Museums from Uxbridge to Oshawa preparing for Step 3 re-opening

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Published July 16, 2021 at 2:30 pm


Durham Region’s many museums are anxious to welcome back visitors today as Ontario moves to Step 2 in its re-opening plans.

Leaskdale National Manse and Historic Church – the home of celebrated Canadian literary icon Lucy Maud Montgomery – opened for business at 10 a.m. sharp for regular tours of the manse, church and gardens, along with popular tea and tour packages.

Montgomery lived in the house between 1911 and 1926 and wrote eleven of her twenty-two novels, including ‘Anne of the Island’ (1915) and ‘Anne’s House of Dreams’ (1916).

Parkwood Estate in Oshawa, the home of General Motors of Canada founder Col. Sam McLaughlin and Durham’s most popular tourist attraction, opened the grounds, gift shop and Tea House last month, but the mansion’s popularity among movie-makers has delayed the re-opening for tours until July 29.

Parkwood, a 15,000 sq. ft, 55-room estate built between 1915-17, is closed for a movie shoot July 21-23.

Another popular museum is Scugog Shores Museum Village near Port Perry, and they are good to go today. The museum, which shows what daily life was like in the mid to late 1800s, is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other museums in Durham preparing for re-opening include Oshawa Museum, Ontario Regiment Museum, Clarington Museums and Lynde House, to name just a few.

Non-medical face masks or face coverings are mandatory in all museums and social distancing will be required.

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