About Us - Museum

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is a National Historic Site. It is located in a building that stands as the oldest remaining House of Industry in Canada. It was built in 1877 as a "Poor House" or place of refuge for the poor, homeless, and destitute people in Wellington County. It operated as a Poor House and Industrial Farm until 1947 when it became a County Home for the Aged. In 1974 it was transformed into the Wellington County Museum and Archives. A new Archives wing opened in 2010.

black and white photo of railroad bridge with house on hill in backClick here to learn more about the history of the Poor House and Industrial Farm.

Our Mandate is to serve as a cultural centre, providing resources, programmes, exhibits, support and services for the historical, educational and artistic interests of the communities of Wellington County. The Museum tells the stories of the people and places of Wellington County through Exhibits displayed in nine galleries. The Archives features a spacious public reading room with microfilm reader/printers, public computers and free Wi-Fi, and free access to Ancestry.ca --everything for the family historian or local history researcher.

Image of Wellington County House of Industry and Refuge from south side of Grand River, ca.1907-1914, unknown photographer. (WCMA ph 10814)

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