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

Opening Hours

  • 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 Vivien Querney 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.

Our Famous Walking Tours

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

Paris is known for its' history and beauty. Take advantage of the opportunity to experience both first hand by joining one of our Walking Tours. They are scheduled for Lowertown, (Downtown) July 9 at 10 AM and August 13 at 10AM. We meet at the museum. Tours are $10 per person, members are free! See you there! 519-442-9295 to reserve your place or answer any questions you may have. Weather permitting.

Penman's Old Boys and Girls Social

/ Lions Park, 36 Laurel St, Paris, ON

Do you have a bit of Penman's in your family history? Then you are invited! We are extending a special invitation to all former Penman's employees and their families to come help build our historical records of the company. Penmans was very aware that having a social program for their workers was considered a huge benefit. In that community spirit, we would like to invite you to come and socialize with other Penman's old boys and girls at the Lions Park on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 6PM. A photo of the group will be taken at 6PM sharp. We would be very pleased to have you sign our guest book and be included in a commemorative photograph with the entire group. This photo, in turn, will be displayed in our next Penmans exhibit as Penmans group photo circa 2016.

The Ayr-Paris Band will be performing a benefit concert for us in the park that evening from 7 to 8PM. So, please feel free to bring a picnic supper while you enjoy the concert. What a wonderful memory this will be.


We offer membership to the Museum & Historical Society for at our new rates, effective March 1st 2016 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 Chris Galloway at info@theparismuseum.com

Many thanks to our generous sponsors

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Our Location

Paris Museum & Historical Society
51 William St W.
Paris, ON N3L 1L2

Our Mailing Address

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

Our Board of Directors

  • Past Chairperson Mary Gladwin
  • Chairperson Cate Breaugh
  • Vice Chairperson Stephanie Pile
  • Treasurer Vivien Querney
  • Recording Secretary Andrea Nechita
  • Director Sharon Murphy
  • Director Michael Flewelling
  • Director Marie Williamson
  • Director Sarah Faucher
  • Director Mark Staplehurst