Centennial Museum and Archives

Museum building


The past of the most historic town west of Quebec City is proudly displayed in the 135-year-old Centennial Museum. Built in 1875 by Karl Maxillian (Charles) Beck the former C. Beck Lumber Office and General Store became the Town's Museum in 1967 in celebration of the Country's 100th birthday. Condemned to close in 1991, an extensive fundraising campaign by the Friends of the Museum saved it.

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The museum's Timber Bay Gift Shop is the perfect place to purchase your Penetanguishene souvenirs or gifts for those back home.

An active and vital genealogical research center is maintained by dedicated and friendly volunteers.

The museum's Great Hall, grounds and 20 × 40 tent are available for rental for meetings, workshops, parties, family reunions, and weddings.

Located on the shores of Penetanguishene Bay, the Museum grounds offer a quaint and beautiful setting for gathering of music and tales of our heritage.

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours
Tuesday to Saturday -9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours (July & August)
Monday to Saturday -9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday -12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Labour Day to Thanksgiving
Tuesday to Saturday -9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.                                                                                                       

The Centennial Museum is located at 13 Burke Street, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1C1. For more information contact the Museum at 705-549-2150.