We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Peterborough Museum and Archives

Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Museum Drive at 300 Hunter Street East (Armour Hill), Peterborough, Ontario K9J 6Y5, Canada
Phone Number: 705.743.5180
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 32 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 14
  • 12
    Very good
  • 5
  • 1
  • 0
Its worth the trip to see

If you want a brief but thorough history lesson about peterborough, this is the place to. Pay by donation and get ready to explore.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2016
Larry F
Peterborough, Ontario
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

32 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 32: English reviews
Peterborough, Ontario
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

If you want a brief but thorough history lesson about peterborough, this is the place to. Pay by donation and get ready to explore.

Thank Larry F
Lindsay, Ontario
Level Contributor
90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

This is not a stuffy, old museum. I guess I have that mindset from my childhood, but this venue certainly dispelled the notion. It is very professionally put together, and if you get a chance for the special tour of the storage area, you are in for a treat. The Hallowe'en exhibit was a bit gruesome, but extraordinary at the... More 

Thank debit7
Peterborough, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

It explains the history of Peterborough. The Irish settlers who came here. Also it tells the story of the Indians who were first here. The old pictures are great. Each year they also have a special exhibit like the AVRO ARROW, etc..

Thank 631akumal2015
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I visited on a Saturday. We really liked the collections of artifacts. I especially liked looking at the old photos of downtown from the 1890s. Also some good artifacts explaining the older industries that once were the backbone of the economy.

Thank Neil B
Peterborough, Canada
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This museum shows maps of the early city and where the different immigrant groups settled. It has models of the bunks on the boats that brought the immigrants, bunks that sometimes held a family of 13 people. There were lists of the passengers families, and the way Peter Robinson (for whom Peter's Borough was named, got them settled. There are... More 

Thank 102kwalsh
Level Contributor
86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is a small museum but very well laid out and packed with interesting information and exhibits. Very friendly staff.

Thank Diana M
Level Contributor
18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Very interesting about the history of the area. Lots of artifacts dating back to 1800's. There is also a very interesting archive building with some interesting memorabillia. A must see for any history buffs. On the grounds is a picnic shelter. This property overlooks some of the city.

Thank Betty H
Peterborough, Canada
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is a must to see if you visit Peterborough. This shows the history of Peterborough and the surrounding area in a very interesting way. Very family friendly.

Thank maggie h
Level Contributor
59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Really good small museum giving a good insight into the history and development of the city. Particularly enjoyed the stories of individuals who had helped to establish Peterborough

Thank Eggerslack
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Has some great things but not enough room. It should be combined with the Canoe Museum and a First nations Heritage museum top make it worthwhile

Thank gorgepook

Travelers who viewed Peterborough Museum and Archives also viewed


Been to Peterborough Museum and Archives? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Peterborough Museum and Archives and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
19 hours ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Peterborough Museum and Archives staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?