Guelph Museums collects artifacts that tell stories about Guelph’s historical past and present-day lived experiences. Artifacts are used for documentation, preservation, research, exhibition, and interpretation in benefit to the broad community
We collect objects and photographs, as well as print, audio-visual and digital material. We aim to acquire artifacts that are complete and in good condition with a well-documented history of use and ownership.
There are three focused collections at Guelph Museums:
1. Guelph Civic Museum Collection (including Locomotive 6167)
The Civic Museum brings Guelph’s regional narratives, past and present, to life. Locomotive 6167 is one of 203 “Northern” locomotives used by Canadian National Railways during the Second World War and for special excursion trips throughout Ontario.
2. McCrae House Collection
McCrae House is a National Historic Site and the birthplace of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918), the First World War doctor, soldier and poet who penned “In Flanders Fields.”
3. Rapid Response Collecting
People and communities in Guelph and around the world are living moments in local, national and international history, including the COVID-19 pandemic and initiatives in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Rapid Response Collecting aims to preserve the stories, experiences and activism of Guelph individuals, families, and communities in crises together.
Please use this form to submit artifacts to any/all of the collections at Guelph Museums.