Elman W. Campbell Museum


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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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. 

​Location: 134 Main Street South, Newmarket, ON

For more information call 905-953-5314 or email: elmanmuseum@rogers.com  ​

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


Scout Display 

On display the Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Ave.).  For hours click here.

Attention all Scouts!  Scouting is commemorated with our annual display.  The Scouting movement was started by Lord Baden-Powell over 100 years ago. Please ask about our Wolf Cub and Scout programmes to complement your visit.

Dates: February to mid to March, 2018


Passage to Freedom 

On display at the Old Town Hall (460 Botsford St.). 

The Elman W. Campbell Museum presents "Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad". The exhibit explores slavery, the Underground Railroad, a secret network that assisted fugitive slaves escape to freedom in Canada, and the challenges escaped slaves faced once in Canada. For more information click here

Free admission. The Old Town Hall is wheelchair accessible. 

Dates: February 7 to 27, 2018

Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad Speakers' Event  

In recognition of Black History Month please join us for a special evening with guests Channon Oyeniran, Vice President of Ontario Black History Society and Fred Robbins, Stouffville Historian and special guest Melissa Barwell King, Great-great granddaughter of John Henry Shepherd.

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street


The Changing Face of Main Street 

Newmarket's Main Street is constantly evolving.  Explore the changes that have occurred over the last 150 years through photographs and maps.  Presented in partnership with the Newmarket Historical Society and Heritage Newmarket.

Dates: February to May, 2018


Family Day Fun, Toyland at the Museum  

On February 19, have Family Day fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum. See our model train, Nursery Rhyme and Fairy Tale displays. Bring in a toy animal from home and have fun in our pretend toy animal grooming salon! Have your picture taken at our pioneer board and go on a Museum scavenger hunt! Suitable for ages 4-10. $3/participant with donation of non-perishable food item for the Newmarket Food Pantry. 

Date: Monday, February 19, 2018

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Tuesday, March 13, Paint an Object Day $5.50 per person

Wednesday March 14, Snowflake Party $5.50 per person, Pre-registration required.

Thursday March 15 to Friday March 16, Free games and activities!

Suitable for ages 5+, pre-registration required

Dates: March 13 to 17

Times: Drop in 12 to 3 p.m. 

Ages: Suitable for ages 5-10.

Eggceptional Easter Fun 

Drop in to the Elman W. Campbell Museum for an eggciting afternoon! Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy Easter displays, activities, egg decorating and light refreshments! Don't forget to bring your camera!  Suitable for ages 4-10. Pre-registration required

Date: March 31, 2018

Time: 1:30-3 p.m.

Cost: $5/participant

Family Astronomy Night 

Coming in Spring! Watch the Town Page in the Era and Newmarket.ca/museum.  Presented in partnership with the York-Simcoe Amateur Astronomers.

Victorian Mother's Day Tea

Bring your Mother and enjoy an old-fashioned afternoon in a historical setting! Presented by the Friends of the Museum. Includes a variety of teas, old-fashioned sandwiches and sweets served on vintage china.  Please note: Tickets must be purchased in advance at https://newmarket.snapd.com.  Suitable for ages 12+.

Date: Saturday, May 12

Two Sittings:  1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $15/person


Create a Victorian Costume 

Learn about historic fabrics and see examples from Museum collections. Discover heritage patterns, find out how to source fabrics, how to put together materials from the thrift shop and pattern availability.  Consult with an experienced re-enactment seamstress on how to use the patterns to create your own Victorian costume.  Suitable for men and women 18+.

Date: May 19 and 26

Cost: $100/participant, 2-day course.

Canada Day Open House 

Join us at the Elman W. Campbell Museum for our Canada Day Open House. Special displays, demonstrations and lots to do in the downtown core.Free admission. 

Date: Sunday, July 1

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quilts Old and New 

An exhibit of quilts by members of the Quilt Guild and from the museum's collection. See quilting demonstrations and learn more about quilting from the experts.

Dates: September to December

Rebel Heartland 

A re-enactment of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion, in which Newmarket played a vital role.  The ARCH Committee, comprised of the Newmarket Historical Society, Heritage Newmarket, and the Elman W. Campbell Museum, will present a re-enactment and encampment at Fairy Lake park on September 22 and 23, 2018.  The event will involve an encampment of military re-enactors, sutlers, vendors, and craftspeople.  On Saturday, the rebels will recruit followers at the Farmers Market and on Main Street to hear William Lyon Mackenzie's speech encouraging armed rebellion against the colonial government.  This will be followed by a march down Main Street, to be met by the militia and dispersed.  In the afternoon, the rebels will encounter the militia at Montgomery's Tavern in Fairy Lake Park and a battle will follow.  Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews will attempt to flee but will be apprehended and turned over to the Lieutenant-Governor, who will order their execution.  The "hanging" will take place in front of the Old Town Hall.  On Sunday, social life in the colony will be represented by demonstrations, a church service, a boxed lunch social, and a dance.

Dates: September 22 and 23 

Culture Days Open House 

Join us on Saturday, September 29 for our Culture Days open house.  New exhibit: Quilts Old and New. Try a museum history hunt and go on a self-guided tour of historic Main Street. Free admission. For more information, please call (905) 953-5314 or email: elmanmuseum@rogers.com. The Museum is located at 134 Main Street South, Newmarket.

Date: Saturday, September 29

Time: 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m.


Spooktacular Hallowe'en Party 

Join us for a howling good time with games, craft, costume parade and a spooky story. Suitable for ages 4-10. Pre-registration required. 

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5.50 admission/child

Gallery of Festive Trees 2018

November 17 – December 29

The Elman W. Campbell Museum presents a Gallery of Festive Trees to celebrate the holiday season.  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!  Opens the day of the Newmarket Santa Claus Parade!  

Cost: Free admission.


Christmas Gift Shop Sale Fundraiser at the Musuem 

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping.  Find unique gifts, antiques, glassware, Christmas decorations, home décor and much more all on sale at the Elman W. Campbell Museum. Cash only please. Presented by the Friends of the Museum.  All proceeds benefit the museum. 

Date: Saturday, November 17

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



You're invited to jingle all the way to the Elman Campbell Museum. Enjoy an afternoon of hot cocoa, cookies and photo opportunity with Santa. Presented by the Friends of the Museum. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Cost: Free admission with donation to the Newmarket Food Pantry.