Permanent Exhibits

Main Galleries

The History of Woodstock

The Woodstock Museum has renovated its permanent exhibit space (Open January 2019) combining our three permanent galleries on the history of Woodstock into one. The new refreshed and reimagined 1200 sq./f gallery space, features a larger scope with over 400 artifacts, 125 Images and an overview of Woodstock's history. Explore Woodstock's rich history through artifacts, photos and stories as you move through the space. 

 Woodstock History Gallery

Council Chambers

Prior to changing locations, Woodstock's city hall was located in the present day site of the Woodstock Museum NHS. City council met on the first floor in the council chambers. In 1980, the entire old city hall was refurbished back to its original state. The council chambers look the same way it did when the building was built in 1879.

Council Chambers


Mayors Display 1851 to 1900

From 1851 through to today almost 70 men and women have held the position of Mayor in Woodstock. This micro-exhibit will have photos and information on Woodstock's reeves and mayors, highlighting their achievements and involvement with the history of the City of Woodstock. This exhibit will be displayed in the original council chamber inside the Woodstock Museum, formerly City Hall.

Barber Shop Display

Les McKerral owned several prominent barber shops in Woodstock throughout his lengthy career. His third and final barbershop was once considered one of the foremost barber shops in Western Ontario. This micro-exhibit is one of the chairs from the barbershop, complete with tools, awards that belonged to Les and accessories. It is just like a walk into the past.

Shifting Landmarks

 Woodstock Shifting Landmarks micro-exhibit celebrates organizations, businesses, events, places and buildings that are unique to the community. Landmarks can be altered in appearance and location depending on the changes that occur within the surrounding community. The City of Woodstock has changed rapidly since it was settled as a village in 1851. The amount of landmarks within the city has grown as our boundaries have expanded. This exhibit is based on photographs taken by Woodstock Museum NHS and the historical photographic collection of the Woodstock Museum NHS.

Great Murder Trial Case

 The Great Murder Trial took place in the Museums Grand Hall and was consider the greatest murder trial of the 1890's. This micro-exhibit tells the complete story of the trial and features artifacts from it.

Woodstock Firefighting Display

 This micro-exhibit is built around a 1920 Hand Drawn Fire Cart that was used at Oxford Regional Centre.  This exhibit also contains other early firefighting equipment used in Woodstock as well as a collection of fire safety poster.

James Stewart Manufacturing Company Display

This micro-exhibit is features a collection of James Stewart Manufacturing Company stoves, famous for their Good Cheer line of products.

James Stewart Manufacturing Company Display



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