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General Information

How long will it take to tour the Site?

The amount of time it will take to see everything on site varies greatly between our themed tours, and our visitors. We recommend you plan for an hour for your visit. If you feel like staying longer, bring a picnic lunch and spend the whole day with us!

Is your site indoors or outdoors?

Our Museum is a combination of both indoors and outdoors. The Site features various gardens, and heritage buildings from the 19th century. The buildings are spread out among our 4.5 acres of Parkland. We recommend that you come dressed according to the weather!

What are your hours?

Our hours of operation vary each season and day of the week. For an overview of our hours of operation, please visit www.sharontemple.ca/visit-the-museum. To see what our hours are today, please visit our homepage www.sharontemple.ca/.

 

What holidays are you open?

The Museum is open on Canada Day for our annual Canada Day Celebration Event! We are closed for most other holidays.

 

How do I get there?

Our GPS address is 18974 Leslie Street, Sharon. For more detailed instructions depending on where you are traveling from, please visit www.sharontemple.ca/visit-the-museum 

 

Am I allowed to take photos inside the Temple and other buildings?

Yes please! If you decide to take photos and post them to social media, please tag us (@SharonTempleNHS) so we can see them! We ask that you do not allow anyone in your party to climb on artifacts, up ladders, or fences for photo opportunities. 

A fee applies for professional photographers who are bringing clients to the Site for our spectacular setting. Please contact info@sharontemple.ca to inquire about fees and to book a session.

 

Do you allow filming?

Yes, we allow filming but the timing must be pre-arranged and a contract signed. A fee applies to all commercial filming projects. Please visit our Rentals page at www.sharontemple.ca/venue-rentals for more information.

 

Should I bring cash?

Our Gift Shop accepts cash, debit, MasterCard and Visa. We do not have an ATM on site.

 

Are pets allowed on Site?

Pets are permitted on the site, so long as they are leashed. We ask that you help keep the property tidy by picking up after your pet. No pets are allowed inside the heritage buildings, unless proper service animal documentation is provided.

 

Do you do birthday parties?

We do not offer specific birthday party packages but visitors are welcome to have birthday parties onsite during our regular operating hours. For booking inquiries, please contact us at 905-478-2389 or e-mail info@sharontemple.ca 

 

Do you do overnight camping?

Yes, we offer overnight camps for various troops, girl guides, boy scouts and more! Please email our Executive Director for more information lori.woodyatt@sharontemple.ca 

 

What animals do you have onsite?

We house and care for heritage chickens every year in the spring and summer seasons. Campers and visitors enjoy feeding our chickens so much that we installed feed dispensers! Our chickens are cared for by a local farmer in the fall and winter months. We also sell the fresh eggs from our chickens in our Gift Shop.

 

What is your mailing address?

Our mailing address is c/o Sharon Temple Museum Society, 18974 Leslie Street, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

 

Do you do guided tours?

During the summer our site offers guided tours, however you may choose a self-guided option which allows visitors to spend as much or as little time exploring the Site’s property and our historic buildings. Our guided tours are themed to offer an enriched learning experience you can come back to! The tours include The Arts, Architecture, Community and Democracy, and Horticulture and Farming. Choose what tour you are most interested in and enjoy an experience like no other from our expert tour guides. 

 

Do I have to purchase event tickets in advance? Can I buy tickets at the door?

Event tickets are available on our website in advance. If the event requires a food order then tickets must be ordered in advance. Unless otherwise stated then tickets may be purchased at the door. Please arrive on time to our events to ensure you receive the full experience.

 

Can we book group tours?

Yes, we offer a number of group tour packages. Groups must purchase a tour package prior to arrival. We ask that you please arrive on time for your tour to ensure that you receive the full time period allotted to your group. For more information regarding group tours please visit www.sharontemple.ca/group-tours 

 

I purchased admission tickets online. What do I need to do at Admissions?

The purchase confirmation you receive via email following your purchase serves as your tickets.  Please either print a copy of your purchase confirmation or ensure you can access it on your mobile device upon arrival.

 

What is your Wi-Fi password?

Our Wi-Fi password is STguests.

 

Does the Temple have air conditioning?

Much like in the 19th century, the Sharon Temple and our other heritage buildings do not have air conditioning. The Temple tends to stay relatively cool in the summer months despite this. 

 

Is there electricity in the buildings?

