Aurora Historical Society and Hillary House National Historic Site

Built in 1862, Hillary House is recognized by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board as one of Canada’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. It contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers, household furnishings, and equipment dating from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century and is open to the public as Hillary House, the Koffler Museum of Medicine.

Hillary House is potentially among the foremost historic house museums in North America, combining architectural significance and the personal possessions of three generations of medical doctors who worked and lived there with their families. It is a window to a time of immense change, from the era of leeches and bleeding to the advent of penicillin; from a time of calling cards and private ballrooms to the arrival of the phonograph.

In 2012 we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the building. It was an eventful year with several physical changes to the site: two bedrooms were renovated to create a home for new exhibits and a large garden was added to the beautiful two acres on which the heritage building has stood for over a century. 

The Aurora Historical Society was founded in 1963 and dedicates itself to the preservation of Aurora’s heritage.  A non-profit governed by a volunteer Board, the Society owns and operates Hillary House in addition to maintaining The Aurora Collection, an extensive archive of artefacts related to the history of the area. The Aurora Historical Society hosts a variety of community oriented events throughout each year and is always happy to welcome new members, volunteers and visitors.  


Type: Heritage Service Organization | Community Museum

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