Historical Walk now part of Stratford Perth Museum trails

This Stratford Perth Museum’s role in telling the history of Perth County has gone outdoors. The series of trails at the back of the property is now home to an historical walk.
There is a trail head sign which signals the start of the .7 kilometre paths and then 15 story boards that chronologically tell the colourful history of Stratford, Perth County and the surrounding area.
The historic walk brings to fruition the vision of the museum and its site plan committee that was several years in development and fulfills an element of the the museum’s strategic plan.
The research for the signs was done by the
Stratford Perth Museum with assistance from
the Stratford-Perth Archives and the Ontario
Archeological Museum in London.
The historic trail begins with a plaque about the ice age, then the first inhabitants of the area, followed by the European settlers who arrived in the 1830s and progresses through the next almost 200 years up to the current day.
Other topics include the arrival of rail and the impact on county industries, the participation in both World Wars, the major economic sectors including agriculture, manufacturing and tourism and a current snapshot of the city and county.
The trails are free to roam and are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The official name of the trail system is the Tom Orr Memorial Perth County Historical Walk. Orr, a tireless civic leader and a great supporter of the museum and archives, died earlier this year.

The property at the back of the museum and archives demonstrates the museum’s commitment to a holistic and natural environment that will appeal to adults, families and school groups.
The area not only includes the trail system but also a stormwater pond and the area is also home to bee hives which produce honey for our gift shop.
The trail system was made possible thanks to support from Orr Insurance and Investment,
Upper Thames River Conversation Authority, Stratford Perth Community Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment, Ontario Power Generation, A Touch of Dutch Landscaping, Ed’s Concrete, Permacon and the County of Perth.

#6218 rolls one more time thanks to Off the Wall

Impressive addition to Railway Century exhibit

Locomotive #6218, the last engine to be repaired at the Motive Power Shops in Stratford, has been brilliantly recreated by the students and teachers at Off the Wall's workshop "Setting the Scene"!

Set against the background of Stratford's main train station and rail yard, this is a striking addition to the museum's exhibit "Railway Century", which chronicles the history of the Shops and the influence of the railway on Perth County.

Railway Century, a permanent exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum, is made possible thanks to generous support from Via Rail.

For a nice story about the creation of the 6218 replica, click this link for an article in The Beacon Herald. Story

A Morning with Antoni Cimolino

At the Stratford Perth Museum

Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino joins us to discuss the 2018 Festival season, and particularly the production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Antoni's talk will be followed by a short Q and A session with the audience. Tickets include admission to all of the museum's exhibits, featuring our two Festival-related exhibits: Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird, and Stratford Festival: Such Stuff As Dreams...


Thursday, August 23, 2018
Exhibit viewing: 9am to 5pm
Talk begins: 10:30am
Tickets: $15 (HST included)

For more information, contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs at 519-393-5315 or by email.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the museum, or here.

Flavours of Perth BBQ, Monday August 20th 4-7pm

At the Sebringville Community Centre, Monday, August 20th,  4 to 7pm

Our annual fundraiser- smoked pork chops, fresh corn on the cob cooked by our steam engine, local pie for dessert. Family friendly. Tickets available on our website (press the ticket link!) and at the museum, or call 519-

Adults $20, Children $15


For more information give us a call at the Museum, 519-393-5311

Justin Bieber Screening Outdoors at the Museum July 27th!

The Stratford Perth Museum is doing Drive-In, picnic style!

Bring your own blanket or lawn chair, because at 8pm on the evening of Friday July 27th,  we'll be showing Never Say Never, a documentary detailing Justin Bieber's rise to fame, the first of two special outdoor screenings this summer as part of Movies Under the Stars on the lawn of the Stratford Perth Museum.

Tickets are only $15 and include entry to the Steps to Stardom exhibit between the hours of 6 and 9 pm before the film begins just after sunset.

Friday, July 27th, 2018
Grounds open 8pm
Exhibit viewing: 6pm to 9pm
Film begins just after sunset
Tickets: $15 (HST included)

Tickets are available through Queen of the Square website, follow this link: Tickets


4275 Huron Street
Parking available on-site.
Concessions will be available, cash-only.
Rain Date set for Saturday July 28th.





Sneak Peek: On August 12th, the museum will be presenting "Rocky Horror Picture Show". More info coming soon!

Justin Bieber: Friends and Early Mentors event

A talk with special Guest Speaker Nathan McKay!

A long-time friend of Justin Bieber, Nathan has also been an occasional concert promoter, Justin’s babysitter, mentor, archivist, and musical colleague. Nathan lived on Kapelli Circle next to Justin and his mother Pattie for six years, and attended church with them. He produced and promoted four concerts for Justin before 2008. Join us for an evening with Nathan as he discusses his friendship and
mentorship with Justin.

Friday, July 20th, 2018
Exhibit viewing: 5pm to 7pm
Talk begins: 7pm
Tickets: $15 (HST included)

For more information, contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs at 519-393-5315 or by email.

