Revols Reception Thursday November 28th, 7-9pm

We’re having a party 60s style! 

Thursday November 28th join us for a Revols Reception  from 7-9pm at the Stratford Perth Museum







 Come celebrate the music of The Revols and the brilliant careers of John Till, Richard Manuel and Ken Kalmusky as showcased in the Museum’s current exhibit “The Road to Woodstock”. 

Expect Revolry (of course), music, refreshments, and a special guest panel and Q & A with Road to Woodstock luminaries. 

Donations support the Richard Manuel Music Award at the University of Western Ontario Music Department. 

 See you there! Please give us a call if you need more information: 519-393-5311


Free Shipping in Canada for Justin Bieber Museum Book “Steps to Stardom”

Free Shipping in Canada for Justin Bieber Museum Book "Steps to Stardom"

Looking for a great gift idea for your favourite Belieber?

We are offering FREE SHIPPING of this exclusive Justin Bieber book within Canada, and $10 anywhere in the US. Author John Kastner will be happy to sign the book and add a personalised note, plus we will give you a free lanyard. Just follow the link to purchase, we'll send you an email for signing directions and ship right away! 

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Food writer Jane Sigal event at the museum

Food writer Jane Sigal at Stratford Perth Museum Thursday

At 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, Andrew Coppolino will sit down with Jane Sigal for a conversation on food and travel at the Stratford Perth Museum. It’s a free event open to all.

Jane Sigal ( is a returning Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence at the Stratford Chefs School. This is the first time SCS has ever had a writer in residence return for a second visit!

An author, journalist, editor, and recipe developer, Jane’s focus with the students this year will be on mining personal identity in the pursuit of meaning in food, in both the kitchen and on the page.

Her beautifully photographed cookbook, Bistronomy: Recipes from the Best New Paris Bistros, will be available for purchase.

Waterloo Region-based food commentator and food columnist Andrew Coppolino ( is an author and journalist, a former Stratford Chef instructor and a great friend to both Stratford Chefs School and farmers and chefs in Southwestern Ontario.

He is the author of Farm to Table, the book SCS published last year, in celebration of 35 years of teaching aspiring chefs.

I do hope this event will be fun and well attended! The museum is a lovely venue!

Museum mourns passing of board member and finance chair

The Stratford Perth Museum is terribly saddened by the passing of our long-time board member and finance chair Randy Matthews.
Randy died earlier today after a two-year battle with cancer.

Funeral and Visitation to take place at W.G Young Funeral Home, Monday October 28. Reception to follow at the Stratford Perth Museum.



Randy Matthews

Service Information

Sunday, October 27, 2019
from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Funeral Service
Monday, October 28th at 11 a.m.
W.G. Young Funeral Home

Stratford Perth Museum
4275 Huron Street,

Woodlawn Memorial Park
762 Woolwich Street,

Memorial Donations
Stratford Perth Museum
Canadian Cancer Society


Museum Happy Hour

  Join us every third Thursday of the month for Museum Happy Hour. Stroll through our exhibitions while sipping delicious craft beer. Do you play an instrument? Bring it along and join in on a community jam session. Do you have children? Bring them too, they’ll love hanging with our Never Grow Up Club while you enjoy hanging with the happy hour club! Local history, music jam session, craft beer, a break from the kiddies…What more could you ask for? Potato Chips!!! We’ve got those for you too… Museum Happy Hour bringing cheer every third Thursday. Museum Happy Hour Events: October 17 | 5:30-7pm | Black Swan Brewing Company* November 21 | 5:30-7pm | Shakespeare Brewing Company* December 19 | 5:30-7pm | Cowbell Brewing Company* Admission Cost: By donation ( donations directly support the museum’s education and public programs) *Local Craft Beer available for purchase. Must be 19+.

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

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:
Peg Dunnem, Education and Program Manager, Stratford Perth Museum
or 519-393-5315 (direct line)

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.

Craft Beer Fest 2018Craft Beer Fest 2016





Museum Extends Justin Bieber exhibit Steps to Stardom!

Justin Bieber "Steps to Stardom" exhibit will be in place until end of 2020

Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom

EXTENDED until the end of 2020

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

After a second record-breaking year of attendance, the Stratford Perth Museum has decided to extend the Justin Bieber exhibit, Steps to Stardom, for at least another year.

The exhibit, which opened in February of 2018, will now be in place until at least the end of 2020.

The museum works closely with Bieber and his family members and continues to receive new items for the exhibit. Most recently Justin's grandparents brought a number of very personal items from Justin and Hailey's wedding to the museum. Those items are already on display.


Another influx of items is planned before the end of the year which will mean many new things in the Steps to Stardom exhibit for 2020.

The museum also operates a giftshop with several Bieber items for fans who want to take home a souvenir of their visit, including T-shirts, cellphone cases 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 has dropped in several times.

To purchase tickets in advance click tickets.

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, 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.