From the York Militia to the Queen’s York Rangers – 1st American Regiment, discover how deep Aurora’s military roots run by viewing the new short documentary and visiting the comprehensive exhibition.
Located on the second floor of 22 Church Street, this comprehensive exhibition features regimental artifacts and archival items that tell the story of the Queen’s York Rangers and their connection to Aurora.
This is a collaborative exhibition between the Aurora Museum & Archives and the Queen’s York Rangers Regimental Museum.
Produced by Mountain Goat Film Company, this film takes the audience on a journey from the Regiment’s 18th Century foundation to modern times.
Town Park: A Community Storybook
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
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.
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.
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