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October 26, 2020

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News & Events

Harvest Tea and Dessert

Date: Thursday October 22, 2020

Sittings: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Cost: $5

Hutchison House Museum will host a Harvest Tea and Dessert on Thursday October 22 with sittings at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Enjoy a taste of fall with a delicious piece of apple buckle, topped with a dollop of whip cream. Tea, iced Tea or lemonade will add a refreshing compliment to this fall repast. Tickets are $5 each and booking and payment are required in advance. Seating is limited. Weather permitting the event will be held on the terrace or  in the Keeping Room with the windows open for extra ventilation. Masks are required while you are inside the museum. If the museum has to cancel the event you will be entitled to a full refund. For more information or to make a reservation please contact the museum office at 705-743-9710.

Haunted Halloween for Kids

Dates: Friday October 30 from 6-9pm and Saturday October 31 from 10am-4pm


While things will look a little different this year, the month of October would not be complete without the Halloween tradition. Look out for young ghostly ghouls and goblins on Friday October 30th from 6-9pm and Saturday October 31 from 10am-4pm, when Hutchison House will host Halloween tours of the museum. Enjoy a spooky tour and take a craft and treat to go. Registration is required. There is a maximum of six people (from the same bubble) per 25 minute time slot. Admission for the Haunted Halloween spooktacular event is $5 per person. Costumes are encouraged and an adult must accompany young children. While we do make the upper levels of the house a little spooky, it is not our intention to scare anyone. For more information or to reserve a time slot please contact the museum office.

Scottish Tea in a bag

Cost: $15 each

For anyone interested in the Scottish Teas and were not able to visit this summer, staff and volunteers have put together 'Scottish Tea in a Bag' that can be purchased from the museum for $15 each. Each bag includes dry mix for one scone (when cut into 8pc at the museum, it is enough to serve 4), 1 doz oatcakes, a jar of jam, a tea card with two tea bags and the recipes for both the scones and oatcakes. Purchase one for yourself to have your own tea party or give as a gift! For more information or to purchase please contact the museum office at 705-743-9710 or email us at

Day Camp Kits

Cost: $15 each or 2/$25

While Hutchison House is not able to accomodate Day Camps at the museum at this time, we would like to bring the museum to you! Hutchison House staff have prepared instructional videos and materila kits for three of our most popular day camp programs: Bookbinding, Teddy Bears and Woodland Fairies and Toadstools. Instructional videos can be found by going to the Hutchison House YouTube channel or by following the links below. Material Kits can be purchased from the museum at a cost of $15 each or 2 for $25. For inquiries about our day camp kits or to purchase please contact the museum at 705-743-9710.


In this kit children will create their very own hand crafted journal. Your child will not only feel satisfaction for making their own book and personalizing it however they would like, but it will also make a great space for them to store memories.

Check out the bookbinding instructional video here.

Teddy Bears

A hands-on activity, children will love making their very own teddy bear. Many different skills are involved in the creation of this toy, with a final result that is oh, so satisfying.

Check out the Teddy Bear instructional video here.

Woodland Fairies and toadstools

Fairies and elves were both good and bad, pranksters and helpful. They were the guardians of nature, woodland animals and gardens. They were helpful if you respected them, but caused problems when you didn't. In this kit children will create their own fairy out of a variety of materials.

Check out the Woodland Fairy Instructional video here.

Hutchison House Re-opening Plan

Including new Scottish Tea and Tour Regulations

The museum will be open to the public three days a week (Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) with time slots at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm starting July 15th, 2020.

Tours and Scottish Teas require pre-registration and payment in advance. This can be done by calling the museum office at 705-743-9710.

Hutchison House will provide hand-sanitzer for visitors upon entering and exiting the museum. Visitors will be required to wear masks when inside the museum.

