Virtual WCMA

Online Activities 

The Museum might be closed, but the Wellington County Museum and Archives fun never ends! Check out some fun online activities inspired by the WCMA collection. Check back often for more updates!

#Photore-creation Challenge 

Join in on our #photore-creation social media challenge using the WCMA's online collections! Click the button below for more information. 

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1877 Barn Model

photograph of barn paper model

Build this printable 3-dimensional scale model of our historic barn. 

Download Barn Model.pdf






Word Search Challenge

image of The Poor House Word Search
Try our new Word Search inspired by the Poor House story! Test your knowledge about the history at WCMA while having fun! Click here to visit the Poor House web page!

Download Word Search.pdf

 Download Answers.pdf

 



Puzzle Challenge 

Explore the WCMA collection and exhibits through our new puzzle challenges.

ArtiFACT Stories 

Take a peek into the Museum vault! Explore the stories behind the objects in our collection.

image of children looking at dinosaur bones in a museum 

View our ArtiFACT Stories 

Colouring Activities  #ColourOurCollections 

Explore the WCMA online collection through our new colouring activities! Click on the thumbnail image below to download a new PDF colouring page. Check back often for more updates! We would love to see your beautiful creations. Don't forget to take a photograph of your finished drawing and share with us on social media! 

 
Sewing Machine Colouring ActivityThe Raymond Household Sewing Machine, 1878-1885

 

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The Raymond Household Sewing Machine was developed by The Raymond Sewing Company of Guelph. This one was used by Miss H.C. Watson of Guelph. Patented in April 18, 1872, the beaver (painted in the centre of the machine) became the company's trademark and appears on many of its machines.

For more information please check out our ArtiFACT story

 

colouring activity leather postcard

Leather Postcard, 1903-1908

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Donated to the museum collection in 2019, this is one of thirty leather postcards sewn together into a wall hanging (WCMA, 2019.47.4). For more information please check out our ArtiFACT story

Colouring Activity 4_ Bird Eggcup 

Bird Egg Cup

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A multicoloured ceramic eggcup (WCMA, 1978.25.10) made in the design of a little bird. The brown and white eggcup rests on the bird's back. For more information please check out our the online catalogue record

 colouring activity, porcelain saucer

Porcelain Saucer, circa 1880 

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This white porcelain saucer (WCMA, 1987.53.1.02) came with a matching cup. Both are handpainted with gold floral and solid gold band designs. For more information please check out our the online catalogue record

Online Exhibits

Since you can't visit our galleries at the moment, please explore these online versions of our exhibits!

Scavenger Hunt 

full size image of Sherlock Holmes with magnifying glass

Test your research skills with our newest Scavenger Hunt and discover hidden gems in the WCMA collection! Check back often for more updates!

View Scavenger Hunts 

 


Take a Peek into the Archives Vault Photo Galleries

For more photographs check out our online Collections Catalogue.

Celebrating Wellington County’s First Responders and Emergency Personnel
People and Their Pets
Photo Gallery: WCMA_People and Their Pets will appear here on the public site.
Flower Photos in Black and White and Colour
Photo Gallery: WCMA_Flower Photos in Black and White and Colour will appear here on the public site.
Working the Land on the Family Farm
Photo Gallery: Working the Land on the Family Farm will appear here on the public site.
Beatty Brothers Limited, Fergus: International Agricultural Manufacturers, 1874-1961.
Photo Gallery: WCMA_Beatty Brothers Limited will appear here on the public site.
Beatty Brothers Limited, Fergus: Manufacturers of Household Products, 1874-1961
Photo Gallery: WCMA_Beatty Brothers Limited 2 will appear here on the public site.
Main Street Storefronts
Photo Gallery: WCMA_Main Street Storefronts will appear here on the public site.
County Barns
Photo Gallery: WCMA_Country Barns will appear here on the public site.

Percy Runnells (1920-1989), Elora Artist

Percy Runnells (1920-1989) was born and raised in Elora. During the Second World War, he served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. During his service overseas he received a knee injury. After time spent convalescing in Toronto, Runnells graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1950. He taught art at the Doon School of Fine Art, the Wellington County Board of Education, and St. Margaret's School for Girls in Elora. He also worked as an artist in the Graphics Department of Beatty Brothers Ltd. of Fergus, and for CKCO TV in Kitchener.

Photo Gallery: WCMA_Percy Runnells will appear here on the public site.

A Virtual Atlas of Wellington County, 1840-1970. 

Photo Gallery: WCMA_A Virtual Atlas of Wellington County will appear here on the public site.

Share Your Story!

The WCMA needs your help in documenting this unprecedented moment in history! How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your life? Create a diary, video, or take photographs and consider donating your records to the Museum and Archives. For more information, please contact Karen Wagner, Archivist.

Virtual Tours

The Museum might be closed, but the Wellington County story never ends!  Come along with us, from the comfort of your own home, as our knowledgeable Museum staff tell you fascinating, funny, and sometimes sad, but always interesting, stories from our own backyard!  We're travelling to every township in the County and you can come along with us!  Check back often for more updates!

Centre Wellington
 The House of Industry
 
 The Poorhouse Cemetery
 
 Water Ram and Lime Kiln
 

 

 

 Wellington North
 The Fighting Spirit of Mount Forest
 

 

 

 Puslinch
 
 Prohibition Trouble in Aberfoyle 
 
 Minto
  Hurricane Hazel
 
 Erin
 Dr. McNaughton, the First Doctor in Erin and his Mysterious Adventures
 

 

 

 Guelph/Eramosa
 Coming Soon!
 Mapleton

 

 The Queen's Bush Settlement
 

 

 

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