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January 2017

A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water

January 28 - September 10
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water JANUARY 28 TO SEPTEMBER 10 RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 | 6:30 PM A Ripple Effect examines Canadians’ relationship with fresh water by focusing on the Thames, Speed, and Eramosa rivers. Organized under the themes of work and play, the exhibition explores the ways in which we have used fresh water for domestic and industrial pursuits. Highly interactive, the exhibition features a variety of activities geared to families with young children as well as to…

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May 2017

Guelph in the 1860s

May 2 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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June 2017

Footbridges of Guelph

June 6 @ 10:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Wall of Art: O Canada

June 20 @ 10:00 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. For the upcoming exhibition, we invite artists to explore the theme O Canada. A nation’s anthem tells…

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To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Guest curated by Lisa Hunter. Funded in part by the Government of…

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July 2017

Stepping into 150

July 2 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 5:00 pm

Guelph Museums, with support from Guelph Tourism, has rebranded ISpy Guelph in honour of Canada’s 150th and Guelph’s 190th anniversary. Stepping into 150 launches July 2 and will run through to September 3. Stepping into 150 is designed to encourage families to experience Guelph and to discover historic sites around town. Explore 150 years of Canadian history in Guelph as you walk around the city following clues, solving puzzles, and finding hidden gems. Stepping into 150 will introduce the stories of…

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August 2017

Beards and Barbershops

August 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Wednesday Wonders

August 16
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Wednesday, repeating until August 30, 2017

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM   JULY 12              Wonders of Weather with Let’s Talk Science JULY 19              Great White North Adventure with Hands On Exotics JULY 26              Bucket Drumming with percussionist Adam Bowman AUGUST 2         Fire Safety (11 AM) & Guelph Fire Truck and Crew (1…

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$15

Tea and Tours

August 16 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 3, 2017

McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Enjoy a tour of McCrae House, and then relax and reflect over tea and scones in the peaceful backyard gardens. Tuesday through Sundays, June 27 to September 3 Reservations available online at guelphmuseums.ca   Please ensure your reserve the number of “tickets” needed for all persons in your reservation. Seating is limited. All teas start at 2:00 pm. Enjoy Tea in the gardens and then tour the galleries at McCrae House. Menu includes McCrae House Tea, scones with whipped cream, jam…

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FREE

Fourth Friday: Don Amero

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Don Amero! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, A Ripple Effect: Canadians & Fresh Water and Wall of Art: O Canada. Don Amero is a powerful stylist,…

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September 2017

Piping Evening with Guelph Pipe Band: Full Concert

September 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Pull up your own lawn chair and enjoy the Guelph Pipe Band in the McCrae Memorial Gardens. Concert begins at 6:30 pm at McCrae House.

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FREE

An Evening of Storytelling: Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio

September 6 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. September 6               Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio October 4                    Adwoa Badoe November 1                Jan Sherman December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Blast off!

September 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. September's theme:  Blast Off!   Upcoming dates: October 5                    Special guest – CC & Me November 2                Robots  

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The Sweet Life: Treats and Sweets in Guelph

September 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Yorklands Green Hub

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Building Canada Lecture: Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. September 13, Lawrence Hill presents Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history. Hill is the author of ten books including the novels The Book of Negroes and The…

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$20

Spirit Walk 1867

September 17 @ 12:00 am

Guided walking tours through Woodlawn Memorial Park, including special encounters with characters who helped shape Guelph’s history. Tour start times: 1:00 pm, 1:20 pm, 1:40 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:20 pm, 90 minutes Tours depart from the mausoleum. Tickets in advance.  

