Elman W. Campbell Museum

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Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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Our Museum is Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2022!

Please Note - The Museum will be closed on Saturday, July 2, 2022

Elman W. Campbell Museum 40th Anniversary! 40 years as a community museum is a great reason for us to celebrate with you. Special displays, events and programs have been planned.  The museum has been completely refreshed and there are lots of new exhibits to explore.


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Elman W. Campbell Museum 40th Anniversary

Ruby Anniversary Pop Up

Saturday, May 14 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | All Ages | $5/person
Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

Join us for a mini pop Up - Our Ruby Anniversary!  Celebrate the Museum's anniversary with us.  The 40th Anniversary is known as the Ruby Anniversary.  Join us for fun, family activities, a ruby themed display, crafts, photo opportunities and take home activity kits. 

 

Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration

Saturday, May 21 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | All Ages | Parent/guardian supervision required | $5/person
Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

Celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday and enjoy scrapbooking, crafts and a slice of cake! 

Teddy Bears' Party

Saturday, May 28 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Parent/guardian supervision required | $5/child
Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

Teddy Bears' Party! All teddy bears and their owners are invited to come out to the Museum and celebrate the Museum's 40th Anniversary! Games, teddy bear contests, bear hunts, bear-aerobics, displays and light refreshments!  Contest Categories are Tallest bear, Bear that looks most like owner and Best dressed Party Bear.

 

Our 40th Anniversary!  Museum Open House & Activities                                     

Wednesday, June 22 | 1 to 3 p.m. | FREE

On June 22, 1982, the Museum opened on the upper floor of the old Fire Hall becoming the first home for the Museum.  Join our celebration by visiting, celebrating Newmarket's history and sharing your stories. Light refreshments.

 

Canada Day Open House Activities

July 1 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | All Ages | Parent/guardian supervision required | FREE (monetary donations accepted).

Celebrate Canada Day with free indoor/outdoor activities, interactive table top activities, try a Ruby Scavenger Hunt and see our 40th anniversary special displays.

 

Woven Hearts, Seniors Social Bee

Friday, July 18 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Ages 55+ | $5/person
Pre-register at play.newmarket.ca.

The 40th Anniversary is known as the Ruby Anniversary.  The Ruby is a symbol of love and passion.  Join us for a fun morning of coffee, woven heart craft, chats, fun trivia and explore our many displays!

 

NEW 40th Anniversary Displays: The 40th Anniversary is known as the Ruby Anniversary. Drop by to see one of our new 40th Anniversary Displays. Free admission. 

  • History of the Elman W. Campbell Museum
  • History of Elman Campbell
  • Ruby coloured glassware collection
  • Hat's Off, 40 Hats display

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Launching May 28, 2022

Discover local art & history while you stroll historic Main Street. Click the banner above for details!



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May is Museum Month
We've got family friendly activities all month long to celebrate Newmarket's heritage and culture, as well as the contributions of museums to our communities.  


May is Museum Month!

May 7, 2022 | 134 Main Street, South | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.  Free admission.

Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate Newmarket's heritage and culture, as well as the contributions of museums to our communities. The Elman W. Campbell Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary with special displays and activities throughout the year!

Join us for fun, family activities including a Ruby Scavenger Hunt, Downtown Newmarket Seek n' Search Scavenger Hunt and tabletop activities.  The museum has been completely refreshed and there are lots of new exhibits to explore. For more information, visit newmarket.ca/museum.


Ruby Anniversary Pop Up

Saturday, May 14 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | All Ages | $5/person
Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

Join us for a mini pop Up - Our Ruby Anniversary!  Celebrate the Museum's anniversary with us.  The 40th Anniversary is known as the Ruby Anniversary.  Join us for fun, family activities, a ruby themed display, crafts, photo opportunities and take home activity kits. 


Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration

Saturday, May 21 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | All Ages | Parent/guardian supervision required | $5/person
Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

Celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday and enjoy scrapbooking, crafts and a slice of cake! 


Teddy Bears' Party

Saturday, May 28 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Parent/guardian supervision required | $5/child
Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

Teddy Bears' Party! All teddy bears and their owners are invited to come out to the Museum and celebrate the Museum's 40th Anniversary! Games, teddy bear contests, bear hunts, bear-aerobics, displays and light refreshments!  Contest Categories are Tallest bear, Bear that looks most like owner and Best dressed Party Bear.


