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

Summer Opening Hours

(June, July, August)

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

Historic Walking Tours

  • at St. James Anglican church, 8 Burwell St, Paris, ON. Meet by the front door of the church.
  • tours start at the Syl Apps Centre, 51 William Street, Paris, ON. Meet in the lobby.

$10 per person free for members

  • Saturday, June 17th at 10AM / Upper Town
  • Saturday, July 8th at 10AM / Lower Town
  • Saturday, August 19th at 10AM / Lower Town

As always, weather permitting. Contact the museum (519) 442-9295 or e-mail info@theparismuseum.com to register.

Brant County Anthology Launch

/ Brant Sports Complex, Paris, ON

The County of Brant Public Library’s anthology project ‘Place Settings’ is ready for its debut!

The anthology features a forward by novelist John Bemrose who was born and grew up in Paris and whose father, Fred Bemrose was one of the museum’s founders. The project is a collection of stories submitted by local authors about their personal connection to Brant County. Museum Chair Cate Breaugh sat on the committee on our behalf.

The book launch takes place at 7 pm at the Brant Sports Complex, 944 Powerline Rd.

For more information visit County of Brant website.

River Rafting Fundraiser

/ Syl Apps Centre, 51 William Street, Paris, ON

Join us for an evening of rafting on the beautiful Grand River in support of the Paris Museum and Historical Society. On Friday July 14th at 7 PM we will set off with the Grand River Rafting Company from the Syl Apps Community Centre for a 1.5 hour guided tour down the Grand. Our adventure ends at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre where participants will then be bussed back to the Paris start point.

Tickets are $35 per person.

Spots are limited so call the museum at 519-442-9295 to reserve your ticket now. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Tickets are non-refundable. The rain date is Friday, July 21st same time, same location.


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

  • Quarterly newsletters
  • 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

Become a Volunteer

We are also always looking for volunteers to help with our displays, give visitors tours, help researchers access resources, and general maintenance and cleanup of the collections. For all volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteers coordinator at info@theparismuseum.com

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

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