There are currently three sites under the care of the Clarington Museums and Archives: The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre (above left), Waverley Place (above middle – formerly the Bowmanville Museum), and the Clarke Schoolhouse (above right).
Please read on to learn more about each of our fantastic sites.
The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre
Address: 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON
Hours: With the announcement of the Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown, as of Tuesday, April 6, all locations of Clarington Museums & Archives are closed to the public. Virtual research services and your virtual museum are still available! Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information.
Located in the former Bowmanville Library, the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre (named for its benefactor) houses major parts of our Collection including our archival and artifact collections and our business office.
This Center’s large exhibit space presents high-quality temporary exhibitions to Clarington throughout the year including travelling exhibits by significant partners such as the Royal Ontario Museum.
The Administrative Offices of the Clarington Museums and Archives are located within the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre.
Address: 37 Silver Street, Bowmanville, ON
Hours: Currently closed for structural restoration
Originally built as a one-story, Regency style cottage in 1847, Waverley Place (formerly known as the Bowmanville Museum) has been restored as a period home (1901-1930) reflecting the lifestyle of a wealthy merchant family. The nine rooms include a parlour, dining room, conservatory, master bedroom, and children’s bedrooms.
Address: 7086 Old Kirby School Road, Orono, ON
Hours: Currently closed
The Clarke Schoolhouse, located on the former land of Nathanial Powers, the first settler in Kirby, has the distinction of being the first designated heritage building in the community.
A turn of the century Blacksmith Shop, outdoor displays of agricultural equipment, and the Volunteer Building surround the One Room Schoolhouse to depict early pioneer life in Clarke Township.
To illuminate Clarington and its heritage through lasting and meaningful experiences with artifacts, exhibitions and programmes that inspire future generations and enliven our community.
To be a vibrant community heritage resource where people come to discover, explore and create.
The Clarington Museums & Archives is governed by the Museum and Archives Advisory Committee (MAAC), which reports directly to the Clarington Public Library Board through the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary-Treasurer of the Clarington Public Library, Museums & Archives.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAAC meetings are currently being held virtually, via electronic participation, and are open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please contact Megan Elliott at email@example.com, or 905-623-7322 x 2701.
Meetings in 2021 are as follows:
- Thursday, April 29th, 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 28th, 6:00 p.m.
Committee members are:
- Marina Ross, Chair
- Steve Middleton
- Marilyn Morawetz
- Regional Councillor Joe Neal, Wards 1 & 2
- Katharine Warren
You can contact the Committee by writing, phoning, or emailing the Manager of Business Administration:
Megan Elliott, Manager of Business Administration
Clarington Public Library, Museums & Archives
163 Church Street
Bowmanville, ON L1C 1T7
Phone: 905-623-7322 x2701 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday)
ADDRESS: 62 Temperance St. Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3A8