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Check out the upcoming Spring 2022 Museum Events:

Spring 2022 Museum Events

National Indigenous Peoples Celebrations Mini Pop Up Series

June is National Indigenous History Month. Each week we will present a different theme offering family activities, displays, photo opportunities and take home activity kits.

Suitable for ages 7+ | $5/person | Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

  • Saturday June 4 - Newmarket's Earliest Inhabitants. Learn about early Newmarket societies pre 1500.
  • Saturday June 11 – The Importance of Bead Work. We look at examples of wampum belts, quillwork, and history of dreamcatchers and beads of therapy.
  • Saturday June 18 - Learning from Animals.  Learn about the significance of certain animals through examples of art, clan names and spiritual beliefs.
  • Saturday June 25 - The Relationship of the Number 4. Learn why the number 4 is unique to the First Nations culture

 

Wee Fun Wednesdays

Drop in programs for Tots and Caregivers will stimulate communication, cooperation, imagination and make new friends! Stop in for crafts and finish up by seeing one of our many displays! Join us for a different theme each Wednesday. Covid safety protocols in place. Children 2+ years old are required to wear a mask at the program.
Age: 1 to 4 Years
Location: Elman W. Campbell Museum



To Download a printable version of the Heritage Programs and Events at the Museum from the Spring 2022 Activity Click the link below.

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Summer 2022 Events & Activities

SUMMER OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN MINI POP UPS Summer Outdoor Family Fun - Mini Pop-ups:

Every Saturday we will present a different theme, offering a variety of fun and interactive displays to see and play with, selfie opportunities on our front lawn and a take home activity. Pop-ups will be held inside in the event of inclement weather. Join us after visiting the Farmer's Market! 

11a.m. to 1 p.m. | Free admission

  • July 9, Get the picture? (Cameras)
  • July 16, Jingle Bells in July (Bells)
  • July 23, Shake, Rattle'n Roll (Early Playtime)
  • July 30, Illumination (Lanterns and shadow fun)
  • August 6, Not the sharpest tool in the shed (Old tools)
  • August 13, Nothing to Sneeze about (Handkerchiefs were popular before tissues)
  • August 20, Best things since sliced Bread  (Kitchen gadgets)

 

Canada Day Open House Activities

July 1 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | All Ages | Parent/guardian supervision required | FREE (monetary donations accepted).

Celebrate Canada Day with free indoor/outdoor activities, interactive table top activities, try a Ruby Scavenger Hunt and see our 40th anniversary special displays.

Wee Fun Wednesdays in July (July 6, 13, 20, 27)

Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Suitable for ages 1 to 4 | Parent/guardian supervision required $5/Child
Pre-register at play.newmarket.ca. Limited registration.

Our drop in programs for Tots and Caregivers will stimulate communication, cooperation, imagination and help tots make new friends!  Stop in for crafts and explore our many displays! Join us for a different theme each Wednesday.

Friday Seniors Social Bees in July (July 8, 15, 29)

Fridays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Ages 55+ | $5/person
Pre-register at play.newmarket.ca. Limited registration.

Join us on Fridays for a fun morning of Coffee, Craft and Chats and explore our many displays!

  • July 8, Woven Hearts (40th Anniversary Craft)
  • July 15, Painted Flower Pots
  • July 29, Painted Doily Butterflies


Museum Pop-Up Mini Gardens

Thursday July 21 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m./ or 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Our popular Dinosaur Terrariums returns! Includes themed supplies. $20/child. Create your own dinosaur terrarium, try a scavenger hunt and hands on playtime with tabletop activities.

 

Wee Fun Wednesdays in August (August 3, 10, 17)

Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Suitable for ages 1 to 4 | Parent/guardian supervision required $5/Child
Pre-register at play.newmarket.ca

Our drop in programs for Tots and Caregivers will stimulate communication, cooperation, imagination and help tots make new friends!  Stop in for crafts and explore our many displays! Join us for a different theme each Wednesday.

 

Friday Seniors Social Bees in August (August 12,19)

Fridays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Ages 55+ | $5/person
Pre-register at play.newmarket.ca

Join us on Fridays for a fun morning of Coffee, Craft and Chats. Explore our many displays!

