Donating Artifacts

Guelph Museums collects artifacts that tell stories about Guelph’s historical past and present-day lived experiences. Artifacts are used for documentation, preservation, research, exhibition, and interpretation in benefit to the broad community.

We collect objects and photographs, as well as print, audio-visual and digital material. We aim to acquire artifacts that are complete and in good condition with a well-documented history of use and ownership.

To start the donation process, please complete this form.

Please send any questions to the Curatorial team at [email protected].

Guelph Civic Museum Collection

The Civic Museum brings Guelph’s regional narratives, past and present, to life. Locomotive 6167 is one of 203 “Northern” locomotives used by Canadian National Railways during the Second World War and for special excursion trips throughout Ontario.

McCrae House Collection

McCrae House collects material owned and used by Lt. Col. John McCrae and the McCrae family. We are interested in material related to the Boer War (1899-1902) and to the First World War (1914-1918). We also consider artifacts about McCrae House and the Lt. Col. John McCrae Birthplace Society.

Rapid Response Collecting

Through Rapid Response Collecting, we collect objects, images, and personal expressions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to local initiatives in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. This program helps us to collect and preserve truths about how we are living today.

Other Regional Museums, Galleries and Archives

When considering an artifact, Guelph Museums may consult with:

Art Gallery of Guelph

Guelph Public Library Archives

Ontario Veterinary College

University of Guelph Archival and Special Collections

Wellington County Museum & Archives

Some artifacts do not tell a Guelph story. We encourage donors to connect with the cultural heritage organizations where the artifact is most valued by the local community.