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Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives

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Small but fascinating

Gives a good look into the early days of Penetang and what made the town tick. Lots of interest for... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand
History, Genealogy - A Little Gem

Visited this museum as part of the Heart of Georgian Bay tourism tour. An original 1875 general... read more

Reviewed June 13, 2018
Wetherstone P
Midland, Canada
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The history of one of Ontario's oldest communities is proudly displayed at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives. Visit the 1875 Lumber Office and General Store owned by late lumber baron and past mayor, Mr. Charles Beck. Learn about the...more
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13 Burke St | L9M 1C1, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1C1, Canada
+1 705-549-2150
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

Gives a good look into the early days of Penetang and what made the town tick. Lots of interest for train and ship enthusiasts.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank latte-lover
Reviewed June 13, 2018

Visited this museum as part of the Heart of Georgian Bay tourism tour. An original 1875 general store and offices Karl Beck's lumbering business, this building is well preserved. They have special events and programming throughout the year and have an excellent genealogical research room....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Wetherstone P
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Lovely Museum, had a great time doing family research upstairs. You get that historical feel from the buildings and friendly lady inside helping us.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Wolf S
Reviewed August 25, 2017

This museum is located in the general store once owned and operated by lumber baron, Karl Maximilian (Charles) Beck. Lots of family artifacts, even an early automobile. You get a real feel for a company-operated store of the lumbering era.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank dawesio
Reviewed September 8, 2016

Best in the area. It's small but so interesting. The people involved are happy to share anything and everything relating to the history and their town.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank mardus_12
Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Canada Day activities at the museum help kill time without succumbing to the insane numbers of people and incredibly long lineups at other events but the activities are getting to be very repetitive and expected. Need new things but the music entertainment provided by local...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank trixxie b
Reviewed September 3, 2015

A very well organized museum of the local history and culture. The grounds are lovely and they have interesting outdoor exhibits including an old firehouse from the town. Apparently they offer programs for school children. The "General Store" section is most interesting. The people who...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Charlene K
Reviewed December 13, 2014

Very friendly staff. There's some interesting items. If you believe in ghosts there's a few good stories connected to the museum.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank Jangaro R
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Good place to find out about our local history. staff and volunteers are helpful. Beautiful displays. Lots of events. Free concerts in the summer. What more could you want from a small town museum?

Date of experience: January 2014
1  Thank Kathy B
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Loved the replica general store. Currently has an interesting Egyptian exhibit running. Nice little gift shop.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank hipfanatic
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