Current Exhibits

Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom
EXTENDED until the end of 2021

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 2021.

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 2021.

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. The last two years, more than 20,000 visitors from around the world came through the museum’s doors, including Bieber, who has dropped in several times.

Anne Frank: A History for Today

A travelling exhibition from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The travelling exhibition “Anne Frank - A History for Today” tells the story of Anne Frank set against the background of the Holocaust. The exhibition makes use of images from the Frank family and quotations from the Diary of Anne Frank. Each panel displays information about the most important developments of that time: the rise of National Socialism, the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews.

The Anne Frank exhibition aims to bring Anne’s life story to the attention of people all over the world to encourage them to reflect on the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy.

Accompanying this exhibit are artefacts loaned from the Montreal Holocaust Museum that highlight the stories of Jewish Canadians who experienced and escaped from the horrors of the holocaust, and of Jewish Canadian soldiers who took part in the Liberation of the Netherlands in 1945.

Who Was Tom Patterson?

“the softest-voiced, high-pressure salesman in the world.” - Tyrone Guthrie

Who Was Tom Patterson?  Well the obvious and easy answer is that he was the founder of the Stratford Festival. That falls well short of giving him his due. Even the founding of the Festival, his most significant feat, was a tireless decades-long passion that set the stage for one of the world's great theatres. He was a salesman who convinced politicians, directors, actors, volunteers, construction companies and the business community that it was a critical venture. He then nurtured the Stratford Festival as it grew and matured. That still falls short.

He was a family man. He married twice, had five children and eight grand children. He was a veteran, a journalist, an academic, an author. His life was touched by both personal tragedy as well as monumental achievement. But above all else he was a citizen of Stratford and a citizen of the world who never looked at the plight of his hometown or the plight of others with indifference. He was a critical observer who was always looking for ways to make things better. And he was often successful - that's who Tom Patterson really was.

This exhibit celebrates and documents the life of Tom Patterson, the founder of the Stratford Festival. Created to coincide with the opening of the new Tom Patterson Theatre and with Tom Patterson’s 100th birthday on June 11, 2020, it is now open in 2021.

The Car That Ran on Hot Air - The Brooks Steam Car

Did Oland J. Brooks’ truly intend to venture into the world of automobile manufacturing? Or was it, from the beginning, a financial scheme to sell stock to unsuspecting investors and line his own pockets?

This steamy scandal surrounded the establishment of the Brooks Steam Motors Manufacturing plant in Stratford in the 1920s. Financier Oland J. Brooks planned to manufacture a luxury steam car and employ hundreds of local machinists and mechanics. It was all an illusion. Of the 174 cars that were produced over the short life of the company, only 8 are known to exist. One is in the collection of the Stratford Perth Museum.

Thanks to a grant from…. a recreation of the interior of the Brooks factory, now provides a striking backdrop to the car, and reveals details of O.J. Brooks history as a man “brilliantly trained in the art of parting people from their money.”

Perth UP: A Retrospective of Duty and Valour

This exhibit traces the history of the Perth Regiment from its inception in 1866 to its disbandment in 1965.

The theme201505031521_0001s 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.