Visit the Museum

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 phone 905-623-2734 or email for virtual research services. If required, please complete and send the Research Request Form.

Waverley Place and Clarke Schoolhouse locations remain closed.

General Health Measures and Safety Plan – Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown

The public health regulations implemented by the Ontario government in Durham Region include a range of restrictions affecting many businesses. In accordance with the Emergency Brake Shutdown Provincial Framework, the Museum is closed to the public. The Museum is continuing to offer virtual research services. Please call or email staff with your questions.  We will continue to monitor changes in public health regulations and adjust services as required to ensure the safety of both our staff and customers.

Please see the Government of Ontario’s COVD-19 Public Health Measures and Advice and Roadmap to Reopen websites for more information.

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.

Vaccination Clinics

Starting Monday, March 8, 2021, at 8 a.m., residents of Durham Region can begin registering for appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Register online at or call 1-800-841-2729 to book your appointment.

Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex will be used as one of eight sites across Durham Region for the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. Vaccinations are being provided to various priority groups, as outlined in the province’s vaccine distribution plan

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Contact Us

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