Syl Apps Community Centre,
51 William Street,
Paris, Ontario.
(Enter directly from the parking lot)

Opening Hours

*** the museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend ***

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 1pm - 4pm
  • Friday 1pm - 4pm
  • Saturday 1pm - 4pm
  • Sunday closed

Visits are also available by appointment

Contact Us

(519) 442-9295

The Paris Museum
& Historical Society

The volunteers of the Paris Museum & Historical Society collect, preserve and interpret artifacts from Paris' heritage to display and share with the public for instruction and enjoyment.

Through our collections, special events, education programmes, media communications, and related activities, we strive to educate and entertain individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve.

"By striving to enrich the spirit, engage the mind, and stimulate the senses, we believe that we will inspire participants, including the next generation of museum goers and historical enthusiasts.”

Bob Hasler, Life Member and Longtime Volunteer

Admittance to our exhibits is by donation. The Paris Museum & Historical Society is an entirely volunteer-run organization and we rely on donations from the members of our community to keep our lights on and our doors open. Any donation of $10 or more is tax deductible, this includes any in-kind donations of supplies for the museum, archive, or society. Just keep your purchase receipts, and submit them to our treasurer Hilary Wrathall for a charity receipt. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Donations can be made with a credit card payment through paypal, in person at the Paris Museum & Historical Society during regular opening hours or by mail.

If you would like to contribute an artifact to the collection, we can take donations at the museum during regular opening hours, or by appointment. If you'd like to donate an item but aren't sure whether it fits our mandate then simply get in touch to ask.

Ghost Walk and Spirit Hunt Fundraiser

The Paris Museum and Historical Society along with the Arlington Hotel invite you to a spooky evening of fun.

We meet at the museum at 6:30PM. At 7:00PM we will walk to St. James Anglican Cemetery where Hiram Capron (the founder of Paris) is buried. A paranormal detection device will be available to contact spirits.

Join us at The Arlington Hotel in the Library Bar after the walk for themed food and drink (not included in ticket cost), and a chance to win a door prize.


The Paris Museum & Historical Society,
Syl Apps Community Centre,
51 William Street,
Paris, Ontario.
(Enter directly from the parking lot)

Cost is $20.00 per person. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket purchase does not include food and drink.

Space is limited so please register early by email or by calling the museum during opening hours: 519-442-9295.

Lecture and Movie Series

  • Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30PM / Lecture: The Giant Airships
  • Tuesday, September 26th at 7:30PM / Movie: All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30PM / Lecture: The Ku Klux Klan in Canada
  • Tuesday, October 24th at 7:30PM / Movie: Birth of a Nation
  • Tuesday, November 7th at 7:30PM / Lecture: The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable and the Great Eastern
  • Tuesday, November 21st at 7:30PM / Movie: Why Shoot the Teacher?

Hosts for the Lecture and Movie Series will be Eric Gibson and James Penton.

Eric Gibson:
Originally from Wales, Eric studied engineering at Derby College of Technology in Derby, England before emigrating to Canada. Most of his career was spent in the aircraft engine business, mainly as a designer. Eric has a long-time interest in local history; he is a life member of Heritage Mississauga with whom he volunteered for more than 30 years and is a past-president of Mississauga South Historical Society. Among his other interests are photography, philately and, being Welsh, choral singing.

James Penton:
James Penton, PhD is a native of Saskatchewan who has taught history and religious studies at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Northern Michigan University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. He now holds the position of Professor Emeritus at the University of Lethbridge. He has written four books and many articles published in scholarly publications. Some of his works have been translated into German, Portuguese, and Spanish. At present he is working on a book on the persecution of religious communities in Canada. He has also served as a Metis elder and is a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario.


The Paris Museum & Historical Society,
Syl Apps Community Centre,
51 William Street,
Paris, Ontario.
(Enter directly from the parking lot)

Admission to lectures and movies is free. Donations would be appreciated.


We offer membership to the Museum & Historical Society at the rates of $35 per person, $45 for a family or $25 for a student/senior.

Membership benefits include:

  • Research in the museum archives
  • Access to the Paris Museum & Historical Society's library
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Invitations to special events
  • A vote at our Annual General Meeting

Corporate sponsorships start at $150 and include:

  • Business logo and website advertised in our quarterly newsletter
  • Business logo and website posted on our website

Download a printable Membership Form.

Become a Volunteer

We are a volunteer-run organization, and we are always looking for new volunteers to join our community. We have a wide range of positions available, including administration, outreach, events, cataloguing, gift shop, volunteer coordinating, and many different types of research projects.

For all member volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteers coordinator at info@theparismuseum.com, or call us at (519) 442-9295

Many thanks to our generous sponsors

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Our Location

Paris Museum & Historical Society
51 William St.
Paris, ON  N3L 1L2
(519) 442-9295

Our Mailing Address

Paris Museum & Historical Society
66 Grand River St. N.
Paris, ON  N3L 2M2

Our Board of Directors

  • Chair Cate Breaugh
  • Vice-Chair Sarah Faucher
  • Treasurer Hilary Wrathall
  • Secretary Carol Goar
  • Director Marie Williamson
  • Director Michael Flewelling
  • Director Sharon Murphy
  • Director Stephanie Pile
  • Director Ursula O'Brien