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.

Le musée du patrimoine de Wellington se situe dans le centre du village de Wellington. Bâti en 1885, il fut un centre de rencontre quakerien avant d’être un musée présentant des expositions sur l’histoire locale.

L’un des points les plus marquants concerne l’hommage rendu aux Quakers ou à la « Société des amis », qui ont joué un rôle important dans le développement initial du comté. De plus, la collection Douglas A. Crawford souligne l’importance de l’industrie de la conserve dans le comté de Prince Edward. Entre 1882 et 1996, plus de 75 usines de conserve ont été exploitées.

Le musée du patrimoine de Wellington est un site accessible à vélo.

Aucun service bilingue n’est offert sur ce site. Cependant, une visite sans guide est proposée en français.


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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.

Wellington Water Week - August 25-31

Celebrate World Water Week in Wellington! There will be a wide range of programming available, including concerts, film screenings and theatrical performances, and museum will host a photo exhibit dedicated to the work of Marsden Kemp. Check out Wellington Water Week's website for more information.


Art. Music. Nature: Museum Children's Concert. An Immersive event for Children - August 28 at 10:30am

An event to immerse young audience members in the wonders of art as they make their own original creations in the beautifully re-imagined garden behind the Wellington Heritage Museum.

This is truly a remarkable opportunity to hear renowned musicians live and up-close! Dionysus Grammerios (clarinet); Elissa Lee (violin), Angela Park (piano), Sharon Wei (viola); and Darren Sigesmund (trombone) will play a mixed programme of chamber music and solo pieces to awaken the audience to the range of possibilities inherent in each instrument and to inspire them to create their own work of art, continuing with the week’s Water theme.

Tickets available here 




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
Memoirs of the Latter Years of the Right Honourable Charles James Fox
Salute to Canneries
Cannery Crates