Visit the Museum

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.

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 and Safety Plan – Durham Region Red Zone

The public health regulations recently implemented by the Ontario government in Durham Region include a range of restrictions affecting our operation, as well as reduced limits on social gatherings and indoor capacity numbers. We will continue to monitor changes in public health regulations and will adjust this Safety Plan 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 is 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 3 layer mask or face covering while inside as per the Durham Region Medical Officer of Health Instructions. Learn more about the Library’s policy on COVID-19 – Screening & Face Coverings.
  • Everyone will be actively screened prior to entry and are required to provide contact information for Public Health contact tracing purposes.
  • Practice physically distancing and keep a distance of 6 feet or 2 metres from others.
  • The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre is open by appointment only.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often, including before and after touching materials. Hand sanitizer is available in branch and our public washrooms are available for use.

Safety Precautions

 With the introduction of in-branch 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 retain industries. Here are some of the measures we have put in place:

  • Staff are screened prior to entering the workplace.
  • 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.
  • The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre receives 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 desk.
  • Materials accessed for research appointments are quarantined for five (5) days before they can be used by another researcher.
  • According to provincial directives and to keep you safe, we are monitoring occupancy capacity by booking appointments to view the exhibits or conduct research.
  • Everyone is asked to help stop the spread of germs by following proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • We will notify Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) of staff diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to high-risk contact to someone with COVID-19, and will cooperate fully with their investigation.
  • Should a staff member become ill at work, we will follow protocols to ensure they receive the proper care, including following self-isolation and disinfecting procedures and follow applicable Public Health directives.
  • Should a member of the public become ill at the Museum, we will follow protocols to ensure they receive the proper care and follow disinfecting procedures and follow all applicable Public Health directives.

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