Lynde House Museum & Visitor Centre Regular Hours:
Tuesday through Friday – 10:00 am until 4:30 pm
Saturdays – 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Mondays and Sundays – Closed
Event Times may be scheduled to extend regular hours, See events.
Entrance is Free (unless specified for a ticketed event)
Donations KIndly Received
Tours of Lynde House Museum are by appointment or special events
See our Blog for after-event photographs and write-ups
Please be advised that children and adults during tours are to stay on the carpet as they go through the house, to look and not touch, as everything in Lynde House is old and precious.
Let’s be respectful and save this beautiful home for everyone to enjoy!
Events at the Museum
News & Events Offsite
Saturday June 24, 2017 –
Durham Community Foundation – Walk for Charity
Buy tickets and help support Lynde House Museum.
Location: Rotary Park Pavilion
177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 7J1
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
10:00 am Arrival and set up of charity/nonprofit/corporate stations
10:30 am Walk begins
11:30 am Barbecue
Registration Fee: $25 per participant (includes barbecue), registration deadline is Friday June 16, 2017.
Join in as much of the 5km walk as you can, starting at the Rotary Pavilion at the Ajax waterfront. A fun walk and enjoy the barbecue afterwards.
July 1st Canada Day 150 – Our Sesquicentennial Lynde House is 205 years old this year! Visit Lynde House Museum and find out what role our early settlers, Jabez and Clarissa Lynde and their family played in the years leading up to Confederation.
Saturday, July 1st – Canada Day 150
Celebrating Confederation 1867 at Lynde House Museum
Free Event – 11:00am until 4:00pm
donations kindly received.
Activities presented on Canada Day:
1. Tour through Lynde House Museum with costumed volunteers
greeting you in each room.
2. Meet former Whitby Archivist and Genealogist, Brian Winter, who will be at the museum to sign copies of his book.
The book will be available for purchase at the museum
Hard Cover – $30.00 each
Don’t miss this great opportunity!
(If you have already purchased Brian Winter’s Book, and you would like to have it signed, by all means bring it with you)
Read the article: Whitby Historical Society celebrates 50th anniversary by Parvaneh Pessian about Lynde House with a little history as reported by Brian Winter.
3. Outside in the park grounds there will be old fashioned games for children such as potato sack races, egg races and three legged races. Other outdoor crafts are being planned.
4. Come join in family fun, bring a blanket and your own picnic lunch to the park, enjoy watching the old fashioned games and other activities.
5. Lynde House is 205 years old this year! Visit Lynde House Museum and find out what role our early settlers, Jabez and Clarissa Lynde and their family played in the years leading up to Confederation.
Washroom facilities are available inside the Visitor Centre,
no food or drinks allowed inside museum please.
Tuesday, July 4th – Rogues & Rebels – How Canada Began
A Costumed Presentation – Historica by Lianne
A matinee presentation 2pm- 4pm
A great Summer Camp outing, $5.00 per person- space is limited.
Lianne Harris Racioppo is a social studies resource specialist with the Toronto Board of Education (TDSB). Lianne is known for her entertaining and educational programs for all ages.
Program Sponsored by: An Anonymous Donor through
Durham Community Foundation
As you drive past Lynde House Museum this May through July, you will notice that the Town of Whitby is having the outside of the house painted and some areas restored. Last year a new Red Cedar Shingle roof was installed and a new parking lot. Later this spring we hope to see the beginning of a Victorian Garden!
Thank you Town of Whitby!
Inside the Museum is open for tours!
July – CANADA 150 Month
Live History Theatre – Four Days of Events!
Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial
Thursday, July 6th, 1:00 pm until 4:00pm – Special Free Theatre Workshop for our Volunteer Tour Guides. Three hours of fun learning theatrical tips and tricks. Come away with a better understanding of how to be part of an interactive, living museum. A little theatrical training, how to engage the audience, how to make it interesting. How to play the part. This will be a lot of fun and a great team building day. The museum will be closed to the public to accommodate the Workshop.
Please RSVP by email, firstname.lastname@example.org thank you!
