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Wellington County Museum & Archives

Closed Now: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Definitely Worth The Stop

We have passed this museum many, many times....today was the day we stopped in. It was well worth... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Waterloo, Canada
Worth the stop

It is free to go in. The exhibits were amazing. We were lucky to meet one of the artists that was... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Markham, Canada
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The Wellington County Museum and Archives is housed in the earliest surviving example of a Poor House (later called the House of Industry) in Canada which was built in 1877. Now a National Historic Site, the Museum houses 2 floors of exhibits which...more
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536 Wellington Rd 18, Elora, Centre Wellington, Ontario N1M 2W3, Canada
+1 519-846-0916
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We have passed this museum many, many times....today was the day we stopped in. It was well worth the stop. Very interesting place. I would recommend friends go and see for themselves!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

It is free to go in. The exhibits were amazing. We were lucky to meet one of the artists that was exhibiting at the museum while we were there. If you go to Elora or Fergus you have to visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KittyToronto_Canada
Reviewed October 25, 2018

This exhibit Honours the art and friendship of Wesley Harris and his mentor Arthur Brecken. It is truly a memorable, even spiritual celebration of space and form. Incredible. Not a surprise from this museum and archives which is so well-curated and which hosts such interesting...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank D K
Reviewed September 12, 2018

great exhibits,a lot of information that we were unaware of. WW1 exhibit was awesome - it used relatives of the war as models to cast the soldiers used in the exhibit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lynda W
Reviewed August 11, 2018

This building is an amazing piece of history. It was known as the poor house back in the old days. It housed the unlucky souls bad in the depression. What a beautiful building to see and think of all the people that it took in.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rick T
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Very interesting to finally go through the museum. There were some great scenarios set up in many of the rooms. Lots of history within the multiple pictures displayed

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Doug W
Wellington Coun... M, Front Office Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2018

Hi Doug, Thank you! Doors Open is a great opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes at the Museum. So glad you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, Sandi Thomas Museum Office Clerk

Reviewed June 18, 2018

There is a lot of History in Elora, Fergus, and Centre Wellington/wellington County. This museum is a great place to visit when you are in Elora. The stories of Elora's long and Illustrious past are on display with history, photos, artifacts, and relics that will...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank RogueTrippers
Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful property, friendly reception, a treasure of local history ... this museum has done well in terms of presenting the past and even the present. The building used to be the place where poor people go. As one views portraits and brief stories about the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank KathleenR_28
Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

The museum building was first built as a refuge house for the local community. It's symbolic of the hardships that were faced by the early settlers in the Wellington county region, deeply meaningful and the museum gave a very vivid representation of that. William Ronald...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

This museum was originally the local poor house and it is this history that makes the Wellington County Museum so interesting. Well worth a visit. Cost is by donation too.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank faylynk
Wellington Coun... M, Front Office Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Thank you! The team at the Wellington County Museum and Archives take pride in our role as a cultural hub, providing exhibits, programming, support and services for the residents of Wellington County, and visitors. We appreciate your feedback and hope you will visit us again!

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Admission is by donation.