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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

June 2019

Relationships, Respect and Reciprocity – Education Seminar with Nancy Rowe

June 25 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$25

Indigenous Healing & Wellness of Wellington Waterloo Presents: Relationship, Respect and Reciprocity: An Education Seminar for Service Providers in the Wellington Waterloo region with Giidaakunadaad (The Spirit Who Lives in High Places) Nancy Rowe Participants will partake in the journey of interactive learning and discussion, and build awareness around Indigenous engagement, duties around consultation in respect to Indigenous nations that surround contemporary priorities today. Nancy Rowe will take organizations, managers, staff serving the Indigenous Community through a guided process in meaningful engagement to help non-indigenous…

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Early ON: Downtown Playtime

June 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 14, 2019

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. Beginning Wednesday, September 5, Guelph Civic Museum will become the Downtown EarlyON Playtime location with 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 have eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and…

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In Conversation: Newspapers Past, Present and Future?

June 26 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Image: Seth, Newsboy (2016) The Guelph Mercury’s former managing editor Phil Andrews in conversation with veterans of the newspaper industry: Rob O’Flanagan, Mathew McCarthy, Adam Donaldson, Seth, and Stephanie MacLellan. This ‘In Conversation’ coincides with the two newspaper exhibitions currently on display at Guelph Civic Museum, “B&W and Read All Over“ and “The Dailies: Front Pages & Frontispieces”. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Phil Andrews was managing editor of the Guelph Mercury and GuelphMercury.com from September 2005 until the daily paper's closure in…

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School’s Out, Museum’s In – PD Day

June 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General Admission

School’s Out, Summer’s In! Visit the museum for a day of classic summertime activities. Play with bubbles, make friendship bracelets, draw with sidewalk chalk, and more!

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Fourth Friday: Wooly

June 28 @ 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 Wooly and meet the 2019 Artist in Residence, Mallory Tolcher! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Wooly at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. About Wooly: In 2017, four unique talents came together under the moniker Wooly. Wooly represents a collaboration of unique musical talents brought together through a common vision. Their music and lyrics are innovative,…

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July 2019

Wednesday Wonders: LIFT

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission.   JULY 10            LIFT – family classic exercise JULY 17            Puppets JULY 24            Sports Day JULY 31            Stories with Elder Jan Sherman AUGUST 7       Superhero Day AUGUST 14     Orbax and Pepper Do Science AUGUST 21      Fantescapes Escape Room AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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Wednesday Wonders: Puppets

July 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission.   JULY 17            Puppets JULY 24            Sports Day JULY 31            Stories with Elder Jan Sherman AUGUST 7       Superhero Day AUGUST 14     Orbax and Pepper Do Science AUGUST 21      Fantescapes Escape Room AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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Wednesday Wonders: Sports Day

July 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission.   JULY 24            Sports Day JULY 31            Stories with Elder Jan Sherman AUGUST 7       Superhero Day AUGUST 14     Orbax and Pepper Do Science AUGUST 21      Fantescapes Escape Room AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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Fourth Friday: The Making Box

July 26 @ 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 Making Box! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Sets by The Making Box at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. The Making-Box is a hub for live comedy and improv education. Since 2013, we have empowered thousands of individuals and businesses through improv training and delighted thousands more at our one-of-a-kind live comedy events. In 2016,…

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Wednesday Wonders: Jan Sherman

July 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission. JULY 3              1800’s Day JULY 10            LIFT – family classic exercise JULY 17            Puppets JULY 24            Sports Day JULY 31            Stories with Elder Jan Sherman AUGUST 7       Superhero Day AUGUST 14     Orbax and Pepper Do Science AUGUST 21      Fantescapes Escape Room AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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August 2019

John Galt and The Instant City

August 2 @ 2:00 pm
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One event on August 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$20

A new musical by acclaimed Canadian musicians Mike Ford and Murray Foster explores the life of Galt, from his roots in Scotland to the founding of the Canada Company, and the paradox between colonization and our present-day commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. Two performances, 2 and 7 PM. Tickets in advance | $20 + HST GALT 240 2019 marks the 240th birthday of John Galt, colonist and founder of Guelph. Take part in the conversation at Guelph Museums through a…

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John Galt Day

August 3
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Family activities by day and a free concert at night.   10:30 AM to 2:30 PM | Market Square  Hilarious live magic performances by Brent and Sarah Face painting with Cleo the Clown and her Painting Pals Interactive t-shirt printing with Jeff Mann of TREAD ON IT! Activities and crafts with Wyndham Art Supplies Don’t forget your reusable water bottle to bring, fill, drink at Guelph’s Water Wagon! Details: bit.ly/2F7SPRQ 8 PM | Civic Museum Concert, Rant Maggie Rant and Shawnee.  Doors open at 7:30 pm Licenced, all-ages…

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Community Tea

August 4 @ 2:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$20

Enjoy tea on the terrace, blending Indigenous and settler traditions. Tickets in advance at guelphmuseums.ca | $20 +HST GALT 240 2019 marks the 240th birthday of John Galt, colonist and founder of Guelph. Take part in the conversation at Guelph Museums through a series of events that reimagine our city today and in the future. Funded in part by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Musagetes Fund, a grant from the Guelph Community Foundation.

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Wednesday Wonders: Superhero Day

August 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on August 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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

Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission.   AUGUST 7       Superhero Day AUGUST 14     Orbax and Pepper Do Science AUGUST 21      Fantescapes Escape Room AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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Wednesday Wonders: Orbax and Pepper Do Science

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on August 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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

Join us each week for presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission.   AUGUST 14     Orbax and Pepper Do Science AUGUST 21      Fantescapes Escape Room AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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Wednesday Wonders: Fantescapes

August 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on August 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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

Join us each week for Wednesday Wonders presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission.   AUGUST 21      Fantescapes Escape Room AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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Fourth Friday: Versa Visuals

August 23 @ 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 VERSA! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by VERSA at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. VERSA is a Guelph ON-based audiovisual collective led by Monika Hauck and Alex Ricci. The duo create powerful instrumental music written around live looping bass guitar, and pair this with responsive projections that visualize sound. Low frequency sound is passed…

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Wednesday Wonders: The Making Box

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on August 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us each week for Wednesday Wonders presentations by special guest stars! Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 AM & 1 PM General admission.   AUGUST 28      The Making Box

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Fifth Friday Pub Night: Fantescapes

August 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

19+ Event | No cover charge. Fifth Friday! Something new at the Civic Museum, pub night! On Fifth Fridays, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM. Featuring mini-escapes and puzzles with Fantescapes Escape Room. Free admission. Cash bar. Located in Downtown Guelph, Fantescapes is Guelph's Premier Escape Room Facility. Unique, immersive escape rooms, puzzles everywhere and a boutique featuring "geeky" art and craft items fan merchandise, instruments and steampunk items. There are hidden mind benders, ever-changing…

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September 2019

Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario

September 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication

September 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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