Guelph Museums Gift Guide

McCrae House Private Blend tea packages

Need to do some last minute Christmas shopping? We have you covered. Our Guelph Museums Gift Guide allows you to steer clear of the busy shopping mall (necessary for maintaining optimal levels of holiday cheer). Everything here can be purchased either at Guelph Museum’s Hilltop Shop (our gift shop at the Guelph Civic Museum)  or online.

For the art lover . . .

We sell prints from some of Guelph’s best artists, including . . .

Lauren Ellis. Lauren is a Program and Event Assistant at the museum and an incredibly talented portrait artist. You can buy her prints at the Hilltop Shop.

Lauren Portraits

And we have many more artists . . .


For the perpetually cold . . . 

It’s gonna be another chilly winter (at least according to the Farmer’s Almanac). Give the gift of warmth this holiday season with McCrae House delicious, custom-made tea blends.

Tea blend

For the saintly . . .

Do you have someone on your list who has been extra good this year (I mean really good . . .)? They’d probably love our Paint a Saint Workshop.

The workshop is taught by local artist and curator of Saints Preserve Us, Debbie Thompson Wilson. Wilson will teach participants to paint a miniature (3 x 5”) based on a provided historical image, using medieval methods, including gilding with real gold-leaf (everything looks better with gold-leaf). Some watercolour experience is required. The workshop takes place Saturday, March 14. Tickets are $50 + HST. Click here to register.

Looking for a stocking stuffer? We also have pins featuring Debbie Thompson Wilson’s own gold-leaf paintings.

Saint Pin

For the not so saintly . . .

It’s okay to cave in to temptation once in a while! Give a loved one permission to sin against their new year’s resolutions by registering them for An Evening for Chocolate Lovers with Bruce Merritt.

That’s right, Bruce Merritt, of Candies of Merritt, will be here on January 28 to share his chocolate expertise, and guide participants on a night of learning and, more importantly, tasting. Tickets are $45 + HST. Click here to register.

For the knowledge seeker . . .

You know the type: the modern-day Renaissance man or woman, forever in pursuit of new knowledge. They’d probably like nothing more than a Guelph Museums membership. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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The museum membership gets you unlimited regular admission to Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House, as well as unlimited regular admission at these partner locations – Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, Waterloo Region Museum (formerly Doon Heritage Crossroads) in Kitchener and Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener. As a member, you’ll also receive newsletters and advance notice of upcoming events and exhibits, 10% discount on most gift shop purchases, and 20% discount on birthday party bookings, discounted admission to select special events, and free admission to select special events including Tiny Tot Thursdays at Guelph Civic Museum. Here are the prices:

• Individual – $25.00 + tax / per year
• Family* – $40.00 + tax / per year

• Lifetime Individual – $150.00 + tax
• Lifetime Family* – $250.00 + tax

To purchase, visit us at the Civic Museum.

Your knowledge seeker might also appreciate an Explorer’s Pass. The Explorer’s Pass allows you to visit over 20+ museums in the Huron, Perth, Waterloo, and Wellington area over a 7 day period.For more information, click here.


And there’s a lot more at the Hilltop Shop. Visit us in person and see for yourself.

stocking stuffer

Posted by Dawn Owen on December 11, 2014