Clarington Gala Garden Party

You are invited to celebrate the vibrant and rich arts community in Clarington. Mark your calendar to attend the newly-named 2022 Clarington Garden Party Gala in support of the arts on Saturday, June 4, 2022, on the grounds of the historical Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre in Bowmanville.

Arts and culture play an integral role in Clarington’s community life. The Clarington Garden Party Gala supports two exceptional, not-for-profit agencies – the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington and A Gift of Art. Both organizations promote and nurture the ongoing development of local, artistic talent.

The Clarington Garden Party Gala is an initiative that showcases and celebrates our local artists. Join us for an event filled with musical entertainment, delicious food, cocktails, assorted refreshments and a creative silent auction. The event will include displays of unique works of art as well.

For more information, please visit: www.clarington.net/galatickets

Clarington Gala Garden Party poster.

Museum Service Updates

Service Update: March 10, 2022

As per Roadmap Exit Step regulations, Clarington Museums & Archives has re-opened the Sarah Jane Williams Centre for research assistance and/or self-directed tours of exhibits with no appointments required as of Monday, March 21, 2022. Hours of Museum operation are Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Research appointments are encouraged so staff may have the requested materials available.

Please see the Visit the Museum page for information regarding research appointments, self-directed exhibit tours, and the General Health Measures and Safety Plan.

Service Update: January 24, 2022

As per the Province’s phased approach easing public health restrictions, Clarington Museums & Archives will re-open the Sarah Jane Williams Centre on an appointment-only basis for research assistance and/or self-directed tours of exhibits effective as of Monday, January 31, 2022. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Service Update: January 5, 2022

As per the Modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen, Clarington Museums & Archives is closed to in-person visits. Virtual services are available Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Virtual research services are still available. Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research requests and General Health Measures and Safety Plan – Roadmap to Reopen, Modified Step 2.

Service Update: July 19, 2021

Clarington Museums & Archives has re-opened the Sarah Jane Williams Centre on an appointment-only basis for research assistance and/or self-directed tours of exhibits. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research appointments, self-directed exhibit tours, and our General Health Measures and Safety Plan.

Service Update: April 1, 2021

As part of the Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown announced April 1, 2021, Clarington Museums & Archives is closed to the public.

Research services are still available. Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research requests and General Health Measures – Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown.

Service Update: February 19, 2021

Clarington Museums & Archives has re-opened the Sarah Jane Williams Centre on an appointment-only basis for research assistance and/or self-directed tours of exhibits. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research appointments, self-directed exhibit tours, and our General Health Measures and Safety Plan.

Service Update: December 23, 2020

As part of the Provincewide Shutdown announced December 21, 2020, Clarington Museums & Archives is closed to the public.

Research services are still available. Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding research requests and General Health Measures – Provincewide Shutdown.

Service Update: August 31, 2020

Clarington Museums & Archives will re-open as of September 14 for service by appointment only for research and self-directed tours of exhibits at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre. Please see our Visit the Museum page for more information regarding booking your appointment and General Health Measures – Durham Region Red Zone.

ClaringTown Re-Opens!

ClaringTown has re-opened! Book your visit and enjoy selected interactives, including make and take activities. Children will be able to create items for play while visiting ClaringTown, then take them home to continue the play!

Hand sanitizer is available, and we encourage members to clean and sanitize hands before and after visiting ClaringTown.

To book your visit, please see our Visit the Museum page.

Update: You can now drop into visit ClaringTown, no appointment required! All interactive elements, toys, and activities are now available! We can’t wait to see you!

Black History Month: Historic Figures

Celebrate and honour Black History Month with Clarington Museums & Archives.

Discover stories of some of the notable Black Canadians who lived in Clarington as early as 1861, including Nehemiah Smith, Lucy Thurman, Dr. Charles Spencer Smith, and Joseph Robinson.

Fore more Black History Month programs, please see the Clarington Public Library website.

Watch the video on YouTube, or check out the embedded video below!

Black History Month – Historic Figures

Waverley Place Anniversary

As Waverley Place celebrates its 60th anniversary as a museum, it is important to recognize its place in the community. We hope you enjoy this short video exploring the history of this house and property which has served as a home for two families, and is now a gathering place for families, friends, and community members.