Wellington Heritage Museum

Wellington Heritage Museum is located in the heart of the village of Wellington. It was built in 1885 as a Quaker Meeting House and now features exhibits on local history.

Highlights include a tribute to the Quakers or “Society of Friends” who played a notable role in the County’s early development. In addition, the Douglas A. Crawford Collection conveys the importance of the canning industry in Prince Edward County. There were over 75 different canning factories operating here between 1882 and 1996.

Wellington Heritage Museum is a bicycle friendly site.

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Wellington Heritage Museum welcomes:

If booked in advance, the museum can also provide walking tours of the village of Wellington for groups.

 

On Exhibit

County Curiosities: A Collection of Weird and Wonderful Objects - Opens May 19, 2017

You can collect a lot of stuff in 50 years, and while most of the nearly 50,000 pieces in our collection are relatively commonplace, and representative of their time in history, there are some items that fall outside the realm of ‘normal’. These are pieces that, to a modern viewer, exemplify some of the peculiarities of the County’s former residents. Take a step into Prince Edward County’s past by examining some of the most curious objects that have made their way into our collection.

 

Friends of the Museum's Heritage Garden Project

The Friends are working to transform the empty lawn behind the museum into a beautiful garden featuring heritage plantings, fully accessible walkways, bench seating, and a stage area. It will also feature a significant piece of public art, which will be the focal point of the garden, positioned prominently at its north end.

Phase one, which includes the walkways, stage area, and bench pads is already complete, and phase two, which will see the sculpture installed and plantings completed is set to begin in the spring of 2018. When complete, the Friends hope that the garden will generate further interest in the museum, and will become a cultural hub for the village. The garden will be home to musical and theatrical performances; it will be a venue for art exhibitions, classes, talks, and history-based programs; and it can also host festivals, wine tastings and food-related activities. Alongside all these opportunities for activity, the garden will also provide a place for quiet contemplation, where visitors can find a few moments of peace and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings. All of this will be available to all people, at all times, whether or not the museum is open.

Like the Friends of the Wellington Heritage Museum on Facebook, (www.facebook.com/wellingtonheritagemuseum) or e-mail friendsofwhm@gmail.com for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

Special admission rates may apply.

 

Sitting Pretty: A CHAIRity Event - June 2 from 10am (Silent Auction, followed by Live Auction in afternoon)

Hosted by the Friends of Wellington Heritage Museum, a stunning selection of artist-created chairs will be available for your bid!  Selections for both silent and live auctions.  Proceeds benefit the museum’s Heritage Garden project, which is transforming the back yard of the museum into a beautiful and contemplative space for the community.

Contact the museum for more details.

 

Location

290 Main Street, Wellington

 

Contact Us

Phone: (613) 476-2148 x2526

Off season: (613) 476-2148 x2521

Email: wellmuseum@pecounty.on.ca

Mailing address: C/O 332 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K2T0

Wellington Heritage Museum
Carousel Horse
Enjoying the Exhibit
Tours
Memoirs of the Latter Years of the Right Honourable Charles James Fox
Salute to Canneries
Cannery Crates
Cannery