About Markham Museum, Markham, Ontario, Canada
Markham Museum offers a unique family and educational experience on its 25 acres of parkland, featuring over 20 historic buildings.
Presenting the main themes of settlement as it relates to the environment, and the technologies used to adapt to life, the Museum’s many quality programs focus on the continued growth of our community. The Museum’s exhibitions and events engage the community as a whole and attract thousands of visitors to Markham and the Greater Toronto Area each year.
What to do at Markham Museum?
Attractions & Things to do
Go on daily guided tours of the museum site: year-round tours are offered for families and small groups (excluding special event days). During the winter season guests can go snow shoeing or in the summer season Geocaching around the 25 acre property at no additional cost!
The Markham Museum collection is held in one of Canada’s first LEED gold standard museum spaces. The special exhibitions change on a seasonal basis, but there is always What Is Markham? gallery to enjoy and over 20 historic buildings to be explored on the grounds including a mill, recreated businesses, and family homes.
Public programming for the whole family is offered year round with many seasonal themes, crafts and/or hands-on activities such as KEVA Planks. Stop by on Family Sundays for special family-oriented programming available as part of the regular Museum admission. The museum also offers a variety of pre-registered special interest programs for children, teens and adults from Munchkins and Science Magic to Wheel-throwing classes in our NEW Pottery Studio.
Camps take place during PA Days and over the March, Summer, and Winter Breaks when school is out.
Annual events are Winterfest, Applefest, and Scaryfest which include a full day of indoor and outdoor fun for the family with special programming throughout our exhibits.
Host a birthday party for your children at the museum. Offerings include specialized birthday packages that feature a Geocaching treasure hunt, a Construction and Engineering party with KEVA Planks, and creating clay creations at the Pottery Studio!
Markham Museum offers a variety of indoor and outdoor rental spaces for your special event ranging from wedding ceremonies in our 19th century church to family barbecues in our Garden pavilion.
Who Will Enjoy the Attraction Best?
There is something for every member of the family at the museum.
When to visit Markham Museum?
Markham Museum Hours
Thanksgiving to Victoria Day (Fall/Winter Season)
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 NOON to 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays (Special events, camps & pre-registered groups excepted).
Snow shoeing is available with admission during winter months.
Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (Spring/Summer Season)
Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 12 NOON to 5:00 PM
All exhibits are open, and daily scheduled tours of the museum are offered.
Research facility is available by appointment.
The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Canada Day, Simcoe Day, Victoria Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.
Time required to visit:
One hour & up, depending on interest.
How much to visit Markham Museum?
Adults – $6.00
Seniors (65+) – $5.00
Students (High School) – $5.00
Children (Ages 2 to 12) – $4.00
Family of Four (Maximum 2 Adults) $16.00
A few ways you could visit us for free: if you already have a Family membership to the Markham Museum, Flato Markham Theatre, or Varley Art Gallery in the City of Markham, if you are a Cultural Access Pass holder or are a participant in the Association of Science and Technology Centres Travel Passport Program (restrictions may apply, see your original membership for details).
How to get to Markham Museum?
Directions by car
Highway. 401 – take Highway. 404 North
Highway. 404 North – take Highway. 7 East
Highway. 7 East – turn left at Main St.
Main St. Markham North – Museum is located on Main St. just north of 16th Ave. (first major street north of Highway. 7)
Highway. 407 – take Markham Rd./Highway. 48 exit North Markham Rd. North – Museum is located on Markham Rd. just north of 16th Ave. (first major street north of Highway. 7)
Accessible by public transit: Please check with the TTC or York Region Transit or GO Transit for the most accurate transit information available.
Free parking available on site.
What about Amenities & Accessibility at Markham Museum?
Washrooms are available onsite and there are wheel chair accessible washrooms available.
Most buildings are wheel chair accessible.
Cameras are allowed and encouraged!
While no food is allowed in our exhibitions or historic buildings, you can bring food with you and have a picnic outside at our picnic tables on the Pavilion.