Guelph Civic Museum

52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 4H8.

The Guelph Civic Museum is a museum located in Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. It is situated in the city of Guelph, which is approximately 100 kilometers west of Toronto.

Celebrating Guelph's stories! Located at the heart of Guelph in the former Loretto Convent, the Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive Families Gallery and special events and activities. The historic 1850s building, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, is now the home for a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that illustrate the rich history of Guelph.

The museum focuses on the history and culture of Guelph and the surrounding area, including the history of the Indigenous peoples who lived there prior to European settlement. The exhibits showcase the evolution of Guelph from its early days as a British military settlement to its growth as an industrial center, and its modern-day status as a vibrant city with a diverse population.

Some of the exhibits at the museum include artifacts and displays related to the development of the city, including historic photographs, tools, and machinery. There are also exhibits related to local arts and culture, including textiles, pottery, and paintings. Additionally, the museum features rotating exhibitions that highlight different aspects of Guelph's history and culture.

The Guelph Civic Museum is housed in a historic building that was originally built in 1855 as a public school. The building was extensively renovated in the 21st century to create a modern, accessible space for the museum.


  • Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    On the Fourth Friday of each month, the Civic Museum is open with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

General Admission Rate:

  • $6.00 Adult, Senior (65+), Student (15 years old to College/University), Child (4 to 14 years old)
  • $18.00 Family — 2 adults & 4 children maximum
  • Children under 4 are free.
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