The County Museums are gathering spaces to engage with local heritage, the material and intangible alike, and to reflect on the compelling ties it shares with Prince Edward County’s vibrant and contemporary culture. We interpret the centuries-old heritage of Prince Edward County by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the material culture that best illustrate its captivating essence, including natural history specimens, historical artifacts, stories, objects of art and heritage sites.
Together, these provide the basis for exhibitions and educational programmes, for research and study, for special performances, lectures and symposia, and for outreach. Our facilities will also serve as unique backdrops for community occasions such as special events, ceremonies, and celebrations.
The County Museums are the guardians of 35 buildings/structures and an estimated 50,000 artifacts. They are also the caretakers of heritage gardens, parkland, orchards, outdoor exhibits and an early 19th century cemetery.
Prince Edward County Council is the governing authority for the Museum system and receives recommendations from the Prince Edward Museum Advisory Committee.
In 2019 The County Museums have developed a new strategy. The strategy was determined by a committee made up of staff and citizen representatives.
Bookings & Registrations
The Museums of Prince Edward County offers programming to the community, including school programs, and welcomes groups rent their facilities and grounds for special events.
The County Museums would be thrilled to host your child’s birthday party! In return we can offer a morning or afternoon of “old fashioned fun!”
Birthday Parties: $15 + HST per child.
Parent helpers are free of charge. Includes an activity and/or games and hands-on instruction in a heritage craft. Some sites allow for kids to try out a heritage recipe.
Birthday Parties are available at:
- Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, Ameliasburgh (seasonal)
- Macaulay Heritage Park, Picton
- Mariners Park Museum, South Bay (seasonal)
- Rose House Museum, Waupoos (seasonal)
- Wellington Heritage Museum, Wellington (Heritage Garden – seasonal)
Contact Us to learn more, and to help us plan the perfect party for your child!
When it can be accommodated, filming and photography can be arranged at the County Museums.
Several of the Museums operate in park-like settings and are often host to impromptu outdoor photography sessions both during and outside of museum operating hours. The Museums rely on volunteers to keep our grounds beautiful. Please consider making a donation to the site if you plan on using the museum properties for a photography session.
All Museums – Filming & Photography Fees
Filming-Site Rental within normal business hours (per business day) $1,000.00 + HST
Filming Site Rental within normal business hours (per hour) $145.00 + HST
Filming Site Rental outside normal business hours (per hour) $200.00 + HST
Photos Interior of Museum (weddings, anniversary, etc.) (per hour) $50.00 Taxes in
Photos on Museum Grounds By Donation
Museums of Prince Edward County
- The Museums of Prince Edward County are heritage sites and utmost care must be exercised by film crews when working on museum property.
- Museums of Prince Edward County will designate a curatorial staff member to act as Site Supervisor during filming. The Site Supervisor shall have power of authority regarding use of the property and application of these guidelines. Museum staff will provide a cooperative environment for film shooting; however, they must also safeguard the historic property, its buildings and collections.
- Interior architectural features, furnishings, artwork, decorative objects and artifacts are considered priceless and irreplaceable. They must be protected at all times. The exterior architecture and landscape must also be considered in the same light.
- Particularly vulnerable rooms may only be filmed with minimal crew and equipment. These details are to be discussed and negotiated with curatorial staff prior to the commencement of filming.
- Due to space restraints the Museum site will be closed to the public during filming.
A Considerate Neighbour
- Reasonable effort must be made to minimize disruption to neighbouring residents. Notice to neighbours will be required where filming is likely to cause a disturbance in a residential area, e.g. exterior night lighting, traffic stopping, lane closures, loud noises etc.
Art Department, Set Dressing & Props
- For the most part, furniture, decorative objects and artwork may be used as set dressing. Museum staff will identify specific artifacts that may be utilized for visual interest only.
- Large pieces, such as pianos, tables, sideboards etc. must remain in their exact location.
- Sensitive artifacts and decorative objects deemed at risk will be removed to storage by Museum staff prior to film crew arrival on site.
- Some artwork, because of size or condition, must remain in original positions and may not be handled by on-set dressers or props personnel. Again, these details are to be discussed and negotiated with curatorial staff prior to the commencement of filming.
- Rugs cannot be removed and must be covered and protected.
- Any replacement dressing must not exceed the weight and dimensions of the originals.
