Museum

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: In accordance with current Provincial restrictions, as of Wednesday January 5, The Grimsby Museum will be closed for in-person services at least until January 26th. Some remote museum services may be offered during this time. Please stay tuned to our e-newsletter and social media for details. For questions or information please email or leave a voice message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Updates will be shared as soon as information becomes available. - Thank you for your continuous support.
About The Grimsby Museum 

The Grimsby Museum was established in 1984 to serve the community as an integral part of its cultural life. The Museum is owned and operated by the Town of Grimsby.

The Grimsby Museum features two exhibition galleries which change frequently. We host travelling exhibitions and feature local history relating to Grimsby and the Niagara Region. Our artefact collection consists of 15,000 pieces of art, objects, textiles, archives, photographs and archaeological material. We also host a variety of special events, children’s programmes and workshops. We have a gift shop and small picnic park facing the Niagara Escarpment.

There’s something for everyone at your Grimsby Museum! Stay in touch and discover something new.

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Covid-19 safety 

Strict safety protocols are in place that will not only keep everyone safe, but will also ensure your visit is enjoyable. Masks, hand sanitation upon entry, and social distancing are mandatory at this time. Other safety precautions such as: limited occupancy, reduced hours and a strict cleaning schedule are some other measures in place. The safety of our community is of utmost importance.

The Ontario Government has announced that proof of vaccination status will be required for select indoor settings beginning September 22nd. Please visit The Town of Grimsby COVID-19 information page for more information. Full details regarding proof of vaccination are available on the Ontario Government Website. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Sweat Equity - The Grimsby Homebuilding Co-operative – 1953-1956 

New Virtual Exhibition presented by the Grimsby Museum with the generous support of the Digital Museums of Canada

 

The exhibition that is presented in English and French includes audio and video interviews recorded with the builders and others, photos and documents from the Grimsby Historical Society Archives, St Francis Xavier University archives, Archives of Ontario, and the Grimsby Museum.  The exhibit is fully accessible.  

 

Sweat Equity - The Grimsby Homebuilding Co-operative – 1953-1956 

 

À la sueur de leur front – La Coopérative de construction d’habitation de Grimsby – 1953 à 1956

 

Sweat Equity - The Grimsby Homebuilding Co-operative – 1953-1956 a new virtual exhibition presented with the generous support of the Digital Museum of Canada.

A one-day anniversary celebration became a 3-month exhibit at the Grimsby Museum in 2016 and is now being launched on Digital Museums Canada. It is the story of families from Hamilton Ontario who built 80 homes in Grimsby’s north end in 1953-1956 using their own “sweat equity” and the co-operative method.  The story is included in the Community Stories section of the Digital Museum of Canada website.  It is a re-working of the 2016 exhibit with additional stories and details on the roots of the movement from Nova Scotia through Ottawa and finally to the Hamilton families who found land in Grimsby.

The exhibition was conceived by the Co-op at 60 working group that was made up of co-op children. The exhibit speaks of the community that was felt by many during the years after hammers were put down and life continued. Each family owned their own home but the co-operative effort that built the neighbourhood seems to have continued. In 2014, three co-op daughters gathered to plan a 60th anniversary celebration to honour their parents, over 100 people showed up to their first gathering to see if there was any interest.

 

Museum at home

Take Home Activity Kits:

Register Online Heritage Weaving Take-Home Activity Kits

 

Activity sheets: 

 

A selection of the Grimsby Museum's collection is available to browse online:

 

More workshops and activities to come, check back often!

 

 

 Contact us

Telephone: 905-945-5292

Email the museum 

Fax number: 905-945-0715

 Location

6 Murray St

P.O. Box 244

Grimsby, Ontario

Canada, L3M 4G5

 

We are located on the corner of Main Street West (Regional Road 81) and Murray Street. The parking lot is located on Murray Street. Parking is free.

 

The Grimsby Museum is fully accessible.

Hours of operation

Holiday Hours:

Friday December 24th (CLOSED)

Saturday December 25th (CLOSED)

Friday December 31st (CLOSED)

Saturday January 1st (CLOSED)

 

For assistance leave a voice message, 905-945-5292 or email and someone will get back to as soon as possible. 

 

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday & Friday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 

Statutory holidays:

The Grimsby Museum is closed all statutory holidays unless otherwise posted.

 

Please note that throughout the year there may be times that we are open, however our exhibitions are not open due to exhibition change over. Please contact us directly if you have any questions about what exhibitions are open today.

 

*All hours and information is subject to change without notice. 

 

 Exhibitions

Please visit our exhibition schedule page

 Admission

Admission 

  • Adult $ 4.00
  • Senior $ 3.00
  • Student $ 3.00
  • Child $ 3.00
  • Children 5 years of age and under are free
  • Grimsby Museum Members are FREE 

 Reciprocal memberships

MONA Members (Museums of Niagara Association): Free admission

OMA Members (Ontario Museum Association): Free admission

CMA Members (Canadian Museum Association): Free admission

Group tours

Please contact the Grimsby Museum in advance for group tours. Tours outside regular Museum hours will be charged for a minimum of 10 people.

Booked Tour: $4.00

Education programs

Please visit our education programs page

Museum event schedule

Please visit our events page

Research appointments

Are you looking for information on Grimsby's history? We offer access to our full collection through research requests. The Grimsby Museum's collection includes documents, letters, photographs, diaries and other material relating to families, businesses, organizations, places and events in Grimsby's history.

 

Please note appointments are mandatory for all research requests. We are not able to accept walk-ins.

 

For research appointments, please email us a description of what you are looking for and include any relevant information you have that may aid in our search, example: addresses, birth or death dates, maiden names, parent or sibling names etc. Alternatively, non email users may call us to make an appointment: 905-945-5292. Even if you call, an appointment is still required.

 

Research Fees:

* Research fees will be quoted in advance and will depend on your individual needs.

  • initial assessment: FREE for everyone
  • research appointment: $ 20.00 for non-members, FREE for Grimsby Museum Members.
  • photocopies and digital copies: starting at $1.00- $ 20.00 (depending on your needs. A quote and options can be discussed). 
  • research conducted by a Museum representative: $ 30.00/hour
  • reproducing our images in publications etc.: starting at $ 22.00 (depending on your needs. A quote and options can be discussed). 

 

How it works:

  • We conduct an initial assessment to see if we have anything within our collections relevant to your research request. There is no charge for this initial assessment.
  • (optional) If no information is found during our initial assessment than no further appointment is needed. If we do find something that is of interest to you than a formal appointment is needed. Depending on the request, appointments can be conducted in person at The Museum, by phone or by email. Each request is handled case-by-case.  There is a $ 20.00 flat rate fee for this service.
  • (Optional) If you want photocopies or digital copies than extra fees apply.
  • (Optional) depending on what you are researching, you can hire a Museum representative to conduct research for you. There is a $30.00/hour charge for this service.

 

Facility rentals

Rental fees:

  • Non-Profit: $ 15.75 per hour
  • Citizen: $ 30.50 per hour
  • Business: $ 39.00 per hour
  • After hours: $ 19.00 per hour
  • 10% discount for Grimsby Museum Members and long-term rentals

 

 

 

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