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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

Upcoming Events

November 2019

Downtown EarlyON Playtime

November 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE

Weekly program offerings for children from 0 to 6 years old and their families, offered through the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Free drop-in family programming that promotes early learning and development from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on a weekly basis. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. EarlyON has eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and…

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Military Lecture: Crerar’s Lieutenants

November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation.

Geoff Hayes presents, Crerar’s Lieutenants.  At the height of the war in 1943, the future head of the First Canadian Army, General Harry Crerar, penned a long memorandum in which he noted that there was still much confusion as to "what constitutes an 'Officer.'" His words reflected the army's preoccupation with creating an ideal officer who would not only satisfy the immediate demands of war but also conform to pervasive, little-discussed notions of social class and masculinity. Geoff Hayes' talk…

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Fourth Friday: Callisto

November 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 Callisto! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Callisto at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. Sponsored by: Callisto is a trio that indulges in three part harmony and other musical whimsy. We love to play Canadiana, old standards, and original tunes. Callisto is made up of Tricia Brubacher, Peter Balka, and Julie Corey. Past performances include:…

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Fifth Friday: Fizz-ics Pub Night

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE
Image of a pint of beer in the background. Fizzics pub night, November 29, 2 to 9 p.m. written in white text. Physics STEM Week logo, Guelph Museums logo, Wellington Brewery logo, and Innovation Guelph logo below the white text.

19+ Event | No cover charge. Join faculty and students from the Department of Physics, University of Guelph as they lead you through a fun and interactive evening about the science of beer! Our pub night will be comprised of talks from 3M National Teaching Fellowship award winner Dr. Joanne O'Meara and VP of Brewing & Quality for Wellington Brewery Marvin Dyck as well as a sampling night of the altered states of beer and a special physics beer brewed especially…

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Museum Store Weekend

November 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on December 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Jump start your holiday shopping! Enjoy 10% off in the Hilltop Shop. 20% off for Guelph Museums members. Free gift-wrapping and door prizes.

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Operation Keep Warm

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Donations of new or gently used tents, tarps, sleeping bags, large hiking backpacks, coats, warm socks, and underwear will be collected in support of Operation Keep Warm, a program created by Sanguen Health Centre, Lakeside Hope House, ARCH Guelph, and the Downtown Guelph Business Association, supporting people who are experiencing homelessness.

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December 2019

Downtown EarlyON Playtime

December 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on December 18, 2019 at 9:30 am

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Weekly program offerings for children from 0 to 6 years old and their families, offered through the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Free drop-in family programming that promotes early learning and development from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on a weekly basis. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. EarlyON has eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and…

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Downtown EarlyON Playtime

December 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on December 11, 2019 at 9:30 am

One event on December 18, 2019 at 9:30 am

One event on January 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on January 15, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on January 22, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on January 29, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 12, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 19, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on February 26, 2020 at 9:30 am

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free admission.

Weekly program offerings for children from 0 to 6 years old and their families, offered through the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Free drop-in family programming that promotes early learning and development from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on a weekly basis. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. EarlyON has eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and…

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Tales from the Hill

December 4 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Join Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests on the first Wednesday of each month. Free admission.

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Tales from the Hill

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Join Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests on the first Wednesday of each month. Free admission.

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Illuminating the Holidays with Debbie Thompson Wilson

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$60

Ticket sales go live to the public Friday, November 8 at 12 p.m. Join us for a workshop with Debbie Thompson Wilson! "Make a Joyful Noise" celebrates the festive sounds- by musical instruments and nature - of the holiday season. Paint an small image adapted from medieval manuscript illuminations, using real gold leaf and watercolour and ink. There will be a choice of subjects to paint, from simple to more complex. Some watercolour experience is required. Materials to bring to…

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Favourite Family Games

December 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General admission

The tradition continues….try your hand at board games, toys and puzzles all day, every day during the holidays. General admission.

