Be advised that The Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives affectionately called PAMA will be promoting a “Pay what you can” admission until January 24th, 2016. The Art Gallery is closed for the installation of new exhibitions so we have some wonderful things to look forward to!
PAMA has a rich history from the origins of the Peel County Courthouse, Jail, Office Building and Registry Office, to its recent expansion. These historical milestones are a testament to the heritage of Peel Region and PAMA's integral place within this history.
The Brampton Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives occupy four unique heritage buildings.
The historic Peel County Courthouse and County Jail were built in 1867, the Registry Office was built in 1980 and the County Office Building built in 1957. In 2010, the heritage buildings underwent extensive renovations and expansion to provide exhibition and program space.
The Courthouse is one of the most impressive buildings at PAMA. The Courthouse was built in 1867. The building had two main functions. In the Courtroom, people came to trial. If guilty, they went to the Peel County Jail to serve time. In the Council Chambers, Peel County Council met to discuss local issues.
Men and women served time at the Peel County Jail for minor crimes like theft. The amount of time people spent in this jail was always less than two years. Sometimes homeless and sick people stayed in the jail because there was nowhere else for them to go.
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