Please do not visit the museum if you have recently travelled outside of Ontario in the past 14 days, have or been in contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 or any of the following symptoms including: fever, new or worse cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headaches, diarrhea, chills, runny nose/nasal congestion without other known cause, nausea/vomiting, pink eye (conjenctivities), difficulty swallowing, unexplained fatigue/malaise/musle aches, abdominal pain, decrease or loss of sense of smell or taste

Only groups of a single bubble are allowed per booking time slot for both tours of the museum as well as Scottish Tea. The max number per tour or table is 4 people.
All visitors will be required to enter through the accessible door on the north side of the museum and exit along the pathway on the west side of the building if having tea or through the front door if you are having a tour. This will allow for one way traffic flow.
Each time slot allows for a 45 min visit (either touring or having tea) this will allow staff time to clean inbetween visitors.
Staff and volunteers will do a deep clean of the museum at the end of each day as well as cleaning bathrooms and hightouch areas (ie. doorknobs, light switches etc) after each visitor.
Staff and volunteers will wear masks and/or faceshields when preparing the food as well as anyother interactions with the public.
Visitors will be required to maintain a 6ft gap while on museum property.
To Register: Please call the museum office for available times to register. Visitors must register in advance for all museum programs including tours and the Scottish Teas. Payment is due at time of registration. Registration for Scottish Tea must be made at least 12 hours in advance of requested booking (ie. If you would like to come for tea on July 15 registration must be completed by end of day July 14).
Cancellation Policy: If you are not able to visit at your requested time you may reschedule or receive a full refund if you notify the museum 48 hours before your appointed visit. You may reschedule or recieve a 50% refund if you cancel with 24 hours notice. You will recieve no refund if you do not show up for your appointed time. At this time Scottish Teas are only being held on the terrace, in the event of inclement weather the teas will be cancelled and visitors will be entitled to a full refund and the option to reschedule.
The museum will not be accepting donations to the collection at this time.

For more information please contact the museum office at 705-743-9710 or email us at

Digital Resources

 Are you a teacher or parent looking for educational Resources for your children at home? Hutchison House Museum has compiled a series of activities, worksheets and overviews for you to download and use at home. Our digital resources will be updated as new content is being developed and adapted for home use. So while you can not visit the museum right now, let us help bring the museum to you.


Historical Overview of Early Settlers

Historical Overview of Peterborough

Historical Overview of Hutchison House Museum



Early Settler Vocabulary

Early Settler Daily Life worksheet

Early Settler Letter writing worksheet

Early Settler Mystery Artefact worksheet and answer key



Jacobs Ladder


Outdoor Games


Virtual Exhibits

Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories

 When the City of Peterborough, Ontario celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, reminiscing about the way things used to be was an important part of the occasion. "Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories" is a collection of these reminiscences, memories of how the city came to be the city it is today.
   This Hutchison House Museum exhibit looks back at the lives of 11 citizens born, raised and still residing in Peterborough. Some left for one reason or another, such as war or school, but all returned to testify that there is no place in the world they would rather live.
This exhibit is available online and can be visited by clicking here.

 The Life and Times of Dr. Hutchison in the Backwoods of Upper Canada

In 2010 Hutchison House Museum received funding to create a virtual exhibit for the Community Memories section of the Virtual Museum of Canada. After a year of hard work by staff and volunteers the result was the creation of ‘The Life and Times of Dr. Hutchison in the backwoods of Upper Canada’. This exhibit is now online and can be found by going to this link:

The museum would like to thank Peterborough Museum and Archives, Trent University Archives, Royal Ontario Museum, Library and Archives Canada, Jean Cole, Ann Baker, Gale Fewings and Erin Panepinto for all your help in the creation of this exhibit.



Hutchison House on YouTube

In honour of our 175th Anniversary last year Graham Hart from CHEX TV created this clip which can be viewed on YouTube.

Flash Back 1988: Hutchison House Museum

This past spring in honour or Toursim Week in Peterborough, the film students at Crestwood High School created 2.5 minutes clips of various attractions around town. These promotional clips aired on local CHEX TV the first week of June, 2013 and can also be found here on YouTube.

Hutchison House Living Musuem, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


New Interactive and Accessible Program

New to Hutchison House: In an effort to make every learning experience a valuable experience, we have included a new interactive program within the Museum! As an addition to our Virtual Museum Tour DVD, Museum Management and Curatorship students from Sir Sandford Fleming College have created a new chest full of artifacts that represent a great deal of the history presented in the museum for individuals who cannot access the upstairs levels of Hutchison House. This chest is accompanied by a book providing an introductory explanation to the history of Hutchison House, allowing an independent learning experience for those who wish this. There is also a short Braille version. This experience is great for visitors who cannot trek up the stairs of the museum, those who would rather sit and experience the artifacts first-hand, or those who are visually impaired. Come and join us for your next museum experience and enjoy the history of our museum hands-on!


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