Getting to Know Guelph: Civic Museum
This is part of a continuous blog series by Balnar Management. In each edition of "Getting to Know Guelph", we'll highlight one area or landmark in the city that deserves some recognition.
In this instalment of Getting to Know Guelph, we highlight the Guelph Civic Museum.
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Guelph Civic Museum
Location: 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON N1H 4H8 (See Map)
The Guelph Civic Museum is a uniquely significant place that houses some of the Royal CIty's oldest and richest history.
If you're looking for a day where you can learn about the city's history and have fun doing it, a visit to the GCM is a no-brainer.
Now located in Downtown Guelph directly next to Church of Our Lady, the GCM first began collecting artifacts in the early 1960's and displaying them in local storefronts. It's first location opened in 1967 in what is now known as the Guelph Farmers' Market before moving to 6 Dublin Street South.
Today, the museum sits in the heart of the city, on the hill on Norfolk Street, which overlooks downtown.
The Museum's unique offerings of long-standing and changing exhibits, combined with its interactive and engaging galleries targeted for children and families, make it an exciting outing for everyone.
Some of the museum's landmarks and activities include a sculpture of John McCrae (author of the famous poem In Flanders Fields), artifacts from World War 2, the Children's Museum, the Growing Guelph Gallery, and numerous ongoing exhibitions.
The museum is said to have more than 30,000 artifacts as of 2018 with many of them having been donated by current and formers residents of the city.
In fact, a major reason for the Museum moving to its new location at Loretto Convent was to accommodate for the growing inventory of artifacts as it began to outgrow its former three-floor home on Dublin Street.
Over 33,000 people visit the Civic Museum on a yearly basis.
The museum is more than just a place to learn about local and national history, however. The museum hosts events throughout the calendar year, ranging from family game nights to guided brewery tours and gatherings where local storytellers share stories about some of Guelph's haunted past.
Admission into the museum begins at $5 and is open every day of the week - except for Monday - from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
A perfect idea for a fun family outing, school trip, or date night, you'll end up leaving the GCM with a new appreciation for Guelph and how it was shaped.
Check back next month for the next edition of Getting to Know Guelph. If you have a suggestion, let us know!