Nestled in the hills of Mulmur Township, the Museum of Dufferin (formerly the Dufferin County Museum & Archives) opened in 1994. However, the Museum’s roots date to 1963 when the Dufferin County Historical Society established the Shelburne Pioneer Museum. The Museum’s artifact collection was officially donated to the County in 1988 and relocated to the current facility by 1994.

Our facility is home to four historic buildings and features four galleries that host permanent, long-term and short-term exhibitions. For information on current exhibits, go here.

The Big Green Barn With The Red Roof

The MoD facility was purpose-built as a museum. The style of an Ontario bank barn was chosen to reflect the rural and agricultural heritage of the region. Just like a traditional barn-raising bee, the community came together to complete the project. Since opening, community donations and support have helped broaden the MoD’s collection and offerings. The MoD would not exist without the support and involvement – past and present – of many special people in and close to Dufferin County.

The MoD Experience

We pride ourselves on offering a welcoming, unique, and enriching environment for our visitors. Each year the MoD offers an eclectic variety of experiences by way of exhibitions, events, programs, and tours. Our visitors, members, donors, partners and volunteers are the heart of who we are and what we do.

Increasingly, folks travelling to and from the GTA and Georgian Bay are turning in here to check us out. It does not matter whether it is for a quick stop or the full experience – you are welcome here. You will discover a friendly community hub complete with enticing exhibits, travel information, spectacular views, a gift shop and clean washrooms. We like to think the MoD is where the city meets the country, in beautiful measure.


The MoD is equipped with an accessible door and an elevator. Most areas are of the museum are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the second floor of the 1881 Dufferin House and Crombies Train Station. Support persons are always admitted at no charge. Service animals are welcome.