Elman W. Campbell Museum

Contacts

Municipal Office

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

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Welcome to the Elman W. Campbell Museum, click the buttons below for more information. Stay up to date on our Heritage programs and activities, click the Activity Guide button for details. 

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Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Galleries will be closed on Wednesday mornings for pre-school programming
  • The Museum is closed for a temporary, scheduled service disruption on Friday February 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Jean Ede Programming Gallery will be closed for drop-ins on the following dates and times for scheduled children’s Saturday Workshop programs:

  • Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m

Elman W. Campbell Museum Information

The Elman W. Campbell Museum acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional territories of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples and the treaty land of the Williams Treaties First Nations.

The Elman W. Campbell Museum relocated to the former North York Registry Office in 1996.   The building is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and is the last remaining 19th-century registry office from York County.  Built in the formal Classical Revival style in 1884, the structure was designed to be fire-proof. It features two-foot-thick brick walls, a cut stone foundation and a slate roof.  It is unique in having transverse vaults rather than a vault extending the length of the building.  The museum is located on Main Street in historic downtown Newmarket.

Drop by for a free visit to learn and explore:

  • New exhibit 2023, 'Love Local, Love Main Street.'
  • Indigenous Display
  • Log Cabin room setting
  • Special displays throughout the year
  • Model train diorama
  • Gift shop operated by the Friends of the Museum
  • Tabletop activities for children including wooden train set, wooden doll house, build a log cabin, slates with chalk and more
Elman W. Campbell was a Main Street merchant from the 1930s through the 1970s.  Council named the Museum after him because of his generous support for the Museum.

The Museum's mandate is to provide insight into the First Peoples of the area and the experiences of Newmarket's early settlers, brought to life through historical objects during the early 1800s up to 30 years before present.


Contact Information

  • Address
    134 Main Street South, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y7
  • Telephone
    Phone: 905-953-5314 | Fax: 905-898-2083
  • Email
    [email protected]
The Elman W. Campbell Museum is wheelchair accessible. 

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 [email protected] or call 905-953-5314.

Donating an Artifact
The value of an object is increased when more is known about it. Is there a Newmarket connection? Who made it? How was it used? How did it come to be in your possession? What are the dimensions? The answers to these types of questions are important in our decisions to accept objects. We also look at the condition of the object and whether or not we already have similar artifacts. Please understand that we cannot accept all offers.

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: 


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.


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Let's get building!

Calling all Lego builders in York Region for a Newmarket Heritage Building Lego Competition!  Join the Elman W. Campbell Museum in celebration of Newmarket’s Heritage Buildings by submitting your Lego Newmarket Heritage Building model for May is Museum Month for a chance to win up too $100 in a cash prize!

Visit newmarket.ca/heritage to discover Newmarket’s heritage buildings and get inspired

Categories

  • Ages 12 and under
  • Ages 13+

Prizes

  • Cash prize of $100 for the top entry in each category and $50 for each second-place entry.

How to Submit

  • Must depict a Newmarket Heritage Building
  • No larger than 60 cm by 60 cm, minmum height of 15.25 cm to max 90 cm tall 
  • Submissions must be received by May 4, 2024, between 1 to 4 p.m at the Elman W. Campbell Museum.

Judging

  • Submissions will be judged on technical merit and attention to detail.
  • First place winner will be judged by a staff jury.
  • For the second-place winners, members of the public are invited to vote for a People’s Choice Award from May 6 until May 11, 10-Noon and 1-4pm 2024, at the Elman W. Campbell Museum.

Winners

Winners will be announced during May is Museum Month at a Museum Open House on Tuesday May 21, from 1 to 3p.m. Entry models to be picked up between May 25 and May 30.