capturing The stories of Aurora

MARCH 7, 2019 – September 2019

The Wardrobes of Aurora:

Dressing for Birth, Death and Everything In Between


On This Spot: Aurora

It’s not just a wedding gown, or a mourning band. It’s a witness of sweet and sorrowful memories; a companion to someone’s important moment. This special exhibition features select pieces from the Aurora Museum & Archives textile collection.


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Effie Cutts on her Wedding Day, 1919

Aurora Museum & Archives (84.7.45)
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Memorial Card, 1912

Aurora Museum & Archives (992.34.6)
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Unidentified infant, Aurora ON

Aurora Museum & Archives (994.12.31)
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WWI Soldiers, c. 1914

Aurora Museum & Archives (2011.2.3)

This is a collaborative exhibition between the Aurora Museum & Archives and Carolyn Ben, Rachel Dice, Jessica Ho and Rong Zou,

Master of Museum Studies students from the University of Toronto.

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12th York Battalion

c. 1900
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Track and Field

c. 1930s
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Dominion Day Lacrosse Game

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Girl Cadets

c. 1940s

Town Park: A Community Storybook has received funding from the

Virtual Museum of Canada' s Community Stories Investment Program.

Town Park: A Community Storybook

Now online


As a casual meeting place, site of celebration, active sports field, and military establishment, Town Park has been a focal point in the Town of Aurora for over 150 years. Over the years and across generations, this tiny plot of land has played host to thousands of visitors seeking a sense of community.   Woven into the very fabric of Aurora, Town Park: A Community Storybook recalls the compelling history of a place that is much more than a neighbourhood park


every week to see items featured from the Collection

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Download the app to view over 100 historical photos of Aurora and compare them to carefully restaged photos from the same perspective today. Using the in-app camera you can create your own then and now photos, and superimpose yourself into historic photos of Aurora. In addition, two walking tours give unparalleled access to our local history.

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Self-guided walking tours

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100 then & now images

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Watch the street change

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add your own photos

From The Collection




The Mission of the Aurora Museum & Archives is to serve as a repository for the collective stories and experiences of the Town of Aurora.  We are committed to preserving, promoting and presenting the vibrant and ever changing character of the Town by making our collection accessible and available.





The mandate of the Aurora Museum & Archives is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and share material that has a meaningful connection to the Town of Aurora and serves to document its evolving history.





The Aurora Museum & Archives has its origins in the Aurora Historical Society which was founded in 1963.  For 50 years the Society developed, preserved and interpreted a collection of over 16,000 objects.  Known as the Aurora Collection, it includes artifacts, photographs, textiles, books and documents spanning the period from 500 BC to present day.


In 2013, the Aurora Collection was transferred to the Town of Aurora and the Town’s first curator was hired in December 2014.  The Aurora Collection was re-branded in 2015 as the Aurora Museum & Archives and is part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department of the Town of Aurora.


Aurora Museum & Archives

22 Church Street

Aurora, ON L4G 1G4




Monday & Tuesday :  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday to Saturday : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Sundays




Shawna White




905-727-3123 xt. 3710

Michelle Johnson


Collections & Exhibitions Coordinator


905-727-3123 xt. 3711


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