Museum Permanent Exhibits

Main Galleries

exhibit of historic artifacts, clothing and images

The History of Woodstock

This 1,200 square foot gallery space features over 400 artifacts and 125 Images. Explore Woodstock's rich history through artifacts, photos and stories as you move through the space.

View a virtual walkthrough of the History of Woodstock exhibit.

exhibit of a horseshoe-shaped table with chairs, surrounding a centre chair flanked by British flags

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 looks the same way it did when the building was constructed in 1879.

View a virtual walkthrough of the council chambers exhibit.


exhibit of a barber's chair and barber tools

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 features one of the chairs from the barbershop, complete with tools, awards that belonged to Les, and accessories. It's just like a walk into the past!

exhibit of historic buildings and architecture in a stairwell

Brick by Brick: The Heritage Architecture of Woodstock

Discover Woodstock's heritage architecture and learn more about the history behind some of the city's oldest buildings. This micro-exhibit includes historic and present-day photographs of buildings located in downtown Woodstock, as well as architectural information and terms.

artifacts including a wooden chair and a handgun displayed in a glass case

Great Murder Trial Case

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

exhibit of hand-drawn fire cart, firefighting equipment and fire safety posters

Woodstock Firefighting Display

This micro-exhibit is built around a 1920 hand-drawn fire cart that was used at Oxford Regional Centre. The exhibit also contains other early firefighting equipment used in Woodstock, as well as a collection of fire safety posters.

exhibit of reproduced glass plate photographs in a stairwell

Captured Under Glass

In the early years of photography, making an image was painstaking work. One of the earliest photographic processes was to capture a negative image through a camera on a chemical treated glass plate, which in turn was used to develop a paper positive print. This micro-exhibit features reproductions of glass plate photographs from Woodstock's history.

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