- Heavy items, such as marble or bronze statues, large greenery arrangements, heavy mirrors or chandeliers may not be placed on original furnishings or hung from existing hooks or fixtures.
- Bookcases must be left undisturbed. Individual volumes may not be pulled and moved about as set dressing.
- Furnishings may not be removed from the premises, except in special circumstances, and with Curatorial approval, where removal for cleaning or conservation treatment will actually enhance preservation of the object.
- Use of candles or lanterns will require additional fire safety arrangements.
- On-set dressers and props personnel must be briefed on proper handling of furnishings. Decorative objects may only be moved by Museum staff.
- Personnel may not handle blinds, drapes or other window coverings due to the fragility of fabrics and hardware. Grip clips and tie-backs cannot be used on original fabrics.
- Use of fabric tees or other non-adhesive materials must be employed for position marking.
- Extensive set construction and alteration of the site is not permitted. Temporary “fill” pieces may be used providing they are light-weight, pressure-fitted, padded or felted, but there can be no construction or painting in-situ.
- Removal of existing door hardware, knobs, hinges, closing mechanisms etc. is not permitted, even temporarily.
- No adhesives may be used to affix floor or other coverings.
Lighting & Grips Departments
- Care must be taken to prevent excessive temperature fluctuations. Museum staff must be consulted in advance about cabling routes and equipment access, especially under rain or snow conditions.
- Protective mats or greenboard must be placed under equipment, stands and cases, and along all cable routes (may be wrapped in clean white sheets).
- Absolutely nothing may be taped or affixed to any surface.
- Personnel may not handle blinds, drapes or other window coverings (except shutters) due to the fragility of fabrics and hardware. Grip clips and tie-backs cannot be used on original fabrics.
- Lighting must not be aimed at or placed near paintings, prints or textiles; temporary screening will be required near light-sensitive furnishings.
- Architectural features such as pier mirrors, mouldings, valances, pilasters, cornices, decorative details and chandeliers are not permitted for adaptation as stands or supports for equipment.
- Floors and carpets must be protected with duramats, greenboard or clean cotton sheets and moving blankets throughout the set areas and along any equipment/personnel routes. Doorways, walls and furnishings must also be protected with corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap or moving blankets. These will need frequent adjustments during filming to ensure continuous coverage.
- Absolutely nothing may be taped or affixed to any wall or floor surface, nor any object or furnishing, even when securing protective coverings.
- Cleanliness must be maintained during filming. Upon completion of filming, Museum staff will thoroughly clean areas used. The production company will be responsible for staffing costs related to this cleaning.
Access & Accommodations:
- Cast and crew members, guests or other personnel associated with the productions must be provided with identification tags.
- Personnel are restricted to the specific areas involved in the production that day. All other areas are to be considered off limits.
- The public washrooms are available for use during filming; however they are limited facilities. The production company may provide portable toilets to be installed on the grounds.
- Care must be taken to prevent excessive temperature fluctuations; equipment, cabling and personnel routs may be restricted accordingly.
- Personnel may not sit on any of the furniture or place anything on or against tabletops walls or other surfaces unless otherwise specified.
- Smoking is only permitted outdoors; ash cans must be provided by the Locations Department.
- The Museum office telephone, fax and photocopier are for Museum business use only.
- Advance clearances must be obtained from municipal or regional authorities for traffic stopping, lane or road closures, during move-in and/or filming.
Craft Services & Catering:
- The kitchen is not available for use by craft services. If not required for filming or prop preparation, craft services may be set up outside.
- No food or beverages may be brought in to the buildings, with the exception of food designated spaces (i.e. the tea room)
- Food garbage and other refuse must be removed from the property at the end of each day.
- Actions or violent movements which may damage original building fabric are not permitted, without advance approval and mitigating preparation. This includes slamming of doors, drawers and cupboards, shutters, throwing of objects and deliberate spills.
- In most cases, mechanical/electric vibrations or noises can be reduced. Permission must be obtained by Museum staff before shutting down or unplugging any mechanical devices or appliances.
Special Effects Department
- All fireplaces are inoperable (with the exception of the Winter Kitchen at Macaulay House)
- Smoke effects, fireworks and explosion sound effects are not permitted, either indoors or out.
- Gunshots will require advance approval by Museum staff and municipal authorities, and must respect neighbouring residents.
- Parking is restricted to barest essential vehicles (i.e. generator truck & equipment trucks) on site.
- Permission for lane/road closures or County parking by-law exemptions must be obtained through municipal authorities.
