltta Arluk (Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree).
Curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) in consultation with Inuvialuit Reneltta Arluk. The exhibit includes work by: deceased Cape Dorset artist and hunter Tim Pitsiulak, Tudlik, Niviaksiak, Matthew Aqugaaq, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Osuitok Ipeelee, Pauta Saila, Andy Miki, Parr and  Bill Nasogaluak, among other notable Inuit artists.
Following its presentation at the Stratford Perth Museum, the exhibition will be featured in the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Gallery.
May 6 to September 23

Treasure Island: Live the Adventure

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.
May 6 to September 30

Two new exhibits tell the story of development
of Stratford and Perth County

You Are Here

This exhibit, created especially for the sesquicentennial, highlights, through hundreds of images and
artefacts, the people and events that established Stratford and Perth County.
You Are Here not only speaks to the earliest days of settlement and the mapping of the Huron Tract but creates that important link to the present.
We explore a century and a half of innovative development in agriculture, manufacturing and technology and the bold decisions and ideas that have helped create our home.
A permanent exhibit

Railway Century

  • The influence of rail is a major element of the sister exhibit “You Are Here.
    Rail connects two momentous events that transformed Perth County – the linking of the railways and the establishment of the Locomotive Repair Shops in Stratford.
    For a hundred years the railway lines that connected this region to the rest of world were responsible for a growth in industry – the ability to get materials to Stratford and the ability to get finished products, both industrial and agricultural, to the rest of the world and markets.
  • Even more significant was the establishment of CNR Repair Shops. A monster employer, during their heyday, nearly 40% of Stratford homes had a member that worked at The Shops.
  • A permanent exhibit