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:
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.
The Elman W. Campbell Museum is wheelchair accessible.
Wee Fun Wednesdays: Toddlers & Caregivers
Wednesday, February 12 to June 17, 2020 (NA March 18) | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ages 1 to 4 with an adult | Cost: $3 cash/child
- Lots of hands-on playtime at table top stations
- Go on a self-guided tour of the Museum
- Make new friends!
Enhance your child's winter and spring 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 and crafts each week.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 905-953-5314.
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).
EGGCEPTIONAL EASTER FUN
Saturday, April 11, 2020 |1 to 3 p.m. | Suitable for ages 4 to 10 |Caregiver supervision required | $3/child
Hop in for an eggciting afternoon of egg decorating, crafts and to meet the Easter Bunny! Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-953-5314
MAY IS MUSEUM MONTH
1. SELFIE TOUR
Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 1 to 3 p.m. | Refreshments |Selfie Props & Costumes provided Suitable for ages 12 plus |$10/ person
If you love taking selfies, this social media friendly event is for you! For one special afternoon go behind the ropes of our displays, step up onto display platforms, and carefully sit on antique furniture - while posing for selfie snaps! Take advantage of this fun opportunity to snap yourself back in time to early Newmarket. Tickets will be available at snapd Newmarket closer to the event.
2. DAYS OF VICTORY: VE – Day Commemoration
May 8, 2020 | 1 – 3 p.m. | All Ages | FREE
May 8, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the unconditional surrender of Germany to the Allied Forces in 1945 ending World War II in Europe. VE Day marked a major milestone for the Allies but did not end the war. On this day 75 years ago, an exhausted war nation expressed elation and relief at the news and celebrated with joyful street parties. Join us for an outdoor party as we too, celebrate the anniversary of what was the beginning of peace in Europe. (Indoors if inclement weather)
Activities will include:
3. QUEEN VICTORIA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 1 to 3 p.m.| Suitable for all ages | Caregiver supervision required| FREE
Celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday and enjoy scrapbooking, crafts and a slice of cake. Free admission (monetary donations accepted) Pre-register at email@example.com or call 905-953-5314
4. BREAKFAST BRING & BRAG
Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Continental Breakfast | $5/person | Register in Advance
A warm invitation to those with historical stories, fond memories, photos and family treasures 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. Register early (limited space) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-953-5314
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CELEBRATION
June is National Indigenous History Month | Suitable for all ages| Caregiver supervision required | FREE
Throughout the month drop in to see our collection of Indigenous artifacts, Metis reproduction artifacts and Inuit Sculptures. On Saturday, June 20, 1 to 3 p.m. enjoy crafts, traditional food and refreshments. Free admission (monetary donations accepted). Pre-register at email@example.com or call 905-953-5314
CANADA DAY OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Suitable for all ages | Caregiver supervision required | FREE
Celebrate Canada Day with free indoor/outdoor activities, interactive tabletop activities and our special display "Grandma's Attic". Free admission (monetary donations accepted).
WACKY WEDNESDAY KIDS & CAREGIVERS
Wednesday July 8 to August 19, 2020 | Elman W. Campbell Museum |134 Main Street South
Ages 4 to 10 with an adult | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | $3 cash/child
Enhance your child's summer with unique learning-through-play opportunities. Drop in Wednesday afternoon Join us as we stimulate your child's imagination, communication and cooperation skills in a fun environment through different themes each week.
FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER
Saturday, August 15, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | rain or shine | Cash only
Are you looking for antiques, items to upcycle, bargains, or a one–of-a-kind unique find? This is the place! Hosted by the Friends of the Museum.
All proceeds benefit the Museum.
CULTURE DAYS OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, September 26, 2020 |10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Suitable for all ages | Caregiver supervision required | FREE
Try a museum history hunt, explore exhibits, enjoy crafts, games and interactive activities. Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-953-5314.
HALLOWEEN FUN AT THE MUSEUM
Saturday, October 31, 2020 |1 to 3 p.m. | Suitable for ages 4 to 10 | Caregiver supervision required | $3/child cash
Join us for a howling good time! Fun activities include Halloween crafts, pumpkin hunts, scavenger hunts with prizes, candy guess, tabletop activities, light refreshments and loot bags. Costumes are encouraged. Pre-register at email@example.com or call 905-953-5314.
GALLERY OF FESTIVE HERITAGE TREES
November 21 to December 19, 2020 | Tuesday to Saturday| 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. | FREE | Suitable for all ages | Caregiver supervision required 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! Enjoy making a tree ornament too. Opens the day of the Newmarket Santa Claus Parade! Free admission (monetary donations accepted).
HOLIDAY SALE FUNDRAISER AT THE MUSEUM
Saturday November 21, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Cash sales only
Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Find unique gifts, antiques, glassware, holiday decorations, home décor and much more at this annual sale. Presented by the Friends of the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Museum.
COCOA AND COOKIES WITH SANTA
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 1 to 3 p.m. | Suitable for all ages |Caregiver supervision required
Jingle all the way to the Elman W. Campbell Museum! You're invited to enjoy an afternoon of hot cocoa, cookies and a photo opportunity with Santa. Free admission with donation to the Newmarket Food Pantry Presented by the Friends of the Museum. Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-953-5314.
HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 1 to 3 p.m. | Suitable for ages 4 to 10 | Caregiver supervision required| $5/child cash
Get into the festive spirit and have fun making an assortment of festive crafts. Play with old fashioned toys and see our Gallery of Festive Heritage Trees.
Pre-register at email@example.com or call 905-953-5314.