Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives
Explore one of Ontario’s last original general stores and learn about the area’s early lumbering industry at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives. Built in 1875 by Karl Maximillian (Charles) Beck, this historic building now hosts the stories of Penetanguishene’s cultural past. Rain or shine, the museum offers programming and special events throughout the year as well as an active genealogical research room, and varied travelling exhibits. If you are looking for a Penetanguishene souvenir, try our Timber Bay Gift Shop, or wander the beautiful museum grounds.
If you are up for some walking, join us on our two walking tours that are offered throughout the spring to fall months. Our Downtown Historical Walking Tour offers insight into the history of the homes and businesses on Main Street, showcasing archival photographs as well as lively interpreters. Our walk in Rotary Champlain Wendat Park will highlights the Indigenous and Franco-Ontarian history of our area through interpretation of the many art sculptures. Each tour is $7 per adult (children under 12 are free) and are offered on select Tuesdays and Thursdays from June to October. Visit our website for more details on all of the programs offered at the museum.