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  • the 1840s doctor’s study with medical instruments, books and furnishings
  • the Sir Sandford Fleming room with one of his original maps of Peterborough, his sextant and other surveying tools
  • an early Victorian parlour
  • the historic open hearth kitchen with period cooking utensils
  • a children’s bedroom with toys from the 1880s
  • Period gardens, including a cooking and medicinal herb garden

Virtual Exhibits

Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories

When the City of Peterborough, Ontario celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, reminiscing about the way things used to be was an important part of the occasion. “Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories” is a collection of these reminiscences, memories of how the city came to be the city it is today.

This Hutchison House Museum exhibit looks back at the lives of 11 citizens born, raised and still residing in Peterborough. Some left for one reason or another, such as war or school, but all returned to testify that there is no place in the world they would rather live.

The Life and Times of Dr. Hutchison in the Backwoods of Upper Canada

In 2010 Hutchison House Museum received funding to create a virtual exhibit for the Community Memories section of the Virtual Museum of Canada. After a year of hard work by staff and volunteers the result was the creation of ‘The Life and Times of Dr. Hutchison in the backwoods of Upper Canada’.

The museum would like to thank Peterborough Museum and Archives, Trent University Archives, Royal Ontario Museum, Library and Archives Canada, Jean Cole, Ann Baker, Gale Fewings and Erin Panepinto for all their help in the creation of this exhibit.

Temporary Exhibits

April to October 2021

A History of the Peterborough Historical Society and What We Do

Curated by long time volunteers Linda Chandler and Loretta Terry, this exhibit explores the history of the Peterborough Historical Society from its inception as the Peterborough Town and County Historical Association in 1896 to modern activities such as bus trips, plaques, publications, awards, Hutchison House and more.