IN TIME – SHOW TIMES
Friday, July 7th and July 8th ‘In Time’
2:00PM – 4:00 Pm Matinee Performance of “In Time”
7:00PM – 9:00 PM Evening Performance of “In Time”
Tickets: $20.00 per person – Couples $35.00
About the IN TIME: The year is 1837. William Lyon Mackenzie is assembling the militia for the Battle of Montgomery’s tavern. However; the Loyalist Mr. Jabez Lynde (1773-1856); and the house maid, Mary, are hoping to stop the Battle. Both are hoping to give Dr. Rolf, – Mackenzie’s right hand man, false information before he goes to a meeting with William Lyon Mackenzie, exaggerating the size of the Loyalist troops.
When you are arrive, everything at the house is in chaos, and Mary, the maid, has her heart torn in two places. So many are divided in so many ways during the Rebellion of 1837. Will Mr. Lynde make it to the meeting and stop the Battle? Or will Mackenzie march from Montgomery’s tavern? Join us and find out what happens… Just in Time!
Or do you change history?
“In Time” is more like an experience than a show. Participants have a short time to do something or time runs out. This unique high stakes plot focused on the Lynde Family was especially created for Lynde House Museum and is available only for these two days of performances. Get involved with history!
Think “Escape Room” with actors.
Sunday, July 9th, 1:00pm until 4:00pm – Special Theatre Workshop for Youth. Ages 12 to 20.
Experience a taste of theatrical learning. Taught by Live History, Theatre Co. A taste of local history, and have a fun afternoon. How can knowing a few things about acting influence how you come across to others in your daily life. Gain more confidence and poise and come away understanding more about how actors work and think – as well as immersion in a little history.
Tickets- $10.00 per person
Summer Camps – Music in the Park – Living Museum Interpretive Programming – The Lynde, Warren, Perry and other Founding Families from Southern Ontario that made a difference at the time of Confederation – Heritage Whitby, Walks on the Wild Side – Children’s Workshops, learn about the ingenuity of early settlers that enabled them to have sustainable lives.
Details and Dates to be announced.
Event Sponsors being sought, please email – email@example.com
If you would like to bring your group for a summer camp day, please email us by June 30th
- Students visit Lynde House Museum
- Launch of new Old Fashioned Store and Post Office – the gift shop at Lynde House Museum inside the Visitor Centre. We can’t wait to see what wonderful things will be for sale.
The Old Fashioned General Store & ‘Post Office’ will be styled after the John Borlase Warren General Store & Post Office.
J.B. Warren(1798 – 1879) was a son-in-law of Jabez Lynde – he opened the first Whitby Post Office in his general store at Hamer’s Corners in 1824 (corner of Dundas and Anderson Streets in Whitby). This was almost ten years prior to the first post office opening in Toronto in 1834. The Warren Store was the only store between the then ‘York’ (Toronto) and Port Hope when it opened.
Thanksgiving Weekend: October 6th to 9th. Enjoy family events.
Autumn brings changes to the museum, we plan to open an
Old Fashioned Store & ‘Post Office’ in the Visitor Centre just in time for you to do some great Christmas Shopping. We will tickle your old fashioned taste buds and offer heritage artisanal wares.
Artisans please apply via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 26th…
An Invitation to Dine with
‘Jabez and Clarissa Lynde’
Sponsored by: Snyder Construction – Costumes. Interactive Performances in every room- enjoy Vintage Victorian Cocktail Menu.
Wear a costume or come in business attire.
Join Jabez & Clarissa Lynde and friends for an evening of
the entertaining, the frivolous and the ghastly…
Advance tickets only.
Shhhhh……..During the first part of November we are told that elves and fairies are coming to give Lynde House a big magical make-over for Christmas!
Just in time for our Anniversary event at Lynde House on Friday, November 24th. The museum will then be open every Friday evening until Christmas. More plans as they become available.
Christmas at the Museum
Dates and Events to be announced every weekend before Christmas
Lynde House Museum traditionally closes between Christmas and New Years to give all our volunteers a much deserved rest and time with their families and friends.
Back to School
Sign up for Events
Friday, December 1st, 2017
AGM and Volunteer Christmas Pot Luck Luncheon
at St. Andrews Church, Whitby
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