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 will feature 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. 

2018 Exhibition Schedule

January 25 – April 28, 2018

Once Upon a Time

This exhibition from the Bruce County Museum allows you to experience Europe in Medieval times:  handle tools of the period, do a brass rubbing of a famous knight and try on chain mail; get your photo in the pillory.

May 12 – August 31

The Scots in Elgin County

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival in Elgin County of emigrants from the Scottish Highlands, mainly Argyllshire. Descendants of these settlers can still be found in parts of the County and have loaned artifacts brought by their forbearers to Canada including trunks, books, portraits and original letters.

September 1, 2018 – April 18, 2019

Baseball and Brass Bands

Small town life had much to offer in 19th century rural Ontario. Every community had a hall, a store and a school; many had a ball team and a brass band. The exhibit features images, instruments and equipment from the era.

General Information

Hours of Operation:

The Elgin County Heritage Centre is now open!
Our hours are:
Tuesday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm
 Friday & Saturday 10 am – 4 pm


  • 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