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Fourth Friday: Tragedy Ann

December 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 Tragedy Ann! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Callisto at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. Sponsored by: Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo from Guelph, Ontario. Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan find warmth in questions and daring in answers, making space for the tear that lies behind laughter. With intimacy and care, the duo favours…

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January 2020

Tales from the Hill

January 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Join Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests on the first Wednesday of each month. Free admission.

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Military Lecture: Eagles over Husky

January 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Alexander Fitzgerald Black presents, Eagles over Husky. In the summer of 1943, the United Nations began Operation HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily. The Eagles over HUSKY – the airmen of the Allied air forces – played a crucial role in the assault. The Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica provided a significant part of the Axis force meant to defend the island and throw the Allies back into the sea. The Allied air forces foiled this effort and inflicted losses on a…

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Fourth Friday: The Fair Wind and Friends

January 24, 2020 @ 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 Fair Wind and Friends! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by The Fair Wind at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. The Fair Wind and Friends sing and play the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. For this occasion Carole Pines and Bob Mino team up with Ed Koenig and Les Starkey…

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A Celebration of Scottish Song and Dance

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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An ode to Robert Burns and Scottish traditions with piper Robin Aggus and Marilyn Baxter.

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day – The Making Box

January 31, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General admission

Improv for Joy with Hayley from The Making Box. Both sessions are designed for children with all levels of cognitive and sensory processing needs. Two sessions, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. General admission.

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Fifth Friday Pub Night: Guelph Creative Collective

January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free admission

Chase away the January blues! Grab a drink and practice self-care during an evening of mindful crafting, led by the Guelph Creative Collective, University of Guelph. Free admission. Cash Bar. The Guelph Creative Collective is a group of motivated individuals working together to inspire social inclusivity and is open to all students who wish to realize their creative visions. The G.C.C. strives to create communities and new experiences for contemporary creative culture enthusiasts to share and network in the wealth of…

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February 2020

Tales from the Hill

February 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Join Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests on the first Wednesday of each month. Free admission.

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Valentine’s Tea

February 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on February 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$15

Treat your sweetheart to a warm cup of tea, decadent sweets, and delightful company. Enjoy fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas. There will be two seatings, 1 and 3 PM. Tickets in advance.

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Family Day at the Museum!

February 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Guelph Civic Museum will be open Monday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate Family Day. Enjoy the day with lots of DIY family fun! Admission by donation.

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Military Lecture: Bison brigades and battle tactics during the Northwest Resistance

February 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Jesse Thistle presents, Bison brigades and battle tactics during the Northwest Resistance. Métis life on the plains was extremely perilous. From century-long fights with the Sioux, to the massive and dangerous logistics of the bison hunt, Métis hunting tactics took on a battle-like precision run by a general known as the Captain of the Hunt. The Métis took their bison-hardened skills into battle during the Northwest Resistance, winning two battles against Canadian troops at Duck Lake and Fish Creek, and…

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Feeling Sound, Performing Access

February 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$10

A vibrotactile performance by acclaimed artists Marla Hlady, Ellen Moffat and Gordon Monahan, curated by David Bobier. Using haptic systems (belts, pillows and floors that vibrate), the audience is invited into an immersive experience that extends beyond sight and sound to touch and motion. Co-presented by Guelph Museums and VibraFusionLab (London) with support from the Musagetes Fund through the Guelph Community Foundation   Image: Monahan, Theremin Pendulum (2008)

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Fourth Friday: Sasha Henry and Aaron Ridge

February 28, 2020 @ 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 Sasha Henry and Aaron Ridge. On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by The Fair Wind at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Presented in partnership with Guelph Black Heritage Society. Cash bar.  

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March 2020

Military Lecture: The Delisle Affair

March 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Dr. Wesley Wark presents, The Delisle Affair. A contemporary talk on a major Canadian spy case--the Delisle affair (2011)--involving a Canadian military officer who supplied secrets to the Russians for a four year period. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation. Professor Wesley Wark is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and an instructor at the Centre on Public Management and Policy, where he teaches courses to government officials.…

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