capturing The stories of Aurora

October 18, 2018 – January 23, 2019

Play Hard, Fight Hard:

Sport and the Canadian Military

Town Park: A Community Storybook has received funding from the

Virtual Museum of Canada' s Community Stories Investment Program.


On This Spot: Aurora

Play Hard, Fight Hard: Sport and the Canadian Military is a travelling exhibition that was produced by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in partnership with the Military Museums. The exhibition explores the connection between sports and military service. The Aurora Museum & Archives has partnered with the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame to bring this exhibition to Aurora. A wide range of sports will be represented through artifacts and archival items – some of which date back to the late 19th century.

Opening Reception

October 18 5:30-8:30

in Brevik Hall

at 22 Church Street

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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

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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