Visit Us

Admission and Hours

General admission is by donation.

Admission fees may apply to special events, programmes and guided tours.

Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Museum and Archives are open daily throughout the year, except on government and statutory holidays. The 1877 Heritage Barn closes seasonally from November through April.

About Us 

Sepia photograph of railroad bridge with House of Industry in backgroundThe Wellington County Museum and Archives is a National Historic Site, located in the building that stands as the oldest remaining House of Industry and Refuge in Canada. Built in 1877 as a Poor House or place for the poor, homeless, and destitute people in Wellington County, it operated as a Poor House and Industrial Farm until 1947. It served as the County Home for the Aged until 1974, when it became the Wellington County Museum and Archives. A new Archives wing opened in 2010.

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 professionally curated exhibits displayed in nine galleries.

The Archives features a spacious public reading room with microfilm reader and printers, public computers, free Wi-Fi, and free access to Ancestry.ca - everything for the family historian or local history researcher!

Plan Your Visit

For information on activities, events and exhibit openings at the Museum and Archives, visit our Calendar of Events

 

Accessibility

The Museum and Archives buildings are fully accessible.

The Victorian Garden, Poor House Cemetery, 1877 Barn, Aboyne Trail and surrounding grounds feature sloping, uneven ground and stairs.

Reserved accessible parking spaces in close proximity to main entrances.

Accessible washrooms on the main level.

Elevator access to all levels.

Closures | Holidays

November 11 and 13

Remembrance Day

December 24

Christmas Eve

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Boxing Day

December 31

New Year's Eve

January 1, 2018

New Year's Day

Contact Us

General Inquiries

For visitor information, reception desk, hall rentals and all other general enquiries, call 519.846.0916 x5221 

Staff may be reached by entering the extension number after reaching our automated directory.

T. 519.846.0916  |  T.F. 1.800.663.0750  |  F. 519.846.9630 

Staff Directory

Please click on the departments below to get a list of staff contact information.

 

Administration

Janice Hindley - Administrator

519.846.0916 x5222

Paul Nixon - Maintenance Supervisor

519.846.0916 x5228

Sandra Thomas - Museum Office Clerk

519.846.0916 x5221

Archives

Karen Wagner - Archivist

519.846.0916 x5235 

Elysia DeLaurentis - Archives Assistant

519.846.0916 x5234

Jennifer Georgiou - Archives Assistant

519.846.0916 x5239

Lisa Harrison - Archives Assistant

519.846.0916 x5237

Curatorial
Sandu Sindile - Curator

519.846.0916 x5226

Patty Whan - Conservator

519.846.0916 x5227

Phil Dietrich - Museum Technician

519.846.0916 x5223

Amy Dunlop - Curatorial Assistant

519.846.0916 x5232

Hailey Johnston - Curatorial Assistant

519.846.0916 x5242

Education and Programming

Kyle Smith - Activity Programmer

519.846.0916 x5224  

 

Directions

Wellington County Museum and Archives

0536 Wellington County Rd 18

Fergus, ON N1M 2W3

Canada

Map: Link to Google map

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 43.692617 | Longitude: -80.403755

Membership

Become a Museum and Archives Member today!

The Wellington County Museum and Archives values the support of its members and volunteers.

Individual and Family Membership privileges and benefits include:

  • Free general admission (excludes special events)
  • 10% discount on gift shop purchases
  • Discount on selected children's programmes
  • Monthly CIRCA  newsletter
  • Supporting the valuable work of the award-winning WCMA team! 
Individual Membership

Annual: $25 (+HST)

Lifetime: $140 (+HST)

Family Memberships
Two adults plus one or more children, living at the same address.

Annual: $40 (+HST)

Lifetime: $250 (+HST)

Download the Membership Brochure for more information. 

Call, email or visit us to join today.

Newsletter

The Museum and Archive's monthly CIRCA newsletter provides information about upcoming and current events, programmes, and exhibits.

Click on the link below to download the newsletter.

Volunteer

The Wellington County Museum and Archives relies on the efforts and dedication of community volunteers. There are many ways to participate.

Volunteer positions include:

  • School Programme Volunteer
  • Special Event Volunteer
  • Youth Volunteer

Training and evaluation is ongoing throughout the year, and there are regular group training sessions and individual learning opportunities. The WCMA is pleased to recognize the efforts of their volunteers through a variety of Volunteer Appreciation events including provincial awards programmes, social events and day trips.

For information about volunteer opportunities contact Activity Programmer, Kyle Smith x5224

© 2017 County of Wellington, 74 Woolwich St. Guelph, Ontario N1H 3T9, T 519.837.2600, F 519.837.1909