Flavours of Perth Barbecue

August 17 event in support of Stratford Perth Museum now a joint effort with Rostock Community Hall committee

The Stratford Perth Museum’s Flavours of Perth Barbecue takes place every August and has been in various places in Perth County over the last 15 years. This year, thanks to a new partnership with the Rostock Community Hall Committee, it will move to Rostock at the community hall and Quinlan Park. Supporters will experience the same great smoked pork chops, provided and prepared by the Perth County Pork Producers. Add in picked-that-day Perth County corn on the cob, brown beans, salads and desserts.

It’s still just $20 and 15 for kids 12-and-under. There are some exciting changes this year. The event takes place on a Saturday and the fun begins at 2 p.m. with live music and a beer tent. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go until 8 p.m. The museum will also have some of its large agriculture artifacts on display during the day.   Tickets to Flavours of Perth are available at the Stratford Perth Museum or online at stratfordperthmuseum.ca under the “Buy Tickets” tab. The community hall in Rostock is just west of the only intersection, across the road from the ball park. For more info go to www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca or call the museum at 519-393-5311

*NEW* Thursday Tours

Starting August 1, join a friendly and informed community docent on Thursdays for an interactive, vibrant guided-tour of the museum's current exhibitions. These drop-in tours, are open to all ages and all levels of curiosity! Regular admission applies. 

Thursday Tours
Twice Daily: 10:30am-12pm | 2:00pm-3:30pm
Dates: August 1 | August 8 | August 15 | August 22 | August 29

For more information please contact Peg Dunnem, Manager Education and Programs 


Schoolhouse Museum Summer Camp

Schoolhouse Museum Camp

Step back into time this summer for a week-long, fun-filled Schoolhouse Museum Camp. Situated in Perth County’s oldest one-room school, campers will experience doses of early 1900’s student life. From quill pens and ink, slate boards and spelling bees to art, play making, music and loads of outdoor fun, this unique camp experience is guaranteed to make your summer an A+++. Led by Peg Dunnem, Manager of Education and Public Programs.

Schoolhouse Museum Camp Activities Include:
Intro to a day in the life at Brocksden School | Re-enactment | Storytelling | Quill and Ink writing + drawing | Playful exploration of traditional school subjects | Creative Play Making (the week will culminate in a short performance by the participants for family + friends) | Outdoor drawing + painting | Traditional Songs & Music | Traditional Games | Traditional Toy Making | Map Making
Flag Making | Former Brocksden Students Guests….and so much more…

Age: 6-11 years old
Location: Brocksden Country School Museum | 2719 Perth Line 37 | Perth East, ON
Date: August 19-23, 2019
Time: 9am-4pm (early drop off 8:30am, extended pick-up 5pm: additional $15 a day)
Cost: $260 (plus any extended care days required)

Registration Is Closed
For more information, please contact Peg Dunnem, Manager of Education and Public Programs

Groovy Museum Summer Camp

Groovy Museum Summer Camp

Calling all groovy peace loving campers! Inspired by the launch of our summer exhibition The Revols / The Road to Woodstock, this five days of peace, love & music camp will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary rock festival, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Campers will explore Woodstock’s counterculture scene through music, food, fashion and art.  It’ll be outta sight! Led by Peg Dunnem,  Manager of Education and Public Programs. 

Groovy Museum Summer Camp Activities Include:
The Revols / The Road to Woodstock exhibition tour | Tie-Dying | Granola Making | Land Art | Protest Art | Macramé | Mud Painting | Beading | Nature Crowns | Nature Hikes | Drum Making | Special Musical Guests ….and so much more…

Age: 6-11 years old
Location: Stratford Perth Museum | 4275 Huron St | Stratford
Date: August 12-16, 2019
Time: 9am-4pm (early drop off 8:30am, extended pick-up 5pm: additional $15 a day)
Cost: $260 (plus any extended care days required)

Registration is closed.

For more information, please contact Peg Dunnem, Manager of Education and Public Programs

Road to Woodstock exhibit …

From left to right: Ken Kalmusky, Richard Manuel, John Till.

In the late 1950’s Rock and Roll hit the music scene in Canada.

