Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre (Cobourg Museum Foundation)

The Cobourg Museum Foundation has restored the town's oldest limestone building together with a 19th century workman's cottage and converted them into the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre, named after two of the Foundation's early members.

This season's theme at the Centre is "An Eight Year Retrospective", highlighting stories we have told since we opened in 2012.

A 250 ft. 1/20 scale operating model railway (the Cobourg and Peterborough Railway, 1850s-1880s) running the length of our property, includes a layout of Cobourg's Harbour.  Trains run over the ill-fated Rice Lake Bridge carrying loads of lumber from the backwoods.

Archived material from the following displays is accessible on our website,

     2012 - Cobourg at the time of its Incorporation 175 years ago (1837).

     2013 - Our Transportation Story - the 160th Anniversary of the turning of the sod for our railway

     2014 - Our Military Story

      2015 - Industry & Commerce 

      2016 - The Part Sports Played

      2017 - Canada & Cobourg 

      2018 - Our Built Heritage

     2019 - Artifactually Speaking


Type: Community Museum | Historic Building

Laughlin Taylor Burwash - Arctic Explorer

Laughlin Taylor Burwash - Arctic Explorer

Born in Cobourg, Ontario, Laughlin Burwash spent most of his life in Northern Canada, but often returned to his roots. He contributed immeasurably to...

James Cockburn - Cobourg's Father of Confederation

James Cockburn - Cobourg's Father of Confederation

Cobourg's James Cockburn had an extensive political history in our town before ever entering provincial politics. His 1861 campaign in West...