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Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives

The building that now holds the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives was constructed in 1875 by Carl Beck. Its original function was a general company store for the workers in Beck’s nearby sawmills, and it carried everything from hardware to groceries. The Beck Company employees were paid partly in cash and partly in Beck tokens, which were only redeemable at this store and another similar one on Main Street, a method of payment that increased the company profits. At this museum, you will find Simcoe County's oldest car, a turn-of-the-century general store and other exhibits. This rectangular two-storey building still stands on its original site. Come and learn about the history of one of Ontario's oldest communities. While the museum is currently open, visitation is limited and visitors are encouraged to pre-book their visit through email or phone. For Digital Doors Open, however, explore the site through the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

13 Burke Street
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-2150
Email: museum@penetanguishene.ca
www.penetanguishene.ca/en/Museum.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives 13 Burke Street