80 Caithness Street East
Canada, N3W 2G6
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Curator: Anne Unyi
Monday-Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm (year round)
Saturday: 11 am to 3 pm (Victoria Day-Labour Day)
Sunday & Statutory Holidays: Closed
$9.25 per visit
Built in 1857, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, formerly the Caledonia Town Hall and Lock-Up, was designed by noted architect John Turner.
Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre presents the history of Caledonia through educational and outreach activities and a number of permanent & temporary exhibits. Of particular note is the original 1857 jail cell and a permanent display highlighting the gypsum mining industry along the Grand River.
Local history or family genealogy may be researched in the Gillespie Clark Reference Library. The library contains books, files and documents relating to Caledonia’s rich history. The archive holds a collection of surviving editions of the Grand River Sachem from 1856 to the present day.
Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre offers the following tours for students:
- Our Town Hall
- Students will learn about the founding of Caledonia, stories of early settlement, and explore the development of the community through hands-on activities
- Grades K – 3
- Curriculum Connections: Our Community
- $3.50 per student
- In-Class Presentations
- No need for a bus! Let us come to you! Three different presentations to choose from:
- The History of Caledonia - Famous People and Places
- Black History of Haldimand County - Our Story
- Using Primary Sources for School Project
- Flat Rate for 1-1.5hr visit - $50.00
- Badge Programs
- Custom programs available. Call to tailor a program for your group
- $3.50 per participant. Leaders are free
Lots of great ways to get involved at the museum, whether you are looking to help out, have fun or learn a new skill. We are always looking for new volunteers to help with school/children's programming, special events and programs, collection management and exhibit work.
Heritage & Culture Volunteer Application
About Our Archives
The Museum houses many important documents, records and photographs of the history of Caledonia. We can help with local family records, community history and stories of local history. We have Grand River Sachem editions on microfilm going back to 1857!
For more information about Archival Research Policies and Research Contracts, please view the Genealogy Contract.