  • August 12, Painted Bird Houses, everything birds, Adult colouring page of birds, Trivia
  • August 19, Woven Mandalas, Coloring page, trivia, what is a mandala, geometric patterns

 

Museum Pop-up Mini Gardens (August 18)

Thursday, August 18 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.| $20/child

Create your own enchanting mini garden terrarium. Includes themed supplies. Try a scavenger hunt and hands on playtime with tabletop activities.



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National Indigenous History Month

Visit the Museum - Tuesday to Saturday throughout the month of June
Free admission (monetary donations accepted). Parent/guardian supervision required.

The month of June is National Indigenous History Month — a time to celebrate the unique histories, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people. See our collection of Indigenous artifacts, Metis reproduction artifacts and Inuit sculptures. 

National Indigenous Peoples Celebrations - Saturday mini pop-ups

Suitable for ages 7+ | $5/person | Pre-Register at play.newmarket.ca

June is National Indigenous History Month. Each week we will present a different theme offering family activities, displays, photo opportunities and take home activity kits.

  • June 4 - Newmarket's Earliest Inhabitants. Learn about early Newmarket societies pre 1500.
  • June 11 – The Importance of Bead Work. We look at examples of wampum belts, quillwork, and history of dreamcatchers and beads of therapy.
  • June 18 - Learning from Animals.  Learn about the significance of certain animals through examples of art, clan names and spiritual beliefs.
  • June 25 - The Relationship of the Number 4. Learn why the number 4 is unique to the First Nations culture.


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From our Museum TO You

Great hands-on interactive presentations for schools, seniors' groups, youth groups | $60/group.

  • Grandpa's Grooming Kit (January to February)
  • Life Before Electricity (March to April)
  • Indigenous Peoples (May to June)
  • Vintage Treasures in a Basket (July to August)
  • The Travelling Backpack (WW2 focus) (September to November)
  • Victorian Christmas (November to January)

To book a program call 905-953-5314 or email: museum@newmarket.ca


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Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Free admission (monetary donations accepted).



Curriculum-Based Education School Programs 

The Elman W. Campbell Museum offers heritage school programs for students in kindergarten, to grade 3 (during the school year). Students will learn about the theme through objects in our collections and engage in hands-on activities.  

$3.50/child | Bookings or inquiries: 905-953-5314 or museum@newmarket.ca

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

A Bridal Trousseau

A bride's trousseau depended on the family's financial stature. Items would include lingerie, linens and housewares. Trousseaus became less common after WWII. Explore hidden treasures from the Museum's collection. Some seen for the first time!

Newmarket Memorabilia

Check out our display of Newmarket memorabilia artifacts including Newmarket souvenirs, commemorative plates, Newmarket wooden nickels a Newmarket Hook and Ladder helmet. Learn about the history of Newmarket's first schools, the Newmarket Fire Brigade the Newmarket Police Department and much more!

40th Anniversary Displays

The 40th Anniversary is known as the Ruby Anniversary. Drop by to see one of our new 40th Anniversary Displays. 

  • History of the Elman W. Campbell Museum
  • History of Elman Campbell
  • Ruby coloured glassware collection
  • Hat's Off, 40 Hats display


The Changing Face of Main Street

Take a trip through time as we chronicle the changes to Main Street Newmarket.  This exhibit features maps and photographs showcasing the evolution of our community over the last 150 years.  Presented in partnership with the Newmarket Historical Society. 

Black History in Newmarket

Learn about Black history in Newmarket, see a reproduction crate like the one Henry Box Brown hid in to escape from slavery to freedom and a collection of African-American Daddy Long Leg dolls.


 

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For Tots and Caregivers

  • Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 per child
  • Ages: 1 to 4 years
  • Register a play.newmarket.ca 

Drop in programs for Tots and Caregivers will stimulate communication, cooperation, imagination and make new friends! Stop in for crafts and finish up by seeing one of our many displays! Join us for a different theme each Wednesday.

