Musings

The Canada Company, John Galt, and the Founding of Guelph

The Canada Company was chartered in 1825 as a land and colonization company based in London, England. In 1826, the company purchased from the British Crown about 2.5 million acres of land on the shores of Lake Huron in Upper Canada (modern-day Ontario). The Crown had earlier acquired this land from the Mississaugas of the…

Museum Games – Guelph Museums Puzzle Challenge #3

This week’s puzzle is one of our easier ones – 16 pieces! Solve to unveil a beautiful artifact from the Guelph Museums Collection – a toy sewing machine, c. 1927. Stay tuned for more puzzle challenges to come!

Guelph Circa 1999 – Diego Hadarits

Guelph Circa 1999 features a series of portraits commissioned by The Bookshelf and photographed by Dean Palmer. The series became part of Guelph Museums’ permanent collection in 2018.    Told through the stories of the people who spent time at The Bookshelf, a cultural hub in this city since 1973. While the Museum is closed to the public at…

Rapid Response Collecting: Let’s document this major moment in history

Banner images: Flooded Street after Bursting of Goldie’s Dam, 1929 (2002.81.5) Guelph Spring Flood, 1948 (2008.42.1) Coronavirus Illustration, Medical News Today The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is a major moment in history. We are experiencing its impact locally, nationally and internationally. Guelph Museums is committed to preserving our experiences, as individuals, families, and communities face this…

Museum Games – Guelph Museums Puzzle Challenge #2

This week’s puzzle we’re throwing it back to 1990 with a photo from Guelph General Hospital’s 115th Birthday! Stay tuned for more puzzle challenges to come!  

Museum From Home – Binocular Craft and Scavenger Hunt

Just because we’re staying at home and practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t have adventures! Make yourself a pair of homemade binoculars and get exploring. Use your binoculars to spot all the items on the inside and outside scavenger hunt lists. Can you think of more things to find? Challenge your family members! Homemade…

Museum Games – Guelph Museums Puzzle Challenge #1

The first #MuseumGames puzzle ties nicely into National Tartan Day which was Monday, April 6. Solve to unveil a beautiful green, purple and red plaid taffeta tartan dress, c.1880, with a high neck with black lace ruffle. We started you off with a tricky one! Stay tuned for more weekly puzzle challenges to come! We…

Make Your Own Museum – Activity Booklet

Staying safe at home and missing the museum? Here’s your chance to create your own museum from the comfort of home! Download or print the “Make Your Own Museum” booklet in full colour or greyscale. Fill out on your computer or tablet, or use good, old fashioned crayons and markers. Share a picture of your…