Museums

Museums

Throughout Northumberland County are places devoted to history and open to the public, each an invitation to explore the past. They are an eclectic ensemble - from displays of military memorabilia to a showcase commemorating a movie star; from authentic recreations of domestic life to a rare collection of fire engines - but they are all united by a reverence for history. We recommend any of the following as a way to get to know Northumberland better:

  • Northumberland County Archives - This department holds primary records and artifacts related to the history of Northumberland County's people, municipalities, businesses, organizations, events, and properties.  They'd be happy to assist you with your genealogy, property or other local history research needs.
  • Roseneath Carousel - One of the last operating merry-go-rounds in North America; like a page out of an old county fair.
  • Dorothy's House - A humble rural house chock full of household memorabilia and farm equipment from another era; a step back in time in Garden Hill. 
  • Marie Dressler House - She was the toast of Hollywood in the early 1930s, but the woman who gained fame as Tugboat Annie was born in this house in Cobourg. 
  • Canadian Firefighters' Museum - Still looking for its ultimate home, this museum of fire engines and other firefighting equipment is housed in Port Hope. 
  • Proctor House - Presiding over Brighton from high on a hilltop, this heritage home offers visitors of taste of life in the high-Victorian era.
  • Memory Junction - A privately run museum whose focus is the history of the railway; exhibits include rolling stock, box-cars and more at - where else? - the Brighton train station.
  • Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre - This mysterious limestone building in downtown Cobourg has taken on a new life as a museum featuring the unique local history of the area through various  themed exhibits.  Open seasonally May to October.
  • Campbellford - Seymour Heritage Centre - Keeps the history of Campbellford and area alive in an old stone building in the downtown core.
  • Barnum House - An early (c.1819) and exceptionally stylish house, ornamented with just the right amount of Neo-classical trim. One of the most architecturally significant houses in Canada. Just west of Grafton.