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Perth Museum

See what life was like for early European settlers as you explore this meticulously restored house that is now a museum.

Perth Museum, in one of the city’s oldest homes, outlines the development of the region. The museum is the ideal destination for those wanting to discover how settlers of the military town lived during the 19th century. 

The impressive and elegantly maintained Matheson House was once the residence of a local merchant and senator, the Honorable Roderick Matheson. Visit the sandstone mansion to see many rooms restored to their original condition along with a range of permanent and temporary exhibits. The Perth Museum is an award-winning cultural institution and one of the most popular attractions in the region.

Arrive at the Perth Museum on foot to see the former Matheson residence rising from the streets. The museum is located in downtown Perth and is surrounded by the stores, restaurants and cafés of the central precinct. Before you enter, admire the sandstone façade and the Scottish garden that flanks the right side of the house. Stop to smell the flowers before crossing to the kitchen garden. Here you’ll find herbs and an outdoor oven. The nearby courtyard hosts events throughout the summer.

Enter the Matheson House to explore the Perth Museum in its entirety. Walk through the four period rooms, carefully restored to replicate the furnishings and style of the home where the Matheson family resided for nearly a century. Explore the parlor, dining room, drawing room and kitchen before making your way upstairs to see the temporary exhibits and the story of Perth. See guns used in historic duels and learn the story of the Mammoth Cheese, made from the milk of 10,000 cows for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

The Perth Museum and Matheson House are located on Gore Street East, just a short walk from the center of Perth. While some parking is available on site, the town center is easily reached on foot. The museum is open daily and entrance is by donation. 


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Perth Plaza Inn & Suites $57
Perth Plaza Inn & Suites

Perth Plaza Inn & Suites

40 Dufferin St., Perth, ON
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Perth, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Perth Museum and Studio Theatre Perth. Stewart Park and St. James Anglican Church are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa $129
    Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa

    Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn & Spa

    82 Peter Street, Perth, ON
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a shopping district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Perth Museum, Studio Theatre Perth, and Stewart Park. St. James Anglican Church and Full Circle Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

      Perth Manor Boutique Hotel $111
      Perth Manor Boutique Hotel

      Perth Manor Boutique Hotel

      23 Drummond Street West, Perth, ON
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Perth, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Perth Museum, Studio Theatre Perth, and Stewart Park. St. James Anglican Church and Full Circle Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

        The Whitehouse
        The Whitehouse

        The Whitehouse

        82 Peter St, Perth, ON
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a shopping district, this spa inn is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Museum and Studio Theatre Perth. Stewart Park and St. James Anglican Church are also within 15 minutes.

          Tay Inn $62
          Tay Inn

          Tay Inn

          125 Dufferin Street, Hwy #7, Perth, ON
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Perth, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Studio Theatre Perth, Stewart Park, and Full Circle Theatre. Big Rideau Lake and Lanark Timber Run Golf Course are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Colonial House Motor Inn $61
            Colonial House Motor Inn

            Colonial House Motor Inn

            17544 Highway #7 RR4, Tay Valley, ON
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Tay Valley, this golf motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Perth Museum, Studio Theatre Perth, and Stewart Park. St. James Anglican Church and Full Circle Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Aquarius Motel $57
              Aquarius Motel

              Aquarius Motel

              17518 Highway 7, Tay Valley, ON
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Tay Valley, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Perth Museum, Studio Theatre Perth, and Stewart Park. St. James Anglican Church and Full Circle Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Astra Blue Cottage Waterfront on Lower Rideau Lake. Best Views, Sunsets, Great Swimming
                Astra Blue Cottage Waterfront on Lower Rideau Lake. Best Views, Sunsets, Great Swimming

                Astra Blue Cottage Waterfront on Lower Rideau Lake. Best Views, Sunsets, Great Swimming

                Rideau Lakes, ON
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Big Rideau Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club and Smiths Falls Bascule Bridge. Rideau Canal Visitor Information Center and Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario are also within 9 mi (15 km).