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“Beautiful building melding old and new.”

Guelph Civic Museum
Ranked #12 of 61 things to do in Guelph
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of artifacts that bring Guelph's past to life.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 10 November 2017

A very good look at life in Guelph through the ages. Makes you appreciate history. The staff are knowledgeable and extremely helpful. You can tell that they love what they do. They also have a space for parties and meetings. That would be cool.

Thank BernieK55
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

A nice place to stop for a few hours to learn about Guelph and its history. I enjoyed seeing many photos from the past compared to today. Lots of interesting items to see and they were well organized. The kids area had many fun activities and was well layed out with many small stations with different things to do.

Thank 1Love2Travel789
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Management response:Responded 14 August 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for your review!

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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 trains from Toronto in order to reach there. I have to say it is worth to pay a visit to Guelph though as compare to other big cities like Toronto, Vancouver, there is not much to see. However I love the atmosphere there.

The Civic Museum is not very big but you can know a lot of history about Guelph and Canada inside the museum. People serving there are very nice, friendly and with passion. They welcome your visits and can tell you all useful information about their city.

My wife and I were there on a rainy day in July. We were actually tired when we arrived at the museum but hospitality of the museum staff cheered us up again!

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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 10 August 2017

Knowing nothing of Guelph when I went into the museum, I came out knowing a lot more about it. It's great as an introduction to the city, with its history being charted from the first tree cut and through inventions, innovations and so on. Small bite size exhibits made the experience enjoyable rather than overwhelming and the cheap admission price made it even better. It is fully accessible inside with activities for children as well as adults.

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

Exactly what we love to hear! So glad you enjoyed your visit and learned about our lovely city. Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We ventured out to the Civic Museum on their Fourth Friday feature. Free museum admission and a free outdoor concert every fourth Friday of the month.
It is really well laid out and features local history as well as interesting exhibits about local nature and environmental concerns.
If you have little ones, there's a very interactive spot for them to explore.
Lots of history about early life in the city!
We will definitely return when they have some special exhibits.
A great resource of local culture and very well curated.

Thank John B
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Management response:Responded 1 August 2017

Fourth Fridays are the perfect time to come out and explore the museum! So glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the wonderful review!

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