Volunteer Tour Guides Needed!

The Stratford Perth Museum is looking for volunteer tour guides for museum tours and bus tours from now through October 2018.

  • Are you passionate about history?
  • Do you enjoy learning new things?
  • Are you comfortable speaking to groups of people?
  • Are you looking for a fun, unique volunteering opportunity?
  • We provide full training, and flexibility to fit your schedule. The average commitment is 3 to 5 hours per week.

    Share and explore our exciting exhibits, including Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird, Such Stuff As Dreams…: Stratford Festival History, Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom, and more!

    Inquiries and applications can be submitted to Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs by email to or phone 519-393-5315.

    Roger and Elaine Cook join Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame for 2018

    Roger and Elaine Cook join Stratford Perth Museum Ag Wall of Fame in 2018

    The Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame announced its 2018 inductees at the Stratford Rotary Club’s Rural-Urban night in April.

    This is the fifth year for the Agriculture Wall of Fame, which recognizes contributions to agriculture in Perth County.
    This year the Wall of Fame honoured a North Easthope couple, Roger and Elaine Cook. They bought the family farm in 1970 and were in the dairy industry for 27 years but their real love has always been as stewards of the land.
    That came honestly as Roger’s parents restricted the access of livestock to the waterways on the farm and there was zero exposure to the spring fed stream on the property from both livestock and equipment.

    The Cooks also developed many practices which helped to improve stream and ground water quality for humans as well as for fish and wildlife health and habitat. That included 100% retention of liquid and solid nutrient waste.
    You cannot talk about the Cooks and their contributions to Perth County without praising their initiatives regarding trees and woodlots.

    Tree planting started in the Cooks’ early years and they have planted over 12,000 trees on their farm as windbreaks, shelterbelts, stream buffers and block plantations. Tree planting is an annual event for the Cooks and is a cornerstone of their environmental awareness.

    This has led to three decades of community tree plantings and stream restoration initiatives with well over 30 neighbouring families and friends as part of the Upper Avon Conservation Club. This group has partnered with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and Roger is the lead scout for these tree planing projects.

    This passion for forest health, productivity and profitability has led to Roger’s involvement with the Huron/Perth chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association. Roger is a long-time director, has been president for several years and he was chair of this spring’s two-day conference in Shakespeare.

    Roger is on the steering committee for the Fryfogel Tavern arboretum and nature preserve initiative and is the caretaker of the trees and trails.

    Roger and Elaine were on the early steering committee for the Ellice/Gadshill Swamp management plan with UTRCA and have been directors and caretakers of the Brocksden School Museum with the Easthope Historical group for over 40 years.

    They have also been volunteers and are still members of the Stratford Perth Museum, the Thames Talbot Land Trust, Roger is steward for the McTavish Tract and he and Elaine are also members of the Stratford Field Naturalists.

    Other organizations that have benefitted from their time and expertise are 4-H clubs, Girl Guides, nature groups, the Avon Trail, Perth County Milk Committee, Perth County Federation of Agriculture, the Woodland Towers store and many schools.

    Roger has also helped with the Stratford and District Agricultural Society, the Mitchell Pioneer Club and area plowing matches with sawmill and cross cut displays.The Cooks bought, moved and restored the Amulree circular sawmill to the farm and have made it available to friends and neighbours for the making of such things as toys, canoe paddles and tools.

    It’s hard to imagine that they have any time for hobbies but they enjoy canoeing, hiking, curling, pickleball, lawn bowling and square dancing.

    The Wall of Fame is open to current or former residents of Perth County who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture in Perth County.
    Nominations are solicited from the public and a committee determines the honourees.

    The Wall of Fame is supported by the Grain Farmers of Ontario – Perth County, Perth County Federation of Agriculture, Perth County Pork Producers, Zone 6 Egg Producers and Perth Dairy Producers Committee.

    For more information contact:
    John Kastner,
    General Manager,
    Stratford Perth Museum

    ag wall of fame release 2018

    Justin Bieber exhibit – Steps to Stardom

    Opens February 18 – runs until end of 2018


    Tickets will be available for sale online Monday, January 15 at noon. Tickets will also be available at the door based on availability. Online tickets ensure entrance. Tickets can be purchased online via our website under the “Buy Tickets” tab. The opening weekend for the exhibit is February 18 and 19, the Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Stratford Perth Museum will be closed on Saturday, February 17. Tickets for the opening weekend will be sold with admission in two-hour time slots – 10 a.m. – noon; noon – 2 p.m.; 2 – 4 p.m. The museum’s hours and admission prices are also on our website. The Stratford Perth Museum’s summer hours begin May 7.


    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 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. This exhibit is made possible thanks to a sponsorship by Hyde Construction. Photo credit: Stratford-Perth Archives, The Beacon Herald collection. July 2002.