Principals and Teachers,
VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AVAILABLE – contact us for details.
Grades 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 can visit our museums for curriculum-based tours that are engaging, interactive and memorable. If you have a request for another grade level (including pre-school and Kindergarten classes), please contact us. We would love to create a custom program for you.
Pre-visits to your classroom(s) are an option we are happy to offer, free of charge!
Programs typically run 1.5 hours but, again, can be customized for your specific preferences. Our sites have ample parking for buses, and we can provide a nice spot for your students to enjoy a bag-lunch. The cost of a 1.5 hour program is $5.00 per student and free admission is offered to teachers and chaperones!
Programs at Macaulay Heritage Park are offered year-round; the other museum sites offer programming seasonally, April through October.
Site rentals for each of the museums are arranged through the Head Curator. The rental form for Macaulay Heritage Park can be found below.
For more information about renting one of the County Museums, please contact us.
History Alive! Summer Camps for Children
Summer Camps at The County Museums run for 2 or 3 weeks in July and August, and take place at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, Macaulay Heritage Park and Mariners Park Museum.
Camps run from 9am-4pm. The cost is $35 +HST per child per day, and includes a healthy snack. Before and/or after care can be added for $5 per half hour (8:30-9:00am/4:00-4:30pm).
Each day consists of indoor and outdoor activities and crafts that often tie into a broader theme.
Graveyard & Gallows Walking Tour
Alongside an experienced guide, explore the grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park, the historic estate of Reverend William Macaulay, who is credited with giving Picton its name. Tour the neighbouring graveyard at his former church and spot the unusual tombstone that’s in Ripley’s Believe or Not. The tour will make its way to the nearby courthouse, where you’ll explore the exercise yards, jail cells and gallows, most famously used in the 1884 hanging of two local men, a sentence some say was based on dubious evidence.
Stay tuned for 2021 timings and pricing!
The County Museums would be thrilled to host your bus tour, for either a quick stop or an extended visit.
Bus Tour Rates:
Tour Only: $4.00 per person (tour leader & bus driver, no charge)
Tour with Light Refreshments: $10.00 per person (must be confirmed in advance)
The County Museums’ Curators can also provide a “Hop-On” guide service for bus tours. Available at:
- Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, Ameliasburgh
- Macaulay Heritage Park, Picton
- Mariners Park Museum, South Bay
- Rose House Museum, Waupoos
- Wellington Heritage Museum, Wellington
The museums do not have any in-person events scheduled, but like us on Facebook for a complete listing of our virtual events.
The Indigenous History of Prince Edward County (Permanent)
Macaulay Heritage Park, 23 Church Street, Picton
The County’s human history spans nearly 12,000 years. However, in the past our museums have focused almost solely on the last two centuries, and the story of white Loyalists, who arrived in Prince Edward County in the late 1700s, and their descendants. It is the duty of the County Museums to preserve the County’s history truthfully, and as completely as we can, and this permanent exhibit dedicated to the story of Prince Edward County’s Indigenous peoples provides an opportunity to collaborate with our neighbours at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and acquaint our visitors with an undertold story from this region’s past, present, and future.
The de Vries Natural Heritage Collection (Permanent)
Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, 517 County Road 19, Ameliasburgh
This collection tells incredible stories about our natural world, its biodiversity, both the carelessness and conservation efforts of humankind and last, but not least, the craftsmanship of Jake de Vries and his lifelong passion for preserving natural heritage for both public education and aesthetic appreciation. Although Jake was a hunter in his early years, he was more of a conservationist and considered taxidermy as a method of presenting the wonder and beauty of nature. The majority of specimens were not hunting trophies, but rather victims of either busy roadways or poachers (Ministry of Natural Resources staff often provided Jake with specimens that had met these sad fates). The collection shows the love he had for wildlife and his great gift for bringing these once lifeless creatures back to life.
Dutch Heritage in Prince Edward County
View the Virtual Exhibit.
Local Heritage Resources
The County Museums are not alone in local heritage preservation efforts. These are our community partners in the stewardship of Prince Edward County’s history and heritage:
Located just two blocks off Main Street in Picton, the Glenwood Cemetery is one of the most beautiful and historical cemeteries in Ontario. This 62-acre property of rolling hills, mature trees and winding dirt roads is typical of the Victorian age and remains largely unchanged since it opened in 1873.
