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Civic Museum

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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.


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


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.


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.


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


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

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October 2020

Resonance: Guelph Chamber Choir at 40

October 27, 2020 - March 28, 2021
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photo of the Guelph Chamber Choir practicing. The large group is standing in a large semi-circle with their backs to the camera and are facing the conductor.

Experience the soul-stirring sounds of Guelph’s premier chamber choir through 40 years of recording and performance history. This exhibition shares the stories of the people whose lives have been touched by their involvement with choral music since 1980 and sets the stage for the next 40 years of Guelph Chamber Choir.

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November 2020

Liberation of Holland 1945: Clarence Oliver James

November 3, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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