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Wellington County Museum & Archives

536 Wellington Rd 18, Elora, Ontario N1M 2W3, Canada
+1 519-846-0916
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Excellent piece of local history

The museum building was first built as a refuge house for the local community. It's symbolic of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jessica L
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The Poor House

This museum was originally the local poor house and it is this history that makes the Wellington... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
faylynk
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Elora, 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 tell the stories of Wellington County's people, places and events. The Archives is a state of the art, award winning facility to research local, national and international records.
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536 Wellington Rd 18, Elora, Ontario N1M 2W3, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Jessica L
Reviewed 7 September 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.

Thank faylynk
Wellington Coun... M, Front Office Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 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!

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We were recommended to visit this museum by many folks and it was worth it. Its easy to find and the property is beautiful. There is so much history there and it is presented like an art gallery almost. Very interactive! There is also a...More

Thank TaanJa94
Wellington Coun... M, Front Office Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Dear TaanJa94; Thank you so much for your excellent review of our facility and exhibits. The WCMA team works very hard to bring our visitors relevant and historically important displays. I'm so glad you were able to explore our outdoor exhibits and trails. We look...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017

We visited, unsure of what to expect. There were many excellent surprises here, from the beautifully groomed gardens, to activity programs, excellent historical displays, and a juried art exhibition. Entry fee is by donation, so this is affordable to all. The history of the building...More

Thank BirdBrain2011
Reviewed 27 August 2017

I had no idea this museum, or the history of The Poor House existed until this weekend. First of all, what an amazing building! We were greeted by an incredibly welcoming woman. She gave us an overview of the place and sent us on our...More

Thank Martha B
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Great place to see the past. The staff have done an excellent job displaying everything. A great way to spend a day in the countryMore

Thank Grammalee519
Wellington Coun... M, Front Office Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Dear Grammalee519; Thank you very much for your review of our facility. We appreciate your kind words. Our staff has worked very hard to create engaging and important displays for visitors to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and Archives...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017

Very well thought out displays. A WW 1 trench gives a shivery feeling of what is like to experience. A section devoted to the buildings history as "A House of Refuge." Revealing. Many other displays worth seeing. Changing exhibits .More

Thank Padraighenry
Wellington Coun... M, Front Office Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2017

Dear Padraighenry; Thank you so much for your excellent review of our facility and exhibits. Our team works very hard here at the WCMA to bring our guests relevant and historically important displays. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and Archives...More

Reviewed 19 March 2017

Beautifully kept century old building. Captures the history of Fergus/Elora and surrounding area with authentic well preserved items and stories. A must for anyone interested in the area. The grounds are a bonus - with the butterfly gardens.More

Thank WPatton2014
Wellington Coun... M, Guest Relations Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Dear WPatton2014; Thank you so much for your excellent review of our facility. We also feel that the Museum and Archives is a treasure in Aboyne! We look forward to welcoming you back for a visit in the near future. Best Regards, Kym Kym Drinkwater...More

Reviewed 13 March 2017

We had our daughters wedding here on Halloween 2015. The women that helped us set up the rental was such a great help and an absolute pleasure to work with. The ceremony was in the barn and the reception was in the larger of 2...More

Thank tiggerfitzpat
Wellington Coun... M, Guest Relations Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Dear tiggerfitzpat; Thank you so much for your fantastic review of our facility and rental space. We remember your daughter's wedding well, what a fantastic and unique wedding to be held on our site! We are so pleased you were happy with the venue and...More

Reviewed 8 March 2017

This certainly gives you the history about Fergus and Elora. They are really well informed (staff). The grounds are beautiful and there is quite a lot to see. I believe children would enjoy as well. I'm sorry I don't know what the hours are but...More

Thank dbdelvie
Wellington Coun... M, Front Office Manager at Wellington County Museum & Archives, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Dear dbdelvie; Thank you very much for your excellent review of our facility. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and Archives and our staff were able to be so helpful, that is always our goal. We look forward to welcoming...More

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