Location: The Armoury, 187 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario, K8N 3A5
Featuring memorabilia dealing with The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment and its predecessors, including military weaponry from any Canadian historical period.
Contact: Peter Lockyer
Location: 74 West Mary Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0
332 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0
History Lives Here Inc. provides a range of professional communication services to assist businesses, industry associations and community heritage organizations to celebrate their history during anniversary years. History Lives Here Inc. also produces the popular “History Moments” Series which commemorates Prince Edward County’s collective past in entertaining video vignettes.
Info Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Email: email@example.com
Location: Box 35, 528 County Road 19 Ameliasburgh, Ontario, K0K 1A0
The Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre (MAGRC) is the home of various assets of the 7th Town Historical Society. The centre houses a valuable and rapidly growing collection of genealogical research material and historic items of local, provincial, national and international interest, including the Victoria Cross Library. These donations have been attracted from Canada, the USA and Europe.
A not-for-profit foundation dedicated to maritime history and conservation, marine research and nautical education. They have thousands of maritime and nautical documents, books, image charts, magazines and are expanding databases to provide comprehensive marine and nautical research.
The Archives are located adjacent to the Wellington Branch of the County of Prince Edward Public Library. An excellent resource for anyone interested in any aspect of local history, the mandate of the archives is to collect and preserve printed material having any bearing on the history of Prince Edward County.
Location: Shire Hall, 332 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0
The Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee is a statutory committee of Prince Edward County Council. PEHAC has been appointed to advise council on all matters relating to the protection and promotion of the County’s heritage resources, including those resources of significant architectural, cultural, historical, archaeological, natural or scientific interest within the County and to advise Council on matters relating to Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
Contact: Krista Richardson, Archivist
Mail: Prince Edward County Archives, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario, K0K 3L0
The Prince Edward Historical Society promotes the County’s history in a variety of ways, from preserving records that are important to the history and heritage of the area as well as actively seeking new materials, promoting new publications and hosting lectures on local historical themes.
Phone: 613.394.3381 ext. 3328
Location: Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Drive Trenton, Ontario, K8V 6X5
P.O. Box 371, Trenton, Ontario, K8V 5R9
Quinte Branch is part of Region VII of the OGS and covers the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward and part of Northumberland. The information in the Branch’s research library extends well beyond these counties. The goals and objectives of Quinte Branch are to encourage participation in genealogical activities; to assemble and preserve family histories and research material; and to facilitate and assist family history researchers at our library and by correspondence.
In 2005, the Victoria Schoolhouse (c.1904) was moved to its present location adjacent to the Ameliasburgh Pioneer Village. There visitors can experience a one room schoolhouse. The Archives, located in the Ameliasburgh Town Hall, have a large collection of artifacts and records to provide researchers with information regarding schools, teachers, students and curriculum.
Hours & Admission
The museums are currently closed until further notice, but we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.
Keep an eye on our events page, or like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with what the Museums have planned.
Ameliasburgh Heritage Village & Macaulay Heritage Park
Adults $5.00 incl. HST
Seniors and Students $4.00 incl. HST
Children (5-12) $3.00 incl. HST
Family* $14.00 incl. HST
* Up to two parents and their children (children under the age of 18)
Mariners Park Museum, Rose House Museum, and Wellington Heritage Museum
Admission is by donation.
Please note: Events at the museums may have a special admission.
Contact The County Museums
There are many ways that you can stay up to date on what is happening, and get involved at any of the County Museum sites!
Ameliasburgh Heritage Village
517 County Road 19, Ameliasburgh
Macaulay Heritage Park
23 & 35 Church Street, Picton
Mariners Park Museum
2065 County Road 13, South Bay
Rose House Museum
3333 County Road 8, Waupoos
Wellington Heritage Museum
290 Main Street, Wellington
There are many ways that you can stay up to date on what is happening, and get involved at any of the County Museum sites!
The Museums of Prince Edward County work with many volunteers to present our historical sites, programs, activities, and special events for public enjoyment.
Are you interested in becoming a museum volunteer? Please complete this short application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some museum volunteers are keen to help however they might be needed on any given day. Other museum volunteers prefer a well-defined responsibility or task to work on.
For those who prefer a defined job description, the following types of volunteer roles are available at The County Museums.
