Heritage Schoolhouse Museum (York Region District School Board)

Type: Museum

A museum and archive for the York Region District School Board located in a schoolhouse built in 1872.


Conservation / Preservation:

Archives / Library

Materials from the York Region District School Board and its predecessors including: York Region Board of Education, older community school boards from the area (Markham, East Gwillimbury, King Township, etc.), spanning from 1850 to more contemporary items.

Holdings include:

  • Attendance sheets
  • Financial transactions (cash)
  • Building plans
  • Curriculum development
  • Classroom books
  • Misc correspondence
  • Videos, photographs


  • Textbooks from late 19th century and 20th century
  • Desks and slates from late 19th century
  • Children’s games and toys
  • Equipment such as: typewriters, projectors, stereos, glass slides
  • Sports related memorabilia: t-shirts from sports teams, school banners, misc sports trophies schools awarded to students

Public Programming:

Re-enactments / Theatre

Museum offers school aged children artefact analysis and experiential tours, recreating the atmosphere of a classroom in 1850 and 1900.


Exhibits are located at public offices of the York Region district School Board. Online exhibits are available on the museum website.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:


When possible, they accept internships and placements from other organizations and also YRDSB co-op students. Volunteers assistn in designing and delivering public programming, managing the archival holdings, and the development of the digital collection.

Address & Contact Information:

21 Renfrew Dr
Markham, ON L3R 8H3

Phone: 905-470-6119
Email: museum@yrdsb.ca
Website: http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/museum

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, Summer Monday to Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm. Appointment required.

Key Words: education, school