In Stratford it was the inspiration for a group of boys to form their own band, The Rebels. Later known as The Revols, it launched the careers of three young musicians who went on to play with some of the famous bands in the world.
Richard Manuel, John Till and Ken Kalmusky honed their skills performing with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, and many other Canadian and American artists.

Richard Manuel went on to become one of the founding members of The Band. John Till was an original member of the Full Tilt Boogie Band, Janis Joplin’s band. Ken Kalmusky founded Great Speckled Bird, the band that backed Canadian musicians Ian and Sylvia.

This year the famous 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary. Till and Manuel performed at the pivotal event in music history.

Created in conjunction with the artists’ families, this exhibit celebrates the careers of these three musicians, and includes background stories and rare personal memorabilia. It also highlights some of the influences that are part of Perth County’s rich music history. Features include a look back at the Dance Halls of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, as well as a view of Stratford in the ‘60s through the lens of the Perth County Conspiracy (Does Not Exist).

The exhibit, which is made possible by generous support from Strickland’s and opens June 21.

This exhibit in cooperation with the Stratford Blues & Ribfest which also has a Woodstock theme in 2019. The Blues and Ribfest also opens Friday June 21 with the headline act Inspired by Janis, a Janis Joplin tribute band. On Saturday’ June 22 The Last Waltz is the theme with a musical celebration of The Band and on the closing day, Sunday June 23 it’s The Woodstock Experience.

For information about the Stratford Blues and Ribfest go to www.stratfordbluesandribfest.ca

Rotary, Stratford Perth Museum Shine On car rally moves to the fall

The second annual Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally “Shine On” will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019 starting and ending at the Stratford Perth Museum.

This car rally will be a nice Sunday drive highlighted by a historical tour of Perth County (no gravel roads, we promise) featuring both historical destinations and delicious local food along the backroads of Perth County. The rally will be followed by fun, music, food, drinks and prizes back at the Stratford Perth Museum.

The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Stratford and the Stratford Perth Museum. It is also a tribute to the late Dave Blackburn who died in 2013. Dave was a devoted Rotarian, antique car lover and former branch manager at TD Bank in Stratford.
Rally drivers will get started at the Museum, located at 4275 Huron Road just West of Stratford, beginning at 10 a.m.
Although the content of the rally is historic, your vehicle doesn’t have to be as cars, pick-up trucks, even RVs are more than welcome to take part.
Along the route, guides and reenactors will provide interesting facts and stories about Perth County while area food and drink businesses provide delicious local food.
After the rally the Museum will be hosting a licensed reception with more fun, music, food, and rally prizes. Admission to the museum is included.
Pre-registration for the rally takes place online . Day-of registration will take place at the Museum from 9 - 10 a.m. Before setting out each vehicle will be provided a detailed navigation guide to help them find their way.
The cost to take part in the car rally, be fed along the way, and to participate in the events happening back at the Museum is $75 (price includes a driver and a navigator).
For more info and to register go to www.ShineOnStratford.ca, call John at 519-393-5312 or email

Tours and Talks in 2019 (with an option for lunch …)

For 2019 the Stratford Perth Museum is offering our Tours and Talks package, along with an option for a box lunch from Sirkel Foods in Stratford.

Package One: Museum Tour + Historical Talk:
• 90 minutes
• Capacity: 45 people
• $15 per person (plus tax)

Includes a full guided tour of all the museum’s exhibits, plus choose one of three historical talks.

Historical Talk options:
Based on three of our most popular exhibits, each talk provides an in-depth perspective.

Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom
Learn about Justin’s early life growing up in Stratford, and his meteoric rise to international fame and success. This talk 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.

Stratford Festival: Such Stuff As Dreams…
How did the Stratford Festival go from dream to reality? This talk discusses the plots, the plans, the people and the plays that transformed Stratford from a railway hub to the city that hosts North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company.

Historical Walk
Enjoy a guided walk through our trails system that features 15 story boards that tell the history of Stratford and Perth County. On this walk, which is under a kilometre in length, you will learn about the first inhabitants, the European settlers, industry, the role of rail, war time commitments and government representation - and the role each played. (Weather permitting - we have an inclement weather alternative indoors.)

