The Markham Museum opened its newly designed Honey House this past spring. This updated space provides a venue for the Museum’s exciting series of new educational programs.

At the Honey House opening, the public enjoyed free admission to the Museum galleries and a guided tour to explore Markham’s agricultural history. There was also family fun drop-in activities such as mini-golf, geocaching, crafts plus a special look at the Museum’s exhibitions: True or False and From the Ground Up. 

Families had had a first-hand look at live bees in the newly designed Honey House building. They enjoyed a walkthrough of the heritage apple orchard and learned about Markham’s agricultural legacy by exploring the newly open Kinnee Barn and other agricultural collections.

Renovations for Honey House began in the early 2000s. It was originally a butcher shop, owned by Alexander Brown and built on Lot 11, Concession 3. After the Ramer family generously donated apiary and honey processing equipment to the museum, the building was repurposed to provide hands-on educational programs for young children.

Unionville High School and the Markham Museum partnered to create this pilot project. With the support of a grant from the Ministry of Education, Shane Clodd, Head of the Unionville High School’s Director of Fine Arts and Markham Museum’s Program Coordinator Andrea Carpenter and Exhibitions Coordinator Janet Reid, worked with media arts program students to create an interactive exhibition in the Honey House.

Honey House now provides a new space for the Markham Museum’s educational programs the community will benefit from for years to come.

“The opening of the newly designed Honey House is the first of many new initiatives that will roll-out throughout the year,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Markham is a modern urban centre today, built on the foundations of a successful agricultural community. We look forward to continuing to highlight Markham’s agricultural history throughout the year.”

Photo: Visitor dresses up as a beekeeper in the newly designed Honey House.