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Stratford Perth Museum, Perth South

The Stratford Perth Museum is a cultural gem set in the County of Perth, offering a rich tapestry of art and history for visitors to explore. The museum, located on the grounds of a beautiful century farmhouse, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts with ever-changing exhibits that include the history of rail, the Stratford Festival and Justin Bieber’s rise to stardom that attracts visitors worldwide. Canadian singer Justin Bieber grew up in Stratford and his grandparents assisted in the creation of the exhibit, with Justin’s help. Guests can experience the popular Justin Bieber VIP Tour for a personalized backstage experience and photo shoot.

“Live theatre holds a special allure for visitors, drawing them in with its dynamic performances and immersive storytelling,” says Meredith Forget, manager of economic development and tourism for the Corporation of the County of Perth.

“With a lineup of over 100 events, the 2024 season at the Stratford Perth Museum promises to be a captivating journey through art, history and culture, leaving visitors inspired and enriched by their experiences.”

“The Stratford Perth Museum is one of the world’s coolest and surprising community museums,” says Kelly McIntosh, general manager of Stratford Perth Museum.

“We tell stories that matter, inspired by our rich heritage and culturally diverse context. Stratford is home to a world-renowned Shakespearean Festival, located in an agricultural epicentre, and is the … home to one of the most famous popstars of all time. “

The museum boasts an outdoor stage and, all summer long, offers live music in an intimate, outdoor setting. The 2024 lineup includes offerings by Rod Beattie of the beloved Wingfield Series, Stratford Summer Music and Here For Now Theatre, Stratford’s very own off-Broadway.

To Drag or Not to Drag, a Summer Spectacular, is a two-room exhibit in partnership with the Stratford Festival and the Stratford Festival Archives. The exhibit features costumes, production photos and stories from shows that made history at the Stratford Festival by breaking ground with non-traditional presentations of gender, earning both accolades and raised eyebrows. It explores the costumes, the stories behind the actors, directors and designers who embodied them, and reaction from the community. Through audio sound bites, visitors can hear from the artists themselves via QR code to phone audio interviews. Explorations will include Amaka Umeh’s Hamlet, Martha Henry’s Prospero and Jonathan Goad’s Titania to name a few.

The museum is also host to an incredibly popular seminar series: Nights at the Museum, Menopause Edition. The seminars are led by menopause expert and nurse practitioner Judy Gardiner, gynecologist Dr. Patricia and museum general manager Kelly McIntosh. This ground-breaking series has made national news and continues to sell out. The four-part series will be repeated in the fall of 2024 with plans to tour with the attending exhibit: Menopause: The Hysterical History of Women’s Health

For the third year, the Stratford Perth Museum is hosting its annual Indigenous Art Market and Cultural Celebration on Sept. 21. The free event, designed for both vendors and visitors, aims to create a celebratory space and healthy dialogue with a confluence of diverse minds and hearts.

  • Special to the Globe and Mail, May 17, 2024