Nestled on the banks of Duffins Creek in the hamlet of Greenwood, Ontario, Pickering Museum Village delivers unique heritage programming for visitors of all ages. This living history village features 19 heritage buildings, with historically accurate gardens and an orchard, in beautiful rural Pickering, telling the story of Pickering’s settlement and development from earliest European arrival to 1910.
Story by: Katrina Pyke, Coordinator, Museum Operations
Submitted by: Tanya Rice, Supervisor Cultural Services, City of Pickering
Pickering Museum Village excels at unique, hands-on, multisensory heritage experiences. “History in Action Saturdays” every week in July and August highlight different activities that encourage guests of all ages to step into the past. Themes range from baking contests (you’re the judge) and interactive theatrical vignettes, to traditional settler work “bees” (work parties) and the Amazing Pioneer Race filled with timed challenges. Without question, the highlight of the summer will be the two Museum Minecraft Saturdays, where families can come and work through tasks that bring the popular computer game off the screen and into real life!
Looking for something artful for children? Kids in the Village, every Thursday morning offers an hour of pioneer games followed by a heritage inspired craft. Or perhaps parents want to encourage their children to explore a pioneer museum in a different, and more intimate way. History Mystery Kits can be checked out at the front desk, and are filled with themed activities, ranging from a self-discovery geocaching quest, to solving a crime while taking at tour of the Museum Village.
For adults who want to travel back in time and enjoy a culinary experience, book into a Summer Solstice or Harvest Supper, and experience an intimate dining experience with a theatrical experience you’ll remember for years.
For more information on Pickering Museum Village, including a virtual tour, visit pickering.ca/museum.
Think History is Boring? Think Again!
As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.