Museum of Dufferin (formerly known as Dufferin County Museum and Archives) is located in the scenic hills of Mulmur Township on Highway 89 between Shelburne and Alliston. Enjoy changing artifact displays, art exhibits showcasing the works of local and featured artists, staffed municipal archives for family and property research, a gift store, and an annual schedule of special events, tours and programs.
Picnic among our beautiful gardens as you take-in the majestic view of the surrounding countryside. Hike the Dufferin County Forest, Bruce Trail and provincial parks minutes from the Museum. Discover the many fine restaurants, shops, resorts and other attractions that the Headwaters Region has to offer.
- The Museum is fully accessible, with the exception of the second floor of the heritage Dufferin House inside the Main Gallery.
- Support persons are always admitted at no charge.
- Support animals are welcome.
- Complimentary admission for Cultural Access Pass holders and Access2 card holders.
- Complimentary admission for members of the military and their families.
The Museum is open year-round:
Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
The Archives & Reading Room are open:
Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Closed Sunday to Tuesday
Adult $5.00 +HST
Senior (65+) $4.00 +HST
Youth (6 to 18) $2.00 +HST
Child (5 and under) FREE
Support Persons FREE
Temperance and Temptation Exhibit
Between the mid 1800s and early 1900s, much debate surrounded the consumption of alcohol in Canada. While bootleggers tended to their hidden stills, local temperance enthusiasts met to discuss their anti-alcohol agenda.
Unlike the United States, the prohibition of alcohol was less stringent in Canada. At no time was the entire country under prohibition. Instead, residents voted for laws restricting alcohol in their own regions, this was known as Local Option. Beginning in 1894, towns and townships in Dufferin County voted to go “dry”. As a rural community with traditionally conservative values, the majority of the county felt that alcohol should be strictly controlled. Of course, not everyone agreed…
Join us on a journey as we bring you secret stills and stories from Dufferin County’s past
Main Exhibit: True. Grit. 2018
The Pioneering Spirit of Dufferin County
We look to the past; to the pioneers, the originals, to understand where our community began. This display of artifacts, archival materials and modern photography compares and contrasts pioneers and present-day people who have made important contributions to our community.
The Residents of Dufferin County by Photographer Emily Curd
August 1 until September 7, 2018
The Residents of Dufferin County is a fine art documentary photography exhibition by local Mulmur photographer Emily Curd: “you do not have to travel far to realize the beauty we have right in our own backyard and appreciate the people who create this welcoming community.”
Lifeactually – A Photography Exhibit – Photography by Pete Paterson
Sunday, October 28th – 2pm opening. Runs until December 23, 2018
Life isn’t easy. We set goals, face challenges, overcome hurdles and try to hold onto our Vision. We keep going, because we each bring something to this world that no one else has in exactly the same way. Some of the greatest barriers people face are the stereotypes about what it means to have a developmental disability. These photographs remind us that there are more things that tie us together than hold us apart. They are about LIFE at its best – finding meaning and joy in our relationships, our work, our hobbies, and our communities. They are about the ways that we all contribute to making the world a stronger and more vibrant place.
Better In Mulmur Farmers’ Market
Sundays, May 20 to October 7, Noon – 4pm
Every Sunday afternoon brings a gathering of the community and many new friends and visitors to the Museum grounds. The Market offers the freshest of seasonal food from the local farming community.
Kids’ area and parking available.
MoD Talks: Terry O’Reilly
Sunday, August 26, 2pm
Move over, Don Draper. The MoD sits down with Canada’s ad-man Terry O’Reilly for a conversation about his life, passions and work. He’ll be asked to dish on celebrities and bad ads before really getting busy. So – if you’re a fan of Terry’s “Under The Influence”, “O’Reilly on Advertising” or “The Age of Persuasion”, you should join us! Please purchase tickets by calling 519-941-1114.
Temperance & Temptation (a multi-media Coach Tour)
Saturday and Sunday September 8 & 9, starts Saturday Noon, ends Sunday Noon
Saturday and Sunday September 29 & 30, starts Saturday Noon, ends Sunday Noon
Join us on a journey to the past, to meet the Temperance Lady, the Inspector, and the Bootlegger as they bring you to the hidden gems of the Headwaters Region and ensure that you have the very best time. Purchase your tickets at: www.TemperanceandTemptation.ca
Sky Watching on the MoD Grounds
Saturday, September 15, 8pm
Come to the Museum grounds to witness the vast night sky. Join the sky watchers from Dufferin Astronomy and learn about the stars and planets. This date is near the first quarter moon and since sky conditions are never predictable, we have set a rain date of Saturday September 22, which is close to the full moon. It is also the fall equinox. http://dufferinastronomy.wixsite.com/dufferinastronomy
Join us sky and star watchers!
