Elman W. Campbell Museum


Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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The ELMAN W. CAMPBELL MUSEUM, owned by the Corporation of the Town of Newmarket and operated by the Elman W. Campbell Museum Board of Management, is a non-profit, educational institution created for the purpose of collecting, preserving, researching, studying, exhibiting and interpreting artifacts related to the social, political and economic history of the Town of Newmarket and its environs from the time of the first settlers to thirty years before present, for the benefit of residents of the Town of Newmarket and visitors from outside the Town. 

The Elman W. Campbell Museum is wheelchair accessible. 

​Location: 134 Main Street South, Newmarket, ON

For more information call 905-953-5314 or email: museum@newmarket.ca ​

To view a 360​°​ panorama tour of the Elman W. Campbell Museum, click the image below.

Link to 360 degree tour of Elman W. Campbell Museum

Educational School Programs

The Elman W. Campbell Museum offers heritage school programs for students in kindergarten, grades 1 and 3 (during the school year).

Students will learn about the theme through objects in our collections and engage in hands-on activities.  

For bookings or inquiries, contact the Museum at 905-953-5314.

  • Junior & Senior Kindergartens:  Early Playtime in Historic Newmarket ($3.50/child)
  • Grade 1: The Local Community and the Elman W. Campbell Museum ($3.50/child)
  • Grade 2: Winter Celebrations in Victoria Newmarket (mid November to December only) ($3.50/child)
  • Grade 3: Early Settlers in Newmarket ($3.50/child) Also available outreach

*NEW* Community Outreach Programs also available from our Museum to you, $60/group  

  • From the Toy Box
  • Grandma's Attic in a Suitcase
  • Indigenous Peoples 
  • The Travelling Backpack (WW1 focus)

Programs and Events 

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History Through Stitches 

July 1, to October 31, 2019 | Free Admission | Tues to Sat 10 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m.

Curated by Lynn Robitaille. See beautifully handmade quilts of historic Yonge Street from Toronto to Thunder Bay created by women from different branches of the Federated Women's Institute of Ontario.  Also on display are sewing machines and tools from our Museum collection dating from Victorian times to the 1960s.

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Wee Fun Wednesdays: Kids & Caregivers

September 4 to November 27, 2019

Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.     Ages 1 to 4* with an adult

Cost:  $3 cash/child

Enhance your child's summer with unique learning-through-play opportunities at the Museum.  No long-term commitment - just drop in Wednesday morning. Join us as we stimulate your child's imagination, communication and cooperation skills in a fun environment through different themes each week.

Click here for full schedule of activities

Creativity, The Arts and Well Being (New) 

Visiting Museums can be a positive experience that helps to improve your overall wellbeing. Calming experiences help you relax and provide distractions from everyday stress. Join us as we connect with others through jigsaw puzzles, positive affirmation crafts and reflect about the past by exploring the Newmarket Industrial Home. Share a Message of Hope to display in our Hall of Hope at the Museum. Enjoy a free coffee, tea, cold beverages and cookies during your visit.

10 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m. | Free admission

All ages welcome | Adult supervision required

  • October 1 to 5 & 8 to 12 | Open Museum hours | Board games, jigsaw puzzles, share a message on the Hall of Hope
  • Saturday October 12 | Open Museum hours | DIY Decorative Bag and Inspirational Cards*

*Pre-register at museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314.


Halloween Fun at the Museum

Saturday, October 26 | 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a howling good time! Fun activities include Halloween crafts, pumpkin hunts, scavenger hunts with prizes, candy guess, table top activities, light refreshments and loot bags.

Costumes are encouraged.

Suitable for ages 4 to 10 with adult supervision | $3 admission per child (cash at the door)

Pre-registration required by October 25, museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314.

Breakfast Bring & Brag (New)

November 2, 2019 | 9:30 to 11 a.m.

A warm invitation to those with historical stories, fond memories, photos and family treasures related to Newmarket to share amongst friends. Join us for refreshments and memories.  Limit one item per person.  

Large, heavy or bulky items requiring assistance should remain at home. 

Continental Breakfast | Coffee/Tea | $5/person

  • Share your Antiques
  • Meet Museum Staff
  • Family Treasures
  • Historical Anecdotes
  • Old Photos of Newmarket

Register early (limited space) at museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314

Gallery Of Festive Heritage Trees

November 16 to December 19 | 10 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m.

The Elman W. Campbell Museum presents the Gallery of Festive Heritage Tree to celebrate the holiday season. The Royal Family celebrated the holiday season with Christmas trees even before the custom became popular. Whether your style is Victorian, Edwardian, or Retro, there's something to inspire everyone! Opens the day of the Newmarket Santa Claus Parade! Free admission (Monetary donations greatly received).


Gift Shop Sale Fundraiser At The Museum

Saturday, November 16 | 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Find unique gifts, antiques, glassware, holiday decorations, home décor and much more all on sale at the Elman W. Campbell Museum.

Cash only please. Presented by the Friends of the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Museum.


Holiday Craft Workshop (NEW)

Saturday, November 23 | 1 to 3 p.m.

Get into the festive spirit and have fun making a Gingerbread Stuffed Toy (simple sewing skills) and Holly Bell Decoration. Afterwards try our old-fashioned toys. Enjoy a beverage and gingerbread treat.

$5/child (cash at the door) adult supervision required | Suitable for ages 3 to 10

Pre-registration required by November 22, museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314.

Cocoa and Cookies with Santa

Saturday, December 7 | 1 to 3 p.m.

Jingle all the way to the Elman W. Campbell Museum! You're invited to enjoy an afternoon of hot cocoa, cookies and photo opportunity with Santa. Presented by the Friends of the Museum. 

Free admission* with donation to the Newmarket Food Pantry. All ages, adult supervision required. 

Pre-registration required by December 6, museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314.


March Break Fun

March 17 to 20, 2020 | 1 to 3 p.m.

Enjoy a different craft theme each day and have fun all week with scavenger hunts, hands on playtime with tabletop activities (wooden train set, wooden doll house, build a log cabin, colouring, slates with chalk, mini dental office & more). Suitable for ages 4 to 10.

Adult supervision required.

• Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day Fun: Assortment of easy and fun theme crafts. Free drop-in!

• Wednesday, March 18, Make your own Dinosaur Terrarium! Includes theme supplies. $10/child (cash at the door). Pre-register at museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314.

• Thursday, March 19, Pioneer Fun! Learn to make butter, yarn crafts, button spinners, play with reproduction pioneer toys. Free drop-in!

• Friday, March 20, Make your own Bird Feeder Ornament and decorate a Bird House $5/child, (cash at the door). Pre-register at museum@newmarket.ca or 905-953-5314.


Grandma's Attic (New)

Begins April 1, 2020 | 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Do you remember visiting Grandma's Attic? Explore hidden treasures from the Museum collection, some items will be displayed for the first time! Clothing, steam trunks, suitcases, Dressmakers Judy, hats, gloves, jewellery, men's suit, dressers, shoes, dolls, doll house, toys, rocking horse, lamps, sewing machine, chairs, rugs and hat boxes. Free admission (Monetary donations greatly received).