Spring 2022 Dates

April13 - Easter Activities 
  • Easter Craft
  • Purple Playdough
  • Colouring
April 20 - Earth Day
  • Earth Day Craft
  • Green Playdough
  • Colouring
April 27 - Under the Sea
  • Make a Sea Creature
  • Blue Playdough
  • Colouring
May 4 - Mother's Day
  • Make a Mother's Day craft
  • Red Playdough
  • Colouring
May 11 - Bug Day
  • Make a Bug craft
  • Blue Playdough
  • Colouring
May 18 - Victoria Day
  • Make a Crown
  • Pink and Blue Playdough
  • Colouring
May 25 - Locomotives Day
  • Make a Train Craft
  • Yellow Playdough
  • Colouring
June 1 - Plant Day
  • Grow a Plant
  • Green Playdough
  • Colouring
June 8 - Bird Day
  • Make a Bird House
  • Red Playdough
  • Colouring
June 15 - Father's Day
  • Make a Father's Day Craft
  • Blue Playdough
  • Colouring
June 29 - Water Day
  • Water Fun
  • Blue playdough
  • Colouring

Summer 2022 Dates

July 6 - Water Day
  • Water Crafts
  • Blue Playdough
  • Colouring

July 13 - Beach Day
  • Sand Crafts
  • Brown Playdough
  • Colouring
July 20 - Dinosaur Day
  • Dinosaur crafts
  • Green Playdough
  • Colouring
July 27 - Painting Day
  • Painting with different objects
  • Orange Playdough
  • Colouring

August 3 - Playdough Day
  • Playdough Crafts
  • Different coloured Playdough
  • Colouring
August 10 - Camping Day
  • Camping Crafts
  • Blue Playdough
  • Colouring
August 17 - Butterfly Day
  • Butterfly Crafts
  • Yellow Playdough
  • Colouring



Elman W. Campbell Museum Information

Elman W. Campbell Museum Information

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. 

Discover why visitors are calling the Elman W. Campbell Museum "Newmarket's hidden gem"! Drop by for a free visit to learn and explore:

  • Elsie Czernick General Store (Gift shop operated by the Friends of the Museum)
  • Various period room displays
  • Model train diorama
  • Table top activities for children including: wooden train set, wooden doll house, build a log cabin, colouring, slates with chalk,
    mini doctor office & more
  • Special displays changed throughout the year



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

Friends of the Museum

The Friends of the Museum (F.O.M.) was established in 1984 to provide volunteer and financial support to the Elman W. Campbell Museum.

The F.O.M. is a dedicated, independent group of volunteers who are engaged in a variety of fundraising and promotional activities.

Funds raised are used to purchase equipment and supplies for the Museum. 

The F.O.M. assists the Elman W. Campbell Museum through:

 

Promotion: helping to raise public awareness of the Museum and its activities.

Fundraising: staging and participating in special events to raise money for Museum purposes.

Gift Shop Operation: operating the Museum's Gift Shop.

Other opportunities: participating & leading tours, and behind-the-scenes work.


The Friends
 warmly welcome new members to join in and help with activities and fundraising events. Friends of the Museum meetings are held at 1:00 p.m., the second Thursday of the month, during January, February, April, May, September, October and November annually.     

Nominal annual membership fee required

For more information contact museum@newmarket.ca or call 905-953-5314.

FAQ's

1. What is the purpose of the Museum?

Statement of Purpose: 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.

 

2. Is this a dinosaur museum? 

No.  The exhibits trace the development of the Town from the time of the first settlers to thirty years ago.  The front area of the Museum introduces the earliest settlers, the middle room is for changing displays, and the permanent exhibits are at the far end. 

 

3. When was the Registry Office built? 

In 1884.

Background information:  It is the last 19th Century registry office in York Region.  Designed by John T. Stokes and built by Page and Harris, it has a cut stone foundation and slate roof.  It has a three-bay façade with centre door.

 

4. How long have we been in this building? 

Since 1996.

 

5. Who named the Museum?  

The Museum was named by the Council of the Town of Newmarket. 
  

6. How does the name of the Museum relate to the earliest people or settlers?  

It doesn't relate to the earliest people or settlers. Elman Campbell was a Main Street merchant from the 1930's through the 1970's.  Council named the Museum after him because of his generous support for the Museum.

