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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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

Help 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.


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

Programs and Events 


EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL PROGRAMS - delivered on site at the Museum

$3.50/child

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

  • Junior & Senior Kindergarten:  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 outreach direct to you!

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS - delivered to you, off-site 

$60/group.

A great hands on interactive presentation for schools, seniors' groups, youth groups.

  • 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 December) 


Wacky Wednesdays Kids & Caregivers Button

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.

Click here to view the Wee-Fun Wednesdays Spring Schedule


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 

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 museum@newmarket.ca 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 museum@newmarket.ca 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 museum@newmarket.ca 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 museum@newmarket.ca 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 museum@newmarket.ca 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 museum@newmarket.ca 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 museum@newmarket.ca 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 museum@newmarket.ca or call 905-953-5314.