About Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre, Ontario
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre is located in the historic hamlet of Vandorf and was established in 1971. The Museum site covers about 4 acres and includes a permanent collection of over 16000 artifacts and the following 5 historic structures:
* The Bogarttown Schoolhouse was constructed in 1857 and is believed to be the oldest brick schoolhouse still standing in southern Ontario;
* The Pioneer Log Cabin, circa 1850;
* The Brown House — a Victorian farmhouse constructed by James Brown in 1857 and restored to reflect the 1880s;
* The Barn — dismantled and re-assembled at the museum in 1983 with an authentic barn raising bee complete with a dinner and square dance thanks to the support of local community members; and
* The Vandorf Public School, first constructed in 1870 with major renovations in 1905, which also served as the local headquarters for the Ontario Provincial Police from 1957 to 1971.
In 2012, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum welcomed the addition of a Community Centre that blends the old with the new. The new facility includes a Research Room, a dedicated Exhibition Gallery, a Discovery Room, a full modern kitchen and two Rental Spaces.
What to do at Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum?
Attractions and things to do at Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum
Experience the local lifestyle of the 19th Century through the Museum’s heritage buildings. The Museum’s guided tour takes you through the Log Cabin, Barn (open end of May to mid October), the Victorian Farmhouse, Bogarttown Schoolhouse and the new permanent exhibit in the Vandorf Public School (opening end of 2015). The tour starts in the heritage buildings and brings you back to the Community Centre where you can take a look at the Exhibit Gallery’s current exhibit as well the Discovery Room where you can explore our themed hands-on baskets!
Are you interested in your genealogy or a researching a specific property? Perhaps you want to learn more about your community? The Research Room, containing the Museum’s family and community reference library and archives, is a private setting in which to further your research. Research fees may apply. Call to book your appointment today!
Find those hard-to-get heritage toys and crafts at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre Gift Shop! We feature a range of books, craft kits, hand-made clothing, maps and other souvenir items. Unique toys include Jacob’s Ladder, slate boards and pencils, Knitting Nancy, Wooden Acrobat’s and more! Victorian-style Christmas gifts are also available seasonally.
Do you need a rental space for your next special event? Look no further as the Museum & Community Centre offers 3 rental space options: The Main Hall, Half the Main Hall and the Community Room. From corporate rentals, to weddings to general special occasions, you’ll be delighted with our rental facilities. The Museum grounds with the character of the historic buildings and the beautifully manicured gardens is the perfect spot for your photo session too! Call us for a quote!
The Museum hosts many special events and programmed activities throughout the year! Some of our larger annual events are the Antique & Classic Car show, the Victorian Tea, and the Candlelight Tour! Examples of programs that are run throughout the year include (but is not limited to) summer camps, PA Day workshops, March break camp and one-day activities for the whole family! Are you part of a group looking for something to do?…give us a call! We can customize a group tour or an educational program for you that suits your needs! We also offer programmed birthday party options!
Who will enjoy the attraction the best?
The Museum & Community Centre has something to offer for everyone!
When to visit Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum?
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum Hours / Timing
Regular Hours (Labour Day to Victoria Day weekend): Tuesday through Saturday | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Summer Hours (Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day): Tuesday through Saturday | 10:00 PM – 5:00 PM
CLOSED: Sundays and Mondays year round.
Research facilities are available by appointment only. Please call to book to your preferred time.
Rentals and group tours/education programs may be available outside of regular hours of operation. Please call to speak with staff to book in a particular time.
Time required to visit
1 hour and up depending on interest.
How much will it cost to visit Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum?
Museum admission rates:
Adults – $6 plus tax, Seniors/Students – $5 plus tax, Children (3-12) – $4 plus tax,
Family (up to four people) – $16 plus tax
If you are a Cultural Access Pass holder, you get into the Museum at no charge.
If you hold a Museum Membership with the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre, you can tour our facility for free. There are other member benefits as well!
Each May, the Museum celebrates International Museum’s Day with FREE admission to our site. Contact us to confirm which Saturday this will occur on in May.
Is your workplace part of the Attractions Ontario Reciprocal program? If so, bring your ID and you can tour our site for free!
Types of payment accepted
Mastercard, Visa, Debit, cash or cheque
How to get to Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum?
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum Directions & Location
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre is located at 14732 Woodbine Ave in Gormley. We are on Woodbine Ave., just north of Bloomington Rd and just South of Aurora Rd.
Free parking is available on site.
What about Amenities & Accessibility at Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum?
The Main facility is accessible as are most heritage buildings. The Victorian Farmhouse is the one heritage building that is not accessible.
There are accessible and family friendly washrooms on site.
Service/guide animals are permitted Cameras are permitted but we request that flashes are not used when taking photos within the heritage buildings or exhibit spaces.
No food or drink is permitted within the heritage buildings or exhibit spaces.