Thursday, May 24, 2018
Winter 2018 Renovation & Closure Informatiom

UPDATE:  MAY 18, 2018

The Museum will be opening to the public on Wednesday August 1st with free admission until Sunday August 5th. After being closed since December 2017, we have renovated the entrance and the mezzanine floor. Many surprises await! Refer to this site often to get updates as we get ready to announce our new exhibits and programming.

It is the time of year to announce the Holiday Treasures Call For Entry. Please click on the logo below to access information on the 2018 show and for the application and contact information.

UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2018


Details currently underway:

-Artifacts from the "Corn Flower" gallery and main gallery have been carefully stored by staff, and our friends from Endeman's Ironcraft removed the largest artifacts (20 foot signs!) and expertly covered all of the historic buildings inside.

-Painters have been onsite.

-Framing and drywall has begun.

-Lighting design is underway.

-Interactives are being tested.

-A reminder that we are closed to the public, but staff are onsite 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) and available by phone or email.


For almost 20 years now, the Dufferin County Museum & Archives (DCMA) has been steadily expanding its collection of W. J. Hughes “Corn Flower” glassware.

“Corn Flower” glass is a Canadian business success story, with its roots right here in Dufferin County.  With over 2000 pieces now in the Museum’s collection, including many rare items covering a range of style periods, the DCMA holds the largest public collection of this glassware in the world.  The DCMA has truly become… the home of “Corn Flower”!    

In 1881, William John “Jack” Hughes was born in Amaranth Township in Dufferin County, the same year Dufferin County was incorporated. With very little formal education, Jack’s ambition, his knack for business, and his sheer determination to build a better life for himself and his family yielded him great success. As founder and operator of W. J. Hughes & Sons “Corn Flower” Limited, Jack ran his business for several decades, the business was then carried on by his son-in-law, Pete Kayser.

Today, “Corn Flower” is collected by glass enthusiasts across North America. In light of the significance of the “Corn Flower” product and its legacy to Canada and to the local community, it has been the DCMA’s goal for several years to create a permanent exhibit to properly showcase the Museum’s collection, and to tell the story and legacy of the W. J. Hughes “Corn Flower” Company. 

In early 2017, the DCMA was successful in its application to the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, and received a grant of $150,000 towards this important project. An estimated $450,000 project overall, the DCMA is currently raising funds and receiving donations to meet our target of completing the project at no expense to the taxpayers. The new gallery space will incorporate interactive elements and technology, and feature state of the art lighting and cabinetry.  The “Corn Flower” Glass Gallery will offer something for everyone: enthusiasts and collectors, researchers, members of our own community, as well as the general public and visitors to our region.


Notice of Public Closure:

As of December 18th, 2017 the Dufferin County Museum & Archives will be closed to the public as we begin renovations for the “Corn Flower” Glass Gallery. All staff will be available by phone and email, Monday to Friday (10am to 5pm). Due to construction and the preparations required for this exciting change, onsite meetings and drop-ins from the public are not possible for safety reasons, please call ahead to make other arrangements. The DCMA is expected to reopen late Spring/early Summer 2018.

Stay connected! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as the construction phase progresses:

Come See Us Out in the Community:

With the DCMA facility closed to the public during construction, we will be out in the community at a number of events and locations to deliver our unique mix of programs, services, and the hospitality we’re known for!  Be sure to visit us here on our website ( and on social media to find out where we’ll be in the Dufferin community.

Service Disruptions and Alternate Locations (December 18, 2017 to Spring/Summer 2018): 

DCMA Membership: If you are a DCMA member and wish to renew, or become a member of the DCMA or have any questions about our membership program, please contact Pam Woolner (Reception Services Coordinator). DCMA members will be updated regularly on the progress of the renovation.

Corbetton Church Rentals: Patrons are welcome to contact Pamela Woolner (Reception Services Coordinator) at any time to book the Corbetton Church for an event. However, due to the ongoing renovations the Corbetton Church will be unavailable for rentals between January 2018 and June 2018.

Tours: Patrons are welcome to contact Pamela Woolner (Reception Services Coordinator) at any time to book a group tour of the DCMA. However, due to the ongoing renovations we will not be providing tours between January 2018 and June 2018.

CAP Passes: Cultural Access Passes (CAP) will be temporarily unavailable at the DCMA. To find the next closest available CAP Pass card pick-up location visit 

Gift Shop: The DCMA’s gift shop will be temporarily closed during the renovation.

Volunteering: Our volunteers are taking a holiday during the renovation. If you are interested in volunteering with the Museum upon our reopening, please contact Pamela Woolner (Reception Services Coordinator).

Deliveries: During the renovations any deliveries to the DCMA should be directed to the loading dock door, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Garbage Bag Tags: Garbage tags are not available for purchase at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives during closure. You can purchase bag tags at the Mulmur Township Office located at 758070, 2nd Line East, Mulmur, ON (705-466-3341). For the complete list of Dufferin County locations that sell garbage bag tags visit:

Hunting Permits (Dufferin County Forest): During this period you will not be able to obtain a hunting permit in person at the Museum. To obtain a permit you must call 519-941-1114 ext. 4011 Toll free: 1-877-941-7787 with your credit card information, or you can mail a cheque.  Please make the cheque payable to: The County of Dufferin  Mail to: Dufferin County Museum & Archives, 936029 Airport Road, Mulmur, ON, L9V 0L3  All permits will be mailed out via Canada Post – please ensure you leave enough lead time to get your permit before you plan to go hunting. During this period, we will be waiving the $2 mailing fee for permits. Caroline Mach (County Forest Manager) is available to answer any inquiries and requests for permits.

Staff Contact Information: (Phone: 519-941-1114 / Toll-free: 1-877-941-7787)

Darrell Keenie, General Manager: • ext. 4010

Sarah Robinson, Curator: • ext. 4019

Laura Camilleri, Archivist: • ext. 4014

Vanessa Lio, Archives Assistant: • ext. 4017

Nanci Malek, Marketing & Events Coordinator: • ext. 4015

Pam Woolner, Reception Services Coordinator: • ext. 4018

Julie McNevin, Education Programmer: • ext. 4013

Caitlin Hudson-Dubsky, Curatorial Assistant: • ext. 4012

Trevor Olive, Maintenance: • ext. 4016

Caroline Mach, Forest Manager: • ext. 4011

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