Northumberland County Archives and Museum

Northumberland County is committed to protecting the health and well-being of residents and staff. Precautionary measures have been put in place across County programs and services to support community action against the spread of COVID-19. For program and service updates, visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

The Northumberland County Archives and Museum is open to the public for research, tours and educational programming.

Hours of operation


The Archives and Museum is closed to visitors for the duration of the lockdown in Ontario. Research requests may still be fulfilled by distance. Please contact us by email. 

The Archives and Museum is closed on all statutory holidays.

Getting here


From Hwy ON-401, take exit 472 to Burnham Street. Head south on William Street (County Road 2). At the King Street intersection, continue south to Ontario Street. Turn east on Albert Street and the parking lot will be immediately on the north side.


Town of Cobourg Transit offers bus service on Route 2 to the nearest intersection. VIA Rail provides regular service to Cobourg. 

Parking and accessibility

  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-friendly building
    • Automated sliding doors at the main entrances
    • Touchpad-operated power doors into the library
  • Elevator available to the second floor of the library
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in all public areas

The Archives is located on the main floor in the south-west corner of the foyer. The door into the Archives and Museum opens manually, so please knock and our staff will be there to open it and assist you. 

For educators

Are you interested in bringing your students for a tour? Would you like an archival lesson to incorporate into your curriculum at school? Contact us to learn how we can engage with your class! 

Researching here

We encourage all researchers to book an appointment in advance so we can prepare for your visit and reserve a space for you. Please submit your Research Request Form in advance to help us help you!

What to expect

When you arrive, we will review your Research Request with you. We assess what we have in our collection relevant to your inquiry, retrieve materials from storage for you and demonstrate proper handling techniques. Though we cannot do the research for you, we are here to answer your questions and provide access to materials. There is no fee to conduct your research independently at the Archives. If you are unable to continue researching in person, we are available to help with your research at a cost of $30 per hour.

What to bring

  • Pencils and erasers – pens and highlighters are not permitted
  • Notepad, tablet or laptop
  • Previous research notes
  • Specific research questions
  • Camera or phone
  • Cash for copies or scans – our list of fees outlines any costs for reproductions


  • Food, gum, cough drops and beverages are not permitted in the Archives and Museum
  • We strive to be a scent-free environment to support the wellbeing of all our staff and visitors