Markham Museum celebrates 50th anniversary

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MARKHAM, ON – May 31, 2021 – The Markham Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! While everyone is keeping a safe distance to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Museum invites the public to celebrate Markham’s history safely by exploring its online activities and exhibitions:

“This year marks an important milestone for the City of Markham and the Markham Museum, as we celebrate 50 years of delivering exceptional services to residents while continuing to do what we do best: innovating,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "The Markham Museum is a celebrated institution in our city and has been instrumental in preserving and celebrating our city’s history while providing innovative and educational experiences for residents. I would like to wish the Markham Museum a Happy 50th Birthday and I encourage residents to participate in the various programs and services that they have planned to mark this golden anniversary.”

The Markham Museum opened in 1971 in the retired Mount Joy School building at 9350 Markham Road, and later expanded to include the Williamson/Strickler Farm. Today, it brings the past and present together on 25 acres of land with more than 40 local historic buildings, as well as a LEED® Gold certified collections building.

The collections building was recently renamed the John Lunau Centre, in honour of the late John Lunau – the Museum’s first curator and the founding President of the Markham Historical Society. The Centre enabled the Markham Museum to care for artifacts and to host large-scale seasonal exhibitions and a smaller permanent installation called "What is Markham? Discover our Evolving Community" in the south gallery. The Markham Museum continues to receive national attention for its unique way of connecting with its community.

“Markham Museum is delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our community, with whom we explore our past and present through some of humanity’s oldest shared technologies – ceramics, textiles, metalworking and food production,” said Cathy Molloy, Manager, Markham Museum. “We are grateful for the unwavering support of our founding organizations – the Markham Lions and the Markham Historical Society – our countless volunteers reaching back to our earliest days, and successive Markham councils who have developed and maintained the Museum over the past five decades, and who continue to support us.”’

The Markham Museum focuses on key environmental histories and human relationships with the land through activities such as pottery, agriculture, metalworking and textile production. It connects with the cultural histories of all people that make, and have made, Markham their home through exhibitions, school programs, public programs, camps, research facilities and more.

The site of the Markham Museum is also home to several annual community events, including the iconic Applefest, which normally draw visitors from across York Region, the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.

Maxwell Cabin – one of the Museum's historic buildings
Some of the Markham Museum's earliest volunteers in front of Maxwell Cabin – one of the Museum's historic buildings – with historic barn-building tools and a scale model of the heavy timber frame needed for a barn. (1975)


A family enjoys the Markham Moves exhibition in the John Lunau Centre at the Markham Museum. This exhibition is available online at markham.ca/culture due to the pandemic.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 headquartered companies and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 234 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy..

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.

Markham Museum celebrates 50th anniversary

Museum 50 Logo

MARKHAM, ON – May 31, 2021 – The Markham Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! While everyone is keeping a safe distance to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Museum invites the public to celebrate Markham’s history safely by exploring its online activities and exhibitions:

“This year marks an important milestone for the City of Markham and the Markham Museum, as we celebrate 50 years of delivering exceptional services to residents while continuing to do what we do best: innovating,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "The Markham Museum is a celebrated institution in our city and has been instrumental in preserving and celebrating our city’s history while providing innovative and educational experiences for residents. I would like to wish the Markham Museum a Happy 50th Birthday and I encourage residents to participate in the various programs and services that they have planned to mark this golden anniversary.”

The Markham Museum opened in 1971 in the retired Mount Joy School building at 9350 Markham Road, and later expanded to include the Williamson/Strickler Farm. Today, it brings the past and present together on 25 acres of land with more than 40 local historic buildings, as well as a LEED® Gold certified collections building.

The collections building was recently renamed the John Lunau Centre, in honour of the late John Lunau – the Museum’s first curator and the founding President of the Markham Historical Society. The Centre enabled the Markham Museum to care for artifacts and to host large-scale seasonal exhibitions and a smaller permanent installation called "What is Markham? Discover our Evolving Community" in the south gallery. The Markham Museum continues to receive national attention for its unique way of connecting with its community.

“Markham Museum is delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our community, with whom we explore our past and present through some of humanity’s oldest shared technologies – ceramics, textiles, metalworking and food production,” said Cathy Molloy, Manager, Markham Museum. “We are grateful for the unwavering support of our founding organizations – the Markham Lions and the Markham Historical Society – our countless volunteers reaching back to our earliest days, and successive Markham councils who have developed and maintained the Museum over the past five decades, and who continue to support us.”’

The Markham Museum focuses on key environmental histories and human relationships with the land through activities such as pottery, agriculture, metalworking and textile production. It connects with the cultural histories of all people that make, and have made, Markham their home through exhibitions, school programs, public programs, camps, research facilities and more.

The site of the Markham Museum is also home to several annual community events, including the iconic Applefest, which normally draw visitors from across York Region, the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.

Maxwell Cabin – one of the Museum's historic buildings
Some of the Markham Museum's earliest volunteers in front of Maxwell Cabin – one of the Museum's historic buildings – with historic barn-building tools and a scale model of the heavy timber frame needed for a barn. (1975)


A family enjoys the Markham Moves exhibition in the John Lunau Centre at the Markham Museum. This exhibition is available online at markham.ca/culture due to the pandemic.

Related links:

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 headquartered companies and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 234 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy..

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.