Family Visits

There are always plenty of family-friendly activities available in the galleries.

Weekend Family Fun-NEWKids wearing animal backpacks

Weekends are for family at the Peterborough Museum & Archives! Each month we will feature a new self guided craft in our gallery, available Saturdays & Sundays only from 12-5 PM. 

September: Paper Bag Fall Tree

October: Paper Strip Turkey

November: Design your own coin!

Jellybean’s Backpacks

Jellybean’s Backpacks (bear, moose and otter) are jam-packed with activities for parents and children.  Follow a treasure map through the Museum to discover the bear paw signs that Jellybean left along the way.  Each one has something interesting for you to do. Bring the backpack to the front desk when you’re done and exchange it for a free gift.

Jellybean's Hide & Seek Challenge-NEWBlack bear outline

Jellybean's 10 cubs are hiding throughout the gallery! Can you help our Museum Mascot find the 10 black bear cubs? Look high and low- these cubs could be anywhere! 

Heritage Hunts

 Four different trails take you through the Museum Galleries.  Explore the people, shelters & animals of the past with these fun guides.  At the end of your visit you have a booklet and a free gift to take with you.

Electric City Expert- NEW

Become an Electric City Expert by completing all 4 heritage hunts and Jellybean's Hide & Seek Challenge. Simply pick up a passport at the front desk and let us know each time you complete a heritage hunt or Jelly Bean's Hide & Seek Challenge. Once you have received a stamp for each, you will be rewarded with a certificate announcing you as an "Electric City Expert." Are you up for the challenge?!

Play as You Go

You’ll find clothes for dress-up, hand puppets, a grocery store, trains, a reading nook and so much more! 

PMA Playground & Heritage PavilionPlayground structure

The Peterborough Museum & Archives sits on four acres of land within Ashburnham Memorial Park. We have a fabulous accessible playground structure suitable for all ages, and a beautiful Heritage Pavilion perfect for a picnic lunch! 

Featured Exhibitions

New exhibits to explore can be found in the temporary exhibit gallery throughout the year. Visit the Coming Soon page to learn more!