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Wall of Art: Standing Guard

September 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Opening reception: September 22 | 6:30 PM  

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FREE

Fourth Friday: Annakin Slayd

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Annakin Slayd! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Annakin Slayd aka Andrew Farrar is a writer/director/actor/musician from Montreal. He…

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Canadian Eh? A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Through art and artifacts, explore the symbols which communicate our history, culture, and distinct national identity to Canadians and others. Organized and circulated by Museum London. Opening Reception: Friday, September 22 | 6:30 PM  

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In Conversation: Lisa Hunter

September 24 @ 2:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Explore To the Gathering Place with guest curator Lisa Hunter.

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 10:00am

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities at Guelph Civic Museum all day.  

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Chew Chew at the Choo Choo – A Culture Days Event

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Locomotive 6167, Farqhuar Street
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Locomotive 6167’s arrival in Guelph with locomotive-inspired music, food and activities at the Farquhar Street site of No. 6167. All ages. Free admission. Culture Days is a nationwide arts and culture movement to raise awareness and engage Canadians in their communities.  It runs from September 29 to October 1.   Free admission at Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House all weekend long to celebrate Culture Days.

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October 2017
FREE

An Evening of Storytelling: Adwoa Badoe

October 4 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. October 4                    Adwoa Badoe November 1                Jan Sherman December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Special Guest: CC & Me

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. September's theme:   Special guest – CC & Me   Upcoming dates: November 2                Robots

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Canadian Eh Volunteer Appreciation

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Celebrating You! Guelph Museums volunteers are invited to a Canadian Eh Party to celebrate the great Canadian tradition of voluntarism! Food, friends, and Eh-team fun! Games and door prizes Awards presentation   Please RSVP by September 28 519-836-1221 or register online here.

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Building Canada Lecture: Building Blocks of our Nation

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. October 11, Dennis Baker, Building Blocks of our Nation: Canada’s constitutional multiplicity. Dennis Baker is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Guelph, where he…

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Military Lecture: The Twin Legacies

October 19 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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The Twin Legacies of War: Indigenous Veterans, Colonialism and Political Activism, 1914-1939 presented by Eric Story. Offered in partnership with Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies   Upcoming Lecture: November 16              Mike Bechthold, Bloody April: The Air Battle Over Vimy and Arras in 1917

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$15

Party Like It’s 1867 Tea

October 22 @ 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until October 22, 2017

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat yourself to an 1867 themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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FREE

Fourth Friday: Andrew Craig

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Andrew Craig! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Andrew Craig is a true Renaissance man in the arts: singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer,…

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November 2017
FREE

An Evening of Storytelling: Jan Sherman

November 1 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. November 1                Jan Sherman December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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Thank a Veteran

November 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Join us at McCrae House, where local veterans will be on hand to visit and exchange stories.  

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Building Canada Lecture: Barcoding Canada

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. November 8, Why Research Matters presents Barcoding Canada: What does it mean for the future of biodiversity in Canada. Canada’s Global DNA detectives panel discussion with Bob…

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Admission by donation

Remembrance Day

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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9 AM               Remembrance service by Royal Canadian Legion, Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234  

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Military Lecture: Bloody April

November 16 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Bloody April: The Air Battle Over Vimy and Arras in 1917 presented by Mike Bechthold. Offered in partnership with Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies  

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FREE

Fourth Friday: The Cocksure Lads

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Cocksure Lads - Mike Ford and Murray Foster! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canadian Eh? and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. In 2010, Murray Foster and…

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December 2017
$15

Celebrate Like It’s 1967 Tea

December 3 @ 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until December 3, 2017

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat yourself to a centennial themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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$15

Party Like It’s 1967 Tea

December 3 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 3:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat yourself to a centennial themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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An Evening of Storytelling: Seasonal stories and treats

December 6 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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Building Canada: Canada One Five Oh Em Gee

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building. Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. December 13, James Raffan presents Canada One Five Oh Em Gee: Celebration of nation and community in story and song.   Funded in part by the Government of…

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FREE

Fourth Friday: D’eve Archer

December 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by D'eve Archer! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Blending musical elements of her Jamaican heritage, with her small town Canadian…

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