Guelph Museums

Guelph’s stories live here!

Guelph Museums includes Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House National Historic Site, and Locomotive 6167.

At the heart of Guelph in the former Loretto Convent, Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery and special events and activities.  The historic 1850s building, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, is home for a collection of over 40,000 artifacts that illustrate the rich history of Guelph.

A short drive away, McCrae House National Historic Site, located at 108 Water Street, is the birthplace of Lt. Col. John McCrae, doctor, soldier and author of "In Flanders Fields."  Exhibitions provide information about his upbringing in Guelph, his medical career, his artistic pursuits, his adventures, and his military service.  The atmosphere at the house and grounds is one of reflection and contemplation, enhanced by engaging programs including outdoor tea and theatre programs during the summer.

Locomotive 6167 was built in 1940, one of 203 "Northern" locomotives used by Canadian National Railways for passenger and freight service.  After being retired from active service, the locomotive was gifted to the City of Guelph in 1967.  It has been lovingly restored by volunteers, and can be viewed at its Farquhar Street location near downtown Guelph's transportation hub.





Type: Community Museum | Historic Building



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McCrae House

McCrae House

McCrae House, a c.1857 stone cottage located along the banks of the Speed River, is the birthplace of Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872 – 1918)....