For Immediate Release
April 27, 2001

David Somers, Curator
Peel Heritage Complex
905-791-4055, Ext. 2112


(Brampton) - In May, the Region of Peel Museum located in the Peel Heritage Complex, and other museums across Ontario will be celebrating a province-wide Museum Month. The Complex will offer free admission on weekends during May and on Friday, May 18, International Museum Day.

"We invite all Peel residents to visit the Peel Museum and explore the history of our region," said David Somers, Curator. "Our Museum has exciting collections and exhibits for all ages and interests including the former County Jail, family treasures and handmade tools of the first settlers."

When Nations Meet, an exhibit on Native Canadians and first European settlers, presents fascinating stories and the impact that both groups had on each other's existence.

The renovated Settlement Galleries with artifacts and didactic panels provide details on the lives and work of the early settlers of Peel including shoemakers, teachers, blacksmiths and dressmakers.

The Cawthra Collection: Portrait of A Guilded Age tells the story of wealth and privilege within Peel and Toronto society. Through the use of paintings, photographs and family artifacts the exhibition provides a glimpse into a lifestyle seldom seen before or since.

On May 18, museums around the world will be celebrating International Museum Day. This year's theme - Museums: building community - underlines the importance of the social role of the museum and recognizes it as an institution in the service of society and of its development.

Created in 1977 at the International Council on Museum's 12th General Assembly, the Museum Day is an opportunity for museums to promote their collections and programs.

The Peel Heritage Complex is made up of the Region of Peel Museum, the Art Gallery of Peel and Region of Peel Archives. Together they collect, preserve and display a wide variety of materials related to Peel's heritage.

The Complex is operated by the Region of Peel and is located at 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton. It is open to the public Monday through Friday: 10 to 4:30 p.m.; weekends: noon to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday evenings: 6 to 9 p.m. Admission fees are $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, $1 for students and $7 for families.


Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail


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