Our heritage buildings have been renovated to include hydro in some of the buildings. The Log Cabin has electricity only. The Cookhouse and the Doan House both have electricity and a few lights. The Temple and Study have lights in the lanterns and windows used for our Illumination and Heritage Celebration events only. 

 

Are you hiring? When?

To inquire about available positions, please visit our website at www.sharontemple.ca/jobs. Hiring for seasonal positions usually begins in March. We are also open for internships for post-secondary museum students, and co-ops for high school students. 

 

How is your site funded?

Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum is owned and operated by the Sharon Temple Museum Society. We receive some funding through municipal, federal and provincial granting agencies such as the Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG), and programs to support youth employment and skills development. In addition, our programs, site and historic building maintenance are greatly enhanced by generous donations from sponsors, local business owners, partners and individuals. To help support the Museum, contact info@sharontemple.ca  or visit www.sharontemple.ca/support 

 

Can I be a volunteer?

We are always looking to add to our team of volunteers! Our volunteers help us care for our herb, flower, and vegetable gardens, as well as help us run events, and maintain the buildings on site! For more information on the process of becoming a volunteer, please visit www.sharontemple.ca/volunteer

 

Is your outhouse real?

While there is an outhouse on-site, and it exists on the property to show the amenities used by communities in the 19th century, it is no longer in use and should not be used. Modern sanitized washroom facilities are located in the Exhibit Building and in Temperance Hall.

Food Options

Do you have food onsite? What options are available?

We do not have food available on site. We encourage visitors to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of our many picnic tables. The Sharon Vince’s Market is a quick walk down the street and offers a variety of fresh and pre-cooked meals for you to enjoy!

 

Can we bring our own food?

Absolutely! We encourage our visitors to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of our many picnic tables in front of the Temple. Food and drinks are not permitted inside any of the heritage buildings. 

Gift Shop

Do you take debit/credit?

Our Gift Shop accepts cash, debit, MasterCard and Visa.

 

Is your Gift Shop open?

Our Gift Shop is open according to operating hours during the summer as well as for special events. 

Accessibility

Is the Site accessible?

The Heritage buildings are located on 4.5 acres of grassy Parkland, the state of which can flux depending on weather conditions. We have wheelchair ramps available for entry into the Temple, and gift shop. Please note that, because a number of the historic buildings were built in the 19th century prior to accessibility standards, some of the historic buildings are not accessible or have levels with steep stairs that may be difficult for some guests to access. In these cases, whenever possible, staff will meet the needs of visitors who are unable to enter their building by stepping outside to interpret the building to them. We also offer virtual tours of each heritage building on site for those who can not venture inside the buildings. 

Programs & Events

What school programs do you offer?

The museum offers a number of in-person programming designed to be educational and fun for children. In addition to our summer camps, outreach programs, and field trips, we offer programs for groups such as Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, and more! Please visit www.sharontemple.ca/education-and-programs for more information. 

The Museum offers a variety of virtual educational programs that can be accessed from your own learning environment. Please visit our Learn From Home page, and our Virtual Tours page at www.sharontemple.ca/learn-from-home 

www.sharontemple.ca/virtual-tours-heritage-buildings 

 

What are the dates of your special events?

To see what special events we have scheduled, please visit our Annual Events page at www.sharontemple.ca/annual-events

Donations

How can I donate artifacts to the Museum?

If you are interested in donating an artifact to the Museum, please contact our Museum and Virtual Experience Manager via email at kaltyn.jones@sharontemple.ca For more information about the different ways you can support the museum please visit www.sharontemple.ca/support  

 

Can I donate to your site and events?

We gratefully accept donations to our museum and site from organizations, individuals and groups. Sponsorship packages are available on our website at www.sharontemple.ca/sponsorships.  Charitable tax receipts are issued for donations, however they are not available for sponsorships. Memberships are also available for individuals, families, and institutes. Please visit www.sharontemple.ca/memberships for more information. 

Weddings & Rentals

What are your facilities rentals?

We offer rentals inside the Temple, inside our Hall, as well as outside on site. For a detailed description of the spaces available at our site to rent for meetings, conferences, parties or weddings, please visit www.sharontemple.ca/venue-rentals

 

Can our wedding take place outside of your operating hours?

Yes, absolutely!  Sharon Temple Museum weddings receive detailed and after-hours attention from a dedicated staff member who is available before and during your special day to ensure it is as memorable as you have envisioned.