Penetanguishene Centennial Museum


The past of the most historic town west of Quebec City is proudly displayed in the 135-year-old Centennial Museum. Built in 1875 by Karl Maxillian (Charles) Beck the former C. Beck Lumber office and General Store became the Town’s Museum in 1967 in celebration of the Country’s 100th birthday. Condemned to close in 1991, an extensive fundraising campaign by the Friends of the Museum saved it.

Quick Facts

  • The museum’s Timber Bay Gift Shop is the perfect place to purchase your Penetanguishene souvenirs or gift for those back home.
  • An active and vital genealogical research center is maintained by dedicated and friendly volunteers.
  • The museum’s Great Hall, grounds and 20 × 40 tent are available for rental for meetings, workshops, parties, family reunions, and weddings.
  • Located on the shores of Penetanguishene Bay, the Museum grounds offer a quaint and beautiful setting for gathering of music and tales of our heritage.

Hours of Operation


September 1 to June 30

Tuesday to Saturday – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Summer Hours (July & August)

Monday to Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Holiday Hours*

Closed on Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Eve at noon to New Years Day.

Admission: By Donation