Package Two
Catered Lunch Option:
Museum Tour + Historical Talk + Box Lunch:
$29 per person (plus tax)
box lunch provided by Stratford’s Sirkel Foods. Includes soft drink/water.

For more information or to book tours contact:
Kayla Droog, Education and Program Manager, Stratford Perth Museum
tours@stratfordperthmuseum.ca or 519-393-5315

Plan your Wedding or Special Event at the Museum!

We love a party!

If you are planning a wedding, corporate event or fundraiser and need a beautiful country setting consider the Stratford Perth Museum as your venue. We have seven acres of beautiful property that can accommodate up to 300 people.  You book the tents, caterers and invite your guests and we provide the stunning backdrop!

We have packages that include use of the venue and also admission to the museum for your guests before and after the ceremony or during your event.

Contact our general manager John Kastner at 519-393-5312 for details or by email.

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Museum Extends Justin Bieber exhibit Steps to Stardom!

Justin Bieber "Steps to Stardom" exhibit will be in place until January 5, 2020

“We’ve got some fantastic new items that Justin and his family have lent the museum,” said John Kastner, General Manager of the Stratford Perth Museum. “This isn’t just a fine-tuning of the collection, it’s a real refresh. We wanted to make sure that people who may have been to see the exhibit before will really notice the changes if they come again.”

The museum worked closely with Bieber and his family members to ensure the exhibit gives an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the musician’s extraordinary path to success — beginning from his early days as a youngster in Stratford before he was discovered, to his present status as one of the world’s top-selling names in entertainment.

The collection features dozens of pieces from his music career, such as Justin’s drum set, Teen Choice Awards, a personal letter from former First Lady Michelle Obama and clothing he wore during major concert performances. It also includes personal items from his childhood in Stratford, including a hockey a hockey jacket from when he played for the Stratford Warriors Atom Travel Team when his nickname was already ‘Biebs’ and a signed library card.

Among the new items that will be added to the exhibit are a jersey Bieber wore in the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, a large portrait of Bieber and wife Hailey Baldwin, and several other items of clothing Bieber has worn. The museum has also restocked its giftshop with several new Bieber items for fans who want to take home a souvenir of their visit, including T-shirts, cellphone cases, skateboard decks, toques and lanyards.

Beliebers can also buy a recently released book penned by Kastner that gives a behind-the-curtain look at the museum exhibit. Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom features 100 colour photos of some of the most iconic pieces of memorabilia in museum’s exhibit, as well as never-before-told stories behind what makes the items so significant. The book also treats fans to exclusive photos and stories about Justin and his family that can’t be found in the exhibit.

Featuring a signed foreword by Bieber himself, the book was published by Stratford-based Blue Moon Publishers.

The Bieber exhibit has been an overwhelming hit for the small museum. Prior to opening the Bieber exhibit, the museum received a few thousand visitors in a good year. Last year, more than 20,000 visitors from around the world came through the museum’s doors, including Bieber, who dropped in at least five times to check out mementos of his career.

Think about the Museum everyday in 2019!

Stratford Perth Museum has a calendar for you in 2019!

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler we begin to realize that 2019 is quickly approaching. And, if you are a supporter of the Stratford Perth Museum, or you just love a beautiful calendar, we have just the thing for you.

The Stratford Perth Museum, in conjunction with TheCommunityFundraiser.com, has produced a 2019 calendar. Each month includes a beautiful and historic local picture apropos for that month along with accompanying narrative.

The calendars sell for $10 will all net proceeds going to the Stratford Perth Museum. It is available at the museum, at Blowes Stationary and Office Supplies, West End Pharmacy, Orr Insurance and Sinclair Pharmacy. It is also available online by clicking here.

Also, if you are a community organization, service club or sports team the calendars can also be a fundraiser for you. Your group sells the calendar and keeps $5 from every sale.  Get in touch with our general manager John Kastner is you are looking for an easy, no risk fundraiser. 519-393-5312.

The cover of the
calendar is a
gorgeous photo of the front of the
museum, courtesy of Scott Wishart.