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December 2017

From Convent to Museum: The Renovation Story

December 5, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose members are commonly known as the Sisters of Loretto, is a Roman Catholic congregation founded in France in 1609. In 1847, the Loretto Sisters arrived in Canada and by 1856 they had established a convent in Guelph, located on “Catholic Hill” near to the Church of Our Lady Immaculate (built between 1875 and 1883, designated as a basilica in 2014). The Loretto Sisters opened the first Catholic school in the county…

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February 2018

Toys and Games

February 6 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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March 2018

Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10 - June 10
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photograph of green leaf with caterpillar trails

A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums. Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM   Photography provides new ways of seeing and understanding our local environment. Today’s technological, urbanized culture meets the natural world in this exhibition of digital photographs created by Guelph youth through Focus on Nature, a local organization that connects kids to nature through photography. The exhibition includes photographic artifacts from the Guelph Museums’ collection and from private collections. These historical objects combined with the…

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May 2018

Fourth Friday: Storyteller Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Storyteller Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio! 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. Brad will be accompanied by Kev Morse, singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the Great Wooden Trio. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including Focusing on Nature, LGBT2Q+ Pride, and Wall of Art: Guelph Pride 2018 Brad Woods has told stories…

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June 2018

Voices from the Engraver

June 5 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Experience the creative process, technical skill, and artistry that underlies the production of Canadian stamps and bank notes.

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Piping Evenings with Guelph Pipe Band

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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FREE

PRACTICES: WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 6, JULY 4, AND AUGUST 1 · 7 PM FULL CONCERT: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 · 6:30 PM Pull up your lawn chair and enjoy the sound of bagpipes at the end of the day.

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Tiny Tot Thursday: ABC-Print with Me

June 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, ABC-Print with Me with a special guest from Guelph Public Library Upcoming Tiny Tot themes: June 7 – ABC-Print with Me July 5 – Machines that Build August 2 - Animal Homes

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School’s Out, Museum’s In

June 8 @ 1:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities all day. Practice your printing skills with calligraphy artist Debbie Thompson-Wilson at 1 PM.

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

June 8 @ 1:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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On this PD Day, practice your printing skills with calligraphy artist Debbie Thompson-Wilson.

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Father’s Day Special

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free admision for dads

Free admission for dads. Build the perfect paper plane at the Civic Museum from 2 to 4 PM.

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Fourth Friday: Shannon Kingsbury

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Shannon Kingsbury! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Join us in celebration of summer exhibitions, Voices from the Engraver, and Cursive: Reading and Writing the Old School Way. Opening remarks, 6:30 p.m. with performance by Shannon Kingsbury at 7 p.m. Singer-Songwriter and Harpist Shannon Kingsbury is a passionate member of Guelph Canada’s vibrant arts scene. As performer and composer…

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Tea at Two

June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 2, 2018

McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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$15

TUESDAY TO SUNDAY, JUNE 26 TO SEPTEMBER 2 · 2 TO 4 PM · $15 + HST RESERVATIONS AT GUELPHMUSEUMS.CA Tour McCrae House, then relax and reflect over tea and scones in the peaceful backyard gardens. Menu includes McCrae House Tea, scones with whipped cream, jam and berries and treats. Please ensure your reserve the number of “tickets” needed for all persons in your reservation. Seating is limited. All teas start at 2:00 p.m. $15.00 per person + tax paid the day of your reservation…

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July 2018

Build it with…

July 4 @ 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Inspired by the ongoing exterior construction happening at the Civic Museum, join us for special presentations and activities in the "Build it with" series on Wednesdays during July and August. Two sessions, 11 AM and 1 PM. Special guests and activities: July 4 - Tinker Cart from Guelph Public Library: 11 AM at Market Square, 1 PM at Civic Museum July 11 - Technology with Guelph Public Library July 18 - Recyclables July 25 - Play With Clay August 1 - Tinker…

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Piping Evenings with Guelph Pipe Band

July 4 @ 7:00 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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FREE

PRACTICES: WEDNESDAYS, JULY 4, AND AUGUST 1 · 7 PM FULL CONCERT: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 · 6:30 PM Pull up your lawn chair and enjoy the sound of bagpipes at the end of the day.

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Machines that Build

July 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Machines that Build! Upcoming Tiny Tot themes: July 5 – Machines that Build August 2 - Animal Homes

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Backyard Theatre: Mary’s Wedding

July 7 @ 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 21, 2018

One event on July 14, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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$20

Set against the backdrop of the First World War, Mary’s Wedding is an epic story of love, hope and survival. Written by Stephen Massicotte. Directed by Jay Wilson. Featuring Jessi Elgood and Tayves Fiddis.   Thursday through Saturday, July 7 to July 21 | 7 PM Saturday matinees, July 14 and 21 | 2 PM   PLEASE NOTE: Mary’s Wedding is performed outside, in the backyard of McCrae House. Please dress according to weather conditions. We recommend casual clothing and…

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Fourth Friday: Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies Duo! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies Duo at 7 p.m. Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd's vocal harmonies will take you on a journey through 1960s Pop, Rock and R&B - to more recent country, folk and bluegrass, and originals written…

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August 2018

Piping Evenings with Guelph Pipe Band

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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FREE

PRACTICE: WEDNESDAYS,  AUGUST 1 · 7 PM FULL CONCERT: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 · 6:30 PM Pull up your lawn chair and enjoy the sound of bagpipes at the end of the day.

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John Galt Day

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Family fun to celebrate Guelph’s founder. Details to come! Admission by donation.

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Fourth Friday: Ian Reid

August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ian Reid! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Ian Reid at 7 p.m. Ian Reid is a singer-songwriter living in his hometown of Rockwood, Ontario. Ian has a passion for a good story and the poignancy of everyday life in small communities. Ian’s songwriting reflects what we can and can’t change and often leaves listeners remarking on…

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September 2018

Piping Evenings with Guelph Pipe Band

September 12 @ 6:30 pm
McCrae House, 108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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Free

Pull up your lawn chair and enjoy the sound of bagpipes at the end of the day. Full concert begins at 6:30 PM.

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