Brampton’s PAMA to refresh its core exhibitions for first time in over a decade


Published February 15, 2023 at 12:44 pm

The exhibition lineup at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) in Brampton is undergoing a major overhaul.

PAMA announced on Wednesday that it’s refreshing its core exhibitions this year for the first time since 2012, launching three brand-new core exhibitions highlighting objects from the museum’s permanent collection — many of which will be on display for the first time.

The new exhibitions will reportedly focus on more hands-on and technology-driven activities inside the museum galleries, while staying true to the museum’s main purpose: to share the stories of Peel Region.

Here’s when these new exhibitions are expected to open to the public:

Spring 2023

  • Behind the Bars: The History of the Peel County Jail will feature new research and stories from the jail’s 100+ year history, plus interactive learning stations.

Summer 2023

  • Yours to Discover: Sights/Sites of Peel Region will explore Peel Region’s landscape through artworks from PAMA’s permanent collection and digital mapping.

Fall 2023

  • Stories of Home: Community and Belonging in Peel is a new exhibition that will forefront personal stories and engaging activities about Peel’s settlement and immigration history.


  • Move/Build/Grow will consider how businesses, artists and industry have made an indelible impact on the landscape and history of Peel.
  • Beginning in 2023 an Indigenous Advisory Committee will be working to redevelop and reposition a new exhibition centring Indigenous voices, culture and history, opening in late 2024.

“We’re beyond excited to share these new exhibitions with the public,” said Claire Bennett, Museum Curator. “Staff are engaging with historians and academics to ground exhibitions in history while connecting with community members to make throughlines between the past and present.”

The full exhibition lineup for 2013 is as follows:

  • Opening Feb. 18 – Peel County Jail
  • Opening Feb. 18 – Generations Lost: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools
  • On now until April 10 – Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
  • On now until May 14 – We Are Hockey
  • On now until May 31 – UN/COVERINGS: Mennonite & Muslim Women’s Heads and Hearts
  • Opening April 1 – Sikh Heritage Month Community Exhibition – Celebrating 10 Years”
  • Opening April 29 – ਸ਼ੀਸ਼ੇ ‘ਚ ਤਰੇੜ | sheeshe ‘ch thareṛ | a crack in the mirror
  • Opening April 29 – Pamila Matharu: SOME TOTAL
  • Opening June 3 – Iron Willed: Women in STEM
  • Opening Sept. 30 – Floating: Amanda McCavour and Jannick Deslauriers
  • Opening late fall – Our Voices, Our Journeys: Black Communities in Peel

PAMA Manager Rene Nand says the museum is excited to create a fun, fresh experience for visitors in 2023.

More information on the new exhibition lineup is available at PAMA’s website.

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