Our Mission

The Elgin County Museum exists to promote Elgin County’s rich historical and agricultural heritage by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting artifacts pertaining to the history of the County of Elgin; and to provide leadership and support to County museums in the promotion of a heritage partnership.

The Elgin County Heritage Centre

460 Sunset Drive

The new Elgin County Heritage Centre is now open. It is located next to the Elgin County Administration Building.

The new Centre features a series of changing exhibitions and a permanent space called Talbot’s Castle. Here, part of Col. Talbot’s ancestral castle, Malahide, has been recreated to set the stage for the story of how he settled southwestern Ontario. Visitors will be able to see armour, furnishings and a 10 foot tall rendering of Robert the Bruce. 

2020 Exhibition Schedule

David Kilpatrick, Architect

January 18 – August 29, 2020

The 1870s was a boom-time in Elgin-St. Thomas set off by the building of two rival rail lines. Many of the surviving commercial blocks, homes and churches from that era are a testament to the prosperity of the times. Many of theses are the legacy of a young architect David Kilpatrick (1852-1902) whose brief time in the area left us with some of our finest buildings. Present-day images of his work are complemented by period photos and artifacts.

Curated by Paul Baldwin

My Story, My Tattoo

April 18 – August 22, 2020

My Story, My Tattoo features 32 photographs and stories of people and their amazing tattoos. The exhibit includes audio stations, videos and text panels. Participants represent every walk of life – everyone from a cancer survivor to teachers and their students, a firefighter and a farmer – and live throughout Wellington County. All of the individuals were open and honest, and their stories and personalities are represented through this series of thought-provoking and colourful images.

A travelling exhibit from the Wellington County Museum and Archives


September 5 – December 23, 2020

This one-of-a-kind travelling exhibition offers visitors an exciting interactive experience showcasing high points in the sport from both yesterday and today. This engaging exhibition brings the history of the sport to life through profiles of participants at both the professional and amateur levels. It is presented in a series of graphic panels using photographs and reproduction of key artifacts, memorabilia and works of art. Also included are audio archives and an audio-visual interactive where visitors can record their own running commentary of a portion of a hockey match.

A travelling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of History

General Information

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm (with Controlled Access)


  • By donation


  • Group tours
  • Evening tours are available.
  • We require 3 weeks notice. Call to check availability
  • Cost of tours is by donation.

Room Rental

  • Our meeting room is available for groups up to 25.
  • The room is audio visually equipped
  • Cost is $25.00, includes a tour of the museum.
  • 3 weeks notice required.


Elgin County Heritage Centre
460 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, ON N5R 5V1
phone: (519) 631-1460 ext.193
fax: (519) 631-9209