About Us

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

Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre

Address: 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON
Hours: Visits by appointment only, starting Monday, September 14. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Schedule Your Visit here.
Admission: Free

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.

Waverley Place

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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.

Clarke Schoolhouse

Clarke Schoolhouse

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.


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 melliott@clarington-library.on.ca, or 905-623-7322 x 2701.

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)
Fax: 905-623-8608


Contact Us

EMAIL: info@claringtonmuseums.com
PHONE: 905-623-2734
ADDRESS: 62 Temperance St. Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3A8