Welcome! Due to COVID restrictions, the Museum is temporarily closed.
Victoria School, 267 Edmund Street, Carleton Place, c. 1920.
The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Erected in 1872, our beautiful stone building served the community of Carleton Place as the Town Hall and lock up until 1879, and then as Victoria School for 90 years until 1969.
The museum is run by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society with assistance from the Town of Carleton Place and the Township of Beckwith. Opening as the Victoria School Museum in 1985, the name was changed in 2011 to reflect the scope of our collection and our communities.
Our main floor exhibit gallery features permanent exhibits telling the story of settlement in the area and chronicling the town's history.
Come and visit our displays! Attend one of our events! Join a guided tour! History is alive and well at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum!
The plywood sign was a local landmark for years. Once attached to a tree at the swampy corner of Lake Avenue East and McNeely Drive, it was saved when the land was drained and levelled for development.
Now on display at The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, the sign brings back memories of frogs and turtles, herons (maybe alligators!) and winter days spent skating on “the swamp”.
We are now accepting orders for this LIMITED EDITION shirt. Orders will be taken until end of day Wednesday, March 3rd. T-shirts are 30 dollars each and unisex sizing. If you are interested in purchasing, please email or message the museum on Facebook and tell us your size and provide us with the e-mail address you will send the e-transfer from. Once confirmed, we ask you send the e-transfer. We also ask that all e-transfers please be labelled as “t-shirt” in the message option. Our e-mail address for e-transfers is email@example.com. You can reach us over the phone at 613-253-7013. Thank you for supporting our local museum!
Props and appreciation to our wonderful photographer @nabihanassir and our lovely local models; Randy & Tara Devlin.