Wednesday, December 13, 2017
   
About Dufferin County Museum Visit
Welcome to DCMA
Welcome to one of the finest community museums in Ontario!  The Dufferin County Museum & Archives (DCMA) is located at the intersection of Highway 89 and Airport Road in beautiful Mulmur township, close to the towns of Shelburne, Orangeville and Alliston, and a great stop along the way from Toronto to the many resorts and activities in the Georgian Bay and Muskoka regions.  With our great location comes a lot of passers-by, who we often hear say “what is that place?  What goes on there?  Is that an old or a new barn?”  We invite visitors from near and far to explore our museum, both onsite and online, and get to know us.  Check out our changing exhibits, large and interesting artifact and archival collections, our many programs and special events, and a range of new and unexpected products and services.  Come soon and come often!  We are known for offering our visitors something new to see and experience with every visit…see for yourself! 
Why Are We Here?
The DCMA has been given the important responsibility to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Dufferin county, while creating an interesting and enjoyable experience for our visitors, both onsite and online. The DCMA collects artifacts and archival material that relates to the historical development of Dufferin county.  Our collections includes thousands of archival documents and artifacts, including Canadian glass and ceramics (and our most famous collection, Corn Flower cut glassware), furniture, wagons, machinery, agricultural implements, clothing, quilts, archival documents, and photographs.
An Architectural Marvel…

 The DCMA is unique among Canadian community museums, being built in the style of an Ontario bank barn.  The facility’s striking yet familiar architecture reflects the agricultural heritage of our region and it’s history.  So - is it old or is it new?  Many people ask.  The DCMA facility was in fact designed by the talented and passionate architect Carlos Ventin of the firm The Ventin Group Ltd., and purpose-built in 1993/1994 to house the community’s new museum and archives.  Part of the design of the DCMA facility was to incorporate sufficient interior space and height to accommodate full size buildings, salvaged and restored, from Dufferin’s past.  These include a one and a half storey pioneer home from the 1850s, Orange Lodge building, and a CPR flagging station. (Click here for more information on these preserved and important structures.) In the tradition of an old-style barn-raising, where the community pitched in to help build a neighbour's barn, members of the Dufferin community have supported the DCMA's development and ongoing operation. 

The establishment of the DCMA was achieved through the financial support of the County of Dufferin, the governments of Ontario and Canada, as well as individual donors and volunteers in our community.

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