The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre is now open to the public and after such a long delay we are so thankful to be able to welcome visitors from near and far!

sifton cook july 2021The main Exhibit Hall features brand new exhibits under the title "The Heinous, the Heroic & the High Flyers". Here, in story panels, artifacts and a video, visitors will meet a selection of nine fascinating historic figures with close associations to Cobourg and Northumberland County. Among others they will find a murderer and the "funniest women in the world". Curators of the exhibit have dubbed it "Northumberland's Mad Hatter's Tea Party"!

The Exhibit Hall's East End is now filled with an amazing installation showing the Cobourg & Peterborough Railway in miniature. George Parker, who had already created the outdoor operating railway, has moved indoors and recreated the C&PR, showing fine details of its Rice Lake Bridge and the attempts made to turn the bridge into a causeway. This exhibit is a work of art in itself. And this year, on each open day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), starting at 2:00 pm, George  talks about this new exhibit. 

All are invited but masks are required to enter the Heritage Centre property and social distancing is required inside the building. 2021 open hours are currently Friday & Saturday 10-5; Sunday 1-5. Admission is free with donations appreciated.

Railway exhibit

Sifton cook rail exhibit One of the highlights of the 2021 season is the railway exhibit room at the end of the building. As well as the outdoor railway showing the Rice Lake Bridge, the indoor exhibit shows more details of how the bridge was made and why it failed.  There are two working Railway models plus a third of a working steam engine model made of wood.

If you are thinking of going, the best time is at 2:00 to 3:00 every day when George Parker will demonstrate, explain and answer questions.  George is very knowledgeable and a great story teller.  I highly recommend timing your visit to see him in action.  Most days don't have big crowds so you will be able to ask him questions.

At right is a picture showing George and some of the exhibit.

More on the Museum here.

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