Visit the Museum

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.

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

As of Monday, March 21, wearing a mask is no longer required inside Clarington Public Library, Museums, & Archives locations. Staff and members may choose whether they want to wear a mask indoors. Please respect the personal space of others while in the Library and Museum.

For more information or if you have any questions, please phone 905-623-2734 or email

Waverley Place and Clarke Schoolhouse locations remain closed.



ClaringTown has re-opened! All interactive elements, toys, and activities are now available! We can’t wait to see you!

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


General Health Measures and Safety Plan – Roadmap Exit Step

The Library and Museum 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.

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

What You Need to Know Before Visiting

If you are interested in using our in-person services, here is what you need to know:

  • If you have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay at home and do not visit the Library.
  • Practice physical distancing wherever possible.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often, including before and after touching materials. Hand sanitizer is available in branch and our public washrooms are open and available for use.

Safety Precautions

With the availability 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 Ontario Public Health regarding best practices within library, museum, and retail industries.

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

  • Staff are passively screened prior to entering the workplace.
  • Staff have been trained and follow hand hygiene protocols.
  • Hand sanitizer is available to members during their visit.
  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
  • Location receives a full cleaning nightly.
  • Plexiglass is in place at the customer service desks.
  • Everyone is asked to help stop the spread of germs by following proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • We will follow the directives of Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) or Ontario Public Health of staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to high-risk contact to someone with COVID-19, and we 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.



Can I visit the Museum to view exhibits?
Yes, self-directed tours of ongoing exhibits at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre are available.  Please see our Exhibits page for more information.

Am I able to visit the Museum to conduct research?
Yes, the Museum’s research service is available. Research appointments are encouraged so staff may have the requested materials available. Please complete the Research Request Form if required.

Can my family visit to play in ClaringTOWN?

ClaringTown has re-opened! Drop by and visit today, no appointment required!

Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry, and we encourage members to clean and sanitize hands before and after visiting ClaringTown.

What additional cleaning is being conducted to ensure my visit is safe?

The safety of our community and staff are of the highest priority. There is enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces (ex. computers, etc.), with full cleaning of the location every day.

Please see our General Health Measures and Safety Plan above.

Is it safe to handle documents or other materials during research?
As always, preserving Clarington’s history is a vital part of the Museum’s operation, and materials in the Museum’s collection may only be handled according to our policies. Please see our General Health Measures and Safety Plan above.


Contact Us

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