 

7. How long has there been a Museum? 


 

1979 Elman Campbell had a vision for a Museum to document the history of Newmarket.  He started to gather artifacts in his garage.
July 16, 1981Upper floor of the old Fire Hall became the first home for the Museum.  It opened on June 22, 1982.
October, 1991The new Elman W. Campbell Museum opened in the former Office Specialty c. 1912 building.
1996Museum staff started moving into the former registry office building in November 1996 with a grand opening planned for May 1997.  In 1987 the building was designated an historic site under the Ontario Heritage Site.

 

8. Has the building changed in size or look since it originally opened? 

The Museum had an additional bay constructed in 1938 to resemble the original building.  In 1954 a large addition was put on the back, with a basement underneath.  This latter addition is red brick like the original section, but does not resemble it in style (the old part is Classical Revival).  The new part is boxy and modern.  The sizes of the three sections are:  original 1884 building 1,384 square feet, 1938 448 square feet, 1954 addition 3,264 feet each level.

9. When was Newmarket officially incorporated as a village? 

January 1, 1858. Newmarket separated from Whitchurch Township and became a Village in 1857.  When the first election was held, Donald Sutherland was elected and became the first Reeve. 

 

10. When did Newmarket become a Town? 

In 1880 the population was approximately 2,021.  Newmarket became a Town in 1881 and had a Mayor -William Cane, a Reeve, Deputy Reeve, and 3 Alderman from each of 3 wards (St. Andrew's, St. George's, and St. Patrick's).

 

11. What does the Town Crest represent? 

Newmarket, Heart of the Region of York. "Nine bees in a hive of activity" Each bee represents nine leading industries already established when Newmarket was officially incorporated as a village. 

 

The nine bees represent:

3 Mills

Millard Flour Mill

Sutherland Grist Mill

Gorham Woollen Mill

2 iron foundries

James Allan Iron Foundry

Sykes and Elvidge Iron Foundry

One tanneryThe original tannery was owned by a saddler named William Wallis, located on north side of Timothy Street near Cedar Street.  In 1858 it was sold to John Townley.
One chairmakerCaldwell
Two cabinetmakers

Millard, Cabinetmaker

Roadhouse, Cabinetmaker and Funeral Director

 

The old seal with five bees was used at least as late as 1924! Therefore the oak leaf motif was introduced quite late, as were the other four bees. 

12. What is that cairn behind the court house? 

Jane Porter Plaque.  The court house use to be the former site of the Industrial home.  This was a place where family members were sent if they were sick, elderly, had no money/family members etc.  Jane Porter donated $2,000 towards the erection of a wing, built in 1897.  A plaque in her honour may have been in the wing and was later placed on the cairn when the Industrial home closed.  Jane Porter died July 16, 1896.

13. When was Huron Street renamed Davis Drive? 

 In November 1946, as a token of respect to the Davis Family's various contributions to the Town.

Become a Town of Newmarket Volunteer

We are excited about this new opportunity to assist you the volunteer with registering for a number of opportunities within your community. This system will allow us to send out information to you electronically, more efficiently and in a timely manner.  This system will also assist you in tracking the number of hours, when you are scheduled and lists many other interesting features.

Please take the time to set up a profile of yourself, start by clicking on the area of interest below.  If you are interested in more than one area, please select one - set up your profile and then you can access other areas to register to volunteer.

We look forward to working with you the dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer. 

Start by clicking below and setting up your profile.  Then select the events you wish to volunteer for.

If you have any technical difficulties please email the following people for the following areas: 

NewRoads Performing Arts Centre | Old Town Hall: dthorburn@newmarket.ca 
Museum: museum@newmarket.ca

How to Support The Elman W. Campbell Museum
Purchase a Donor Leaf as a unique gift or in honour of a loved one. Bronze Leaf $100, Silver Leaf $250, Gold Leaf $500, Gold Branch $1000, Tree Trunk $2,500 and Tree Roots $5,000. Tax receipts will be issued.

Click here for a fillable version of our donation card.
Hours of Operation and Contact Information

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information

  • Address
    134 Main Street South, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y7
  • Telephone
    Phone: 905-953-5314 | Fax: 905-898-2083
  • Email
    museum@newmarket.ca

COVID-19 Update 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be program disruptions, changes and facility closures. We continue to offer alternative ways to serve the community. Learn about Newmarket's approach to reopening and for current information and resources. For any inquiries, please email info@newmarket.ca.

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