Public Relations Assistant
Assists with the marketing and promotion of the museum system. Duties include:
Helping to promote special events using all types of communication with the public (media releases, mailing lists, social media)
Distributing museum brochures/posters
Creating displays for, and supervising, museum booths at community festivals and events
Assists with the planning, designing and installation of exhibits. Duties include the following, in cooperation with the Curator:
Researching content for exhibit themes
Drafting design layouts
Selecting and locating appropriate artifacts
Installing interpretive panels, arrange artifacts and exhibit support material
Monitoring state of artifacts and support materials while on display
Responsible for giving tours for museum visitors. Duties include:
Touring visitors through the Museum / Museum Site
Providing guided walking tours affiliated with the Museum
May require use of period costumes
Adopting a “persona” and interpreting a particular activity, room or building at the museum site.
Assist the Curator with the presentation of curriculum-based programs for visiting school groups and/or reminiscence programs for Seniors groups. Duties include:
Assisting with program presentation at the museum or part of outreach activities
Helping distribute program information and evaluation
Assisting with the material preparation in advance of the program
Assisting with the development of new or revised programs
* A Vulnerable Sector Police Check is required for this volunteer position.
Responsible for “front-desk” duties at the museum. Duties include:
Giving an overview of the Museum / Museum Site
Giving tourist information
Handling small amounts of money for admissions / gift shop purchases
Recording visitor numbers
Responsible for assisting with event planning and execution. Duties include assisting the Curator with:
Brainstorming and planning museum events
Acquiring necessary supplies and volunteer assistance
Maintaining event checklists and monitoring progress
Event set up / take down
Responsible for the maintenance of, and updates to, the museum files, reference library, and collections databases. Duties include assisting the curator with:
Labelling files – prepare for storage or retention
Data entry (i.e. collections databases)
Updating reference materials and search aids
Looking up information for public requests or museum projects
Working with archival documents or photographs
Cataloguing the collections
Grounds and Gardens Assistant
Responsible for the care and upkeep of the grounds and gardens around the museum site. Duties include:
Ensuring cleanliness of the grounds
Weeding and watering
Harvesting gardens and putting them to bed for winter
Gift Shop Assistant
Help organize and operate the museum gift shop. Duties include, in coordination with the Curator:
Selection and ordering of inventory
Display and pricing of inventory
Brainstorm unique museum-specific products and investigate ways to have items produced
Helps to plan, prepare and present food-related events, or catering jobs, at the museums. Duties include:
Planning menus and preparing shopping lists
Shopping for menus
Store and prepare food items in the site’s inspected kitchen
Serve and clear tables
* This position requires a current Food Handler’s Certificate.
To apply for a volunteer position, click here.
The majority of acquisitions at the County Museums are through donation.
Artifacts accepted through donation must be specific to Prince Edward County, and could include:
- Artifacts produced in Prince Edward County.
- Artifacts related to historically important people, places and events.
- Artifacts sold in Prince Edward County.
- Artifacts used/owned in Prince Edward County.
- Artifacts that were made, utilized, sold or imported prior to or after the mandated collection period may be collected if their provenance is seen as an asset to the collection.
Artifacts should be well documented and include:
- Original owner and/or manufacturer.
- Original use of the artifact.
- History of the artifact.
- Other details associated with the object.
Generally, photographs and historical documents are better suited for the Prince Edward County Archives. If you are interested in donating an artifact, please make an appointment with staff in advance. The acceptance or refusal of an artifact is at the discretion of the Curator. Tax receipts can be issued for artifact donations; however the artifact must have accompanying documentation verifying its current value from a reputable appraiser or expert. Once an artifact has been donated and a gift form signed, a transfer of ownership has been completed. Donors cannot request the return of donated artifacts. Donors absolutely and unconditionally give the property to the museum, after which the objects may be displayed, loaned, reproduced, retained or disposed of in such a manner as the museum may deem in its best interests. This is explicitly stated on the museums’ gift form. The museums have thousands of objects in their collections. Donating an artifact does not necessarily mean it will be on display. Typically, a museum exhibits 10% of their collections at any given time.
Financial donations help to maintain day-to-day operations, programs, exhibitions and special projects at the County Museums. Your contribution will not only benefit the museum sites, but all museum visitors and Prince Edward County as a whole.
You can donate funds in a number of ways: by cheque, credit card or cash. Donations can be made in person, by mail, or over the phone.
Donation boxes are also on-site to assist with on-going operating costs. Financial contributions help sustain the County Museums. A tax receipt for your gift of over $20 can be issued upon request.