Schedule your Visit

Clarington Museums & Archives has re-opened the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre on an appointment-only basis starting Monday, September 14 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.

To schedule your visit, please phone (905-623-2734) or email ( to select a date and appointment time. Staff will confirm your appointment in advance.

If required, please complete and send the Research Request Form in advance of your appointment, so staff may ensure materials are prepared and ready for your use.

Waverley Place and Clarke Schoolhouse locations remain closed.

General Health Measures – Durham Region Red Zone

The public health regulations recently implemented by the Ontario government in Durham Region include a range of additional restrictions affecting indoor dining, gyms, cinemas and other venues, as well as reduced limits on social gatherings. At this time, reduced occupancies are in place. Otherwise, no additional restrictions have been announced for museums, beyond the measures that are already have in place. We will continue to monitor changes in public health regulations and will adjust services as required to ensure the safety of both our staff and customers.

What you Need to Know before Visiting

If you are interested in using our in-person services, here are additional steps to take and what you need to know:

  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment. If you have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay at home and do not visit the museum.
  • Wear a mask or face covering while inside as per the Durham Region Medical Officer of Health Instructions. Learn more about the COVID-19 – Screening & Face Coverings policy.
  • Everyone will be actively screened prior to entry and be asked to provide contact information for contact tracing purposes.*
    • *Personal information is being collected during the pandemic for the purposes of contact tracing and may be provided to Durham Health, if necessary. It will be destroyed after 30 days.
  • Keep a distance of 6 feet or 2 metres from others.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often, including before and after touching materials.
  • The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre is open by appointment only. Appointments times are limited to a maximum of one hour.

Safety Precautions

 With the introduction of in-person services, the health and safety of our staff and our members continues to be our top priority.

The reinstatement of our services follows the reopening framework provided by the Province of Ontario, and the advice of the Ontario Public Health follows best practices within Cultural Heritage Institutions and Attractions and retail industries.

Here are some of the measures we have put in place:

  • All staff have been issued and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while handling materials and offering public service.
  • Staff have been trained and follow hand hygiene protocols
  • Hand sanitizer is available to members during their visit.
  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces occurs regularly during opening hours.
  • Branches receive a full cleaning nightly.
  • The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre has appropriate physical distancing protocols in place. Plexiglass is in place at the customer service desks.
  • Computer workstations are two metres apart to ensure physical distancing measures. Workstations are sanitized between use.
  • Returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of five (5) days as a safety precaution.
  • According to provincial directives and to keep you safe, we are monitoring occupancy capacity at our branches and limiting the number of people inside.

COVID-19 Resources

We encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information such as Durham Regions website, the Province of Ontario’s website, and Public Health Ontario.


Contact Us

PHONE: 905-623-2734
ADDRESS: 62 Temperance St. Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3A8