Come and visit the Aurora Museum & Archives at 22 Church Street and visit our new website www.auroramuseum.ca
The Aurora Museum & Archives serves
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.
Aurora - Canada's Birthday Town
22 Church Street, in the Aurora Room
You may have heard that Aurora is Canada’s Birthday Town, but do you know how that came to be?
Officially, this title was established on June 9th 1969 when Town Council approved a proclamation declaring Aurora as Canada’s Birthday Town. What followed were many enduring traditions, including: parades, live music, races, competitions, balloon races, themed beer gardens and much more.
During the 1970s and 1980s Aurora was the place to be if you wanted to celebrate Canada’s birthday. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that other municipalities began to observe July 1st as a proper holiday – and that took financial incentives from the Federal Government.
Visit us to learn more about the story of Aurora Canada’s Birthday Town.
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
Town Park: A Community Storybook has received funding from the Virtual Museum of Canada' s Community Stories Investment Program.Bring a Piece of History Home!
Limited Edition Commemorative Stein
During the 1970s and 1980s these steins were produced annually as part of Aurora’s July 1st celebrations. In conjunction with our exhibition Aurora Canada’s Birthday Town, and in celebration of Canada 150, the Aurora Museum & Archives has brought back these commemorative glasses.
They are available for purchase at Town Hall or at the Museum office located on the second floor of 22 Church Street for $15.
52 Pick Me Up - Full Decks Now Available!
52 Pick Me Up is a collaborative effort between the Aurora Heritage Authority, Aurora Museum & Archives, Aurora Sports Hall of Fame, Boulevard Design and Sport Aurora celebrating the Year of Sport in Aurora.
Capture the action as the legacy of sport in Aurora comes alive through a deck of playing cards showcasing individuals, teams, locations, and artifacts all connected to how sport has played out in Aurora.
Full decks are now available at Town Hall, the SARC or the Aurora Museum & Archives for $15.
Museum Hours & Location
Tuesday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Town of Aurora's Museum is located at 22 Church Street (2nd floor).
For inquiries, please contact:
Shawna White, Curator
Michelle Johnson, Collections & Exhibitions Coordinator
905-727-3123, Ext. 3711