About Us

Welcome to the Dundas Museum & Archives

About Us PageFrom the beginning, the Dundas Museum & Archives has brought people together. Today, we are your award-winning community museum with a regional reach.

Our collections, exhibits, and events showcase how Canadian history and geography has unfolded in our unique Dundas Valley. As a place to gather, learn, and discover, we invite visitors of all ages to experience these stories and help keep them alive.

At the Dundas Museum & Archives, you’ll always find fascinating facts accompanied by a warm welcome. Our high standards in heritage education and preservation are maintained by our dedicated team of museum and archives professionals as well as a diverse group of volunteers.

As a privately funded non-profit corporation, we are grateful for additional support from the community.

Our Collections

The Dundas Museum & Archives houses more than 16,000 artifacts and over 30 metres of documents, spanning the entire history of the Dundas Valley – from 150 million year old calcite crystals, to digital photos taken for Dundas Hockeyville 2010! These valuable resources can tell us the stories of how we used to live and who we have become over time.

Our extensive collection of vintage everyday objects – from tools to toys, and from furniture to fashion – tells us about the vanished ways of life. We are also the stewards of one of Ontario’s best collections of early First Nations artifacts related to the Neutral People of the Valley. Some of our other collection strengths include both the decorative, and fine arts.

Our rich archival collections [Discover the Archives] includes historical records such as letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers, maps, and account books. These documents give us a firsthand glimpse of the activities and thoughts of people from the last two centuries.

Together, our collections form an important source of understanding about the social, political, architectural and economic history of our region.

Our Facilities

The Atrium is our light-filled entrance hall with architectural features, recalling the ecological setting and industrial past of Dundas.

Gallery 1 features First Nations artifacts and natural history educational exhibits, including child-friendly touchable displays like our escarpment climbing wall, 3-D topographical map, and longhouse interior.

Gallery 2 features the exhibit “Cradled in the Valley”, a history of Dundas which focuses on the people, places, and businesses that make us who we are today.

Gallery 3 is our Feature Gallery – a versatile space for our scheduled rotating exhibits – you can look for something new every three to four months.

The C.E. (Clare) Crozier Reference Room is an inviting space where you can browse our collection of books and other research resources as well as work with archival materials.

Our Education Centre is a spacious gathering place that combines the warmth of Victorian architecture with a state-of-the-art audiovisual system.

Our Volunteer Workroom and Collection Storage rooms are where exhibits are built and our collections are appraised, preserved, interpreted and stored.

The c.1848 Doctor’s Office, moved from King Street in 1974, is an rare example of the vernacular gothic revival style and has been restored to showcase the medical traditions of the Victorian period.

November 2013 Grand Re-Opening

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dundas Historical Society Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret objects which demonstrate the founding, settlement, diversity and development of Dundas, for the education and enjoyment of our generation, and those of the future.

Vision Statement

The Dundas Historical Society Museum will be a respected, visitor-focused centre for the study, interpretation and celebration of the history of Dundas. This will be accomplished through commitment to excellence, accessibility to the collections, engaging educational opportunities and effective communication, supported by well qualified staff and volunteers as well as sound financial management.

Values Statement

The Dundas Historical Society Museum is guided by, and committed to four key values:

  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Accessibility
  • Education