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Guelph Civic Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nice Museum!

I visited the Guelph Civic Museum while visiting family in Guelph recently. A nice museum of... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2015
Nairobi, Kenya
Good place for History Buffs

I've been to this museum on two different occasions. If you're interested in history, this is a... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2015
Guelph, Canada
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“civic museum”(8 reviews)
“local history”(4 reviews)
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The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph's history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities. Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street...more
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52 Norfolk St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8, Canada
+1 519-836-1221
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Tourists especially those from Hong Kong may know only a little about tourism in Guelph. It is because there is not much promotion about this place and going there may not be so easy as you have to travel a long way by buses or...More

3  Thank tsoi2017
GuelphMuseums, Community Relations Coordinator at Guelph Civic Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

We are so glad you made a stop to the Civic Museum! Our staff are very passionate about Guelph and it's history, wonderful to hear they extended a warm welcome. Thank you for visiting and for your kind review!

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Reviewed 17 July 2015

Nice little museum as part of the Basilica, the latter defines Guelph's downtown. Great to quickly run thru to see the evolution of Guelph according to Galt and then visit the Basilica.

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Reviewed 31 May 2015

I visited the Guelph Civic Museum while visiting family in Guelph recently. A nice museum of culture & natural history, it is worth visiting.

1  Thank Ibadanboy
Reviewed 22 April 2015

I've been to this museum on two different occasions. If you're interested in history, this is a good (small city) museum focusing on local history. If you're not interested in history though, this is probably not something that you would be interested in.

2  Thank namanuel
Reviewed 25 March 2015

After years of bickering about need and cost, Guelph City Council finally purchased the former Loretto Convent on "Catholic Hill" below the Basilica of Our Lady and converted it into a museum. The modern glass exterior perfectly frames and compliments the original limestone structure. Rotating...More

2  Thank Redfox-7
Reviewed 18 February 2015

On Family Day this year my family spent about 2 hours at the Guelph Civic Museum. We've been there a few times before and once again the museum didn't disappoint us. The museum is a renovated convent filled with 3 floors of photos, maps, and...More

Thank Eve M
Reviewed 15 February 2015

Great little museum in a refurbished convent. Two areas house temporary exhibits -- we saw displays about former local candy stores and a wonderful art exhibit of saints in watercolors with gold leaf. An airy, light-filled children/family pavilion is housed in the former chapel. The...More

Thank Valerie F
Reviewed 25 January 2015

The newly expanded Guelph Civic Museum is, in my opinion, one of the best local museums around. Give yourself plenty of time to see all of the exhibits.

Thank BillfromGuelph
Reviewed 28 November 2014

My family had a great visit. Very interesting displays in an old convent. Very bright and clean inside. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Very cheap to get into. Be aware that Garmin sends you to the wrong address, The museum is right beside...More

Thank EddieHamilton
Reviewed 3 September 2014

I like going here because they have days were entrances are free. There is a lot to do for the kids. The day we went we met an Olympian, had photos taken of us, did crafts and tried some outdoor hockey.

Thank Ana's A
Reviewed 6 August 2014

If you have small children, and live anywhere even sort of close, do yourself a favour and buy a family membership. Exhibits change often and are often kid-friendly. The children's areas are great and run by an amazing and creative staff who clearly love their...More

1  Thank J M
Reviewed 27 June 2014

I have family history in Guelph, so my Mother and I made a special trip to the museum in search of pictures or information about her Grandfather, my Great Grandfather. Decades ago, my Mother remembered seeing pictures of him in the museum displays. But since...More

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Alyssa L
14 June 2017|
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Response from GuelphMuseums | Property representative |
Hi Alyssa, Sorry for our delayed response. Yes, the other two answers are correct. Only service animals are permitted inside the museum. Hope you still get a chance to visit!