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 go collections.guelphmuseums.ca.

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

Guelph Civic Museum Collection

Effective October 1, 2021, we have temporarily stopped collecting for the Guelph Civic Museum Collection. This collecting moratorium allows us to assess current and future needs of the collection.

We would still like to know about the artifacts that you are considering for donation to the Guelph Museums. Please complete the donation form and we will follow up with you in the New Year.

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.

McCrae House is actively considering all donations.

Rapid Response Collecting

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

Effective October 1, 2021, we have temporarily stopped collecting for the Rapid Response Collecting program. This collecting moratorium allows us to assess current and future needs of the collection.

We would still like to known about the artifacts that you are considering for donation to Guelph Museums. Please complete the donation form and we will follow up with you in the New Year.

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.

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