Free admission. Coffee and lemonade for sale.
The Secret Still Escape Room
Fridays, October 12, 19, 26, 2018, 7pm
You’ve got word that the Hotel Inspector is on his way with a liquor raiding party. Selling liquor is against the law so you’d better hide those whiskey bottles! But what about the Still in the back of the hotel? You’ve got to hide it before the mob arrives.
You will have to find clues, solve puzzles and most importantly – work as a team in order to pass all the challenges lying between you and your goal. Discover your passion for mystery and uncover the Secret Still. Please purchase tickets by calling 519-941-1114.
Ages 19 and up
Fall Storytelling & Live Music in the Church
Sunday, October 28, 2pm
The Dufferin Arts Council and the Museum of Dufferin present an afternoon of stories expertly told by members of the Dufferin Circle of Storytellers. Live music between the tales and refreshments back at the Museum round out this very special afternoon.
Admission: $10.00 – Tickets only available at the Corbetton Church on the day of the show.
With The Paranormal Seekers
Saturday October 27, Paranormal Investigators at the Museum
The Paranormal Seekers are a scientifically based paranormal research and investigation group who investigate both residential and commercial properties and approach each case with a high level of professionalism and they are joining us here at the MoD. Will they find any spirits? Does energy stay with artifacts? Come and explore the MoD on a new level and quite possibly meet some permanent residents!
Please purchase tickets by calling 519-941-1114
Holiday Treasures Arts and Crafts Sale
November 24 to December 9 /Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm / Sunday: Noon to 5 pm / Closed Monday
We endeavor to bring you the most unique offerings from artists creating wonderful gifts in clay, glass, wood, textiles, jewelry, paintings, folk art, photographs, note and gift cards, and much more.
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Special Admission: $3.00 / Kids (1-12yrs) FREE
“Home for Christmas” Mono Christmas Party
Sunday December 16, 1pm – 3pm
Enjoy the music and talents of local artists as we celebrate the Christmas season together in the enchanting Corbetton Church on the MoD grounds. Refreshments and conversations to follow in the Museum. It’s a family affair so wear your comfy sweaters!
Tickets available at the door – $10.00
Family Day – Party Safari
Monday February 18, 2019, Noon until 3pm
Party Safari will bring a menagerie of slimy, attention seeking, affectionate critters for your family to meet and hold. Enjoy a day at the Museum to explore our new exhibits, play in the children’s’ area, watch a movie, and cuddle a frog or two.
Admission by Donation
Historic Display Main Gallery: glass cases around the perimeter and additional artifacts in drawers beneath, you are free to peep inside.
McCutcheon House: replica of McCutcheon family house furnished to ca. 1918. Original was initial home to Dufferin County’s first Museum, destroyed by fire in 1993.
Rich Hill Orange Hall: An 1861 hall erected of tamarack logs, donated by the Spence Family. Installed facing East as suggested by Lodge ritual, the hall was from Amaranth township. Hall often features art displays. Crombie’s Station: Build in 1882 by the Toronto, Grey & Bruce Railway, this station was originally located North and West of intersection of 3rd Line and 20th Sideroad. Passengers would wave a green and white flat to stop the train.
Corn Flower: MoD is home of one of the largest public collections of Canadian cut glass with “Corn Flower” pattern, originally developed by Dufferin’s own W.J. “Jack” Hughes. Annual Corn Flower Festival takes place each June.
Silo Art Gallery & Observation Level: In addition to spectacular views, the Silo also features the works of local and area artists, displayed throughout the year.
The Archives: Reading room and extensive collection of local, government, business and personal documents, photographs and reference books, available to researchers.
Large Artifact Storage: Unique feature, you may experience a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the Museum of Dufferin. We open our large storage areas to the public. Feel free to explore and examine items not currently on display.
Historic Corbetton Church: This beautifully restore 19th century church provides a unique setting for several community and private events, such as weddings, concerts and live theatre.
Financial support: The MoD is generously supported by our members, guests, the County of Dufferin and the Province of Ontario.