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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

October 2019

Truth and Reconciliation: We All Have A Role to Play

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free admission

Please join us for an evening with Dr. Niigaan Sinclair as he discusses the role we all play in knowing truths about Indigenous peoples, histories and contemporary contexts. Dr. Sinclair has written for international and national print media and is on sabbatical from his job as an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is Anishinaabe from Treaty One. He is a columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press and a recovering high school teacher. Free admission. Presented by Upper…

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Military Lecture: The Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza

October 17 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation.

Kandace Bogaert presents, The Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Among Ontario’s Soldiers’ Families. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation. Kandace Bogaert, Assistant Professor and Cleghorn Fellow in War and Society, Dept. of History, Laurier University, her research is focused around the long-term family impact of soldier deaths from flu in 1918, and soldier suicides during the Great War.

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Harvest Tea

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on October 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

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

Treat yourself to a seasonal afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas. Tickets in advance.

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Fourth Friday: Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet

October 25 @ 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 Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Kevin Mak Latin Jazz Quintet at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cash bar. Sponsored by:

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History Haunts: Ghost Stories of Guelph

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$10

An evening of unusual tales by local storytellers about Guelph’s past. Suitable for teens and adults. 19+ cash bar. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 13, 10 a.m.

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Downtown EarlyON Playtime

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

One event on October 30, 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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History Haunts: Ghost Stories of Guelph

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$10

An evening of unusual tales by local storytellers about Guelph’s past. Suitable for teens and adults. 19+ cash bar.  

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November 2019

School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day – We Are All Treaty People

November 1 @ 1:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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General admission.

On this PD Day, we're celebrating Treaty Recognition Week. Learn about the importance of treaties, treaty rights and relationships. Learn more. General Admission.

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Tea & Bannock: Community Tea

November 3 @ 2:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$20

Karonhyakatste is a mixed blooded Haudenosaunee woman, experiential knowledge teacher and storyteller. Join us as we share in a circle learning about our roles and responsibilities to be good stewards of the earth, through our connection to food and the world around us. Tasting menu includes: Bannock Cold cedar tea with cinnamon and lemon Wild rice - cold Mini Indian tacos Salmon crostini Corn soup with chicken (vegetarian option) Strawberry short cake Tickets in advance | $20 +HST GALT 240…

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Tales from the Hill

November 6 @ 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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John Galt and the Instant City

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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 that explores John Galt and the founding of Guelph in a new light. Two performances: Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m. Tickets in advance | $20 + HST   Meet the creators, cast and crew Mike Ford Mike Ford is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal-awarded singer-songwriter, whose bilingual Canada Needs You, Flames Across the Border and le retour d’étienne brûlé concerts have been performed in schools across Ontario. …

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John Galt and the Instant City

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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 that explores John Galt and the founding of Guelph in a new light. Two performances: Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m. Tickets in advance | $20 + HST   Meet the creators, cast and crew Mike Ford Mike Ford is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal-awarded singer-songwriter, whose bilingual Canada Needs You, Flames Across the Border and le retour d’étienne brûlé concerts have been performed in schools across Ontario. …

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Downtown EarlyON Playtime

November 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on November 20, 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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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

19+ Event | No cover charge. Ever wonder why the bubbles in your beer fizz, or why bottles have different colours? What does the widget in Guinness do? Why does the head on your pint vary and what would it be like to brew beer in space? 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 behind beer! This event is the final night of STEM…

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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 11, 2019 at 9:30 am

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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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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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

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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February 2020

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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Admission by donation

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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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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