Exhibits & Art Shows

True. Grit.  – Main Gallery

Runs until December 2019

We look to the past; to the pioneers, the originals, to understand where our community began. This display of artifacts, archival materials and modern photography compares and contrasts the pioneers and the present-day people who have made important contributions to Dufferin County. New this year! We have 15 hands-on/minds-on activities throughout the True. Grit. Exhibit. Check out local hockey history and play a game of rod hockey. Explore the work of local artists with our texture board or try some weaving. You could even learn to draw a Pegasus or sit in a 100-year old school desk to test your spelling on a slate. What else will you discover?

Temperance & Temptation Exhibit – Main Gallery

Runs until August 2020

What’s Brewin’ in Dufferin County? Between the mid-1800s and early 1900s, much debate surrounded the consumption of alcohol in Canada. The Temperance & Temptation exhibit is a journey through the prohibition era in Dufferin County. Come discover the bootleggers hidden still in Mud Lake or pull up a bench at the historic Hotel Alexandra. Bus or self-guided tours available at www.temperanceandtemptation.ca

Please Draw on the Walls – Silo Gallery

Sunday, July 28 until October 20, 2019

Our Silo Gallery will be covered in paper from top to bottom for you to unleash your inner artist! Gather inspiration from highlights of the MoD’s Local Art Collection. Or simply look outside our windows and be inspired one of the best views of Mulmur Township’s beautiful, rolling hills!  Will you draw your family, a self-portrait, your favourite food or your best friend? While we don’t encourage you to draw on the walls at home, you can get away with it here!

The Dwelling Museum – Main Gallery

Runs until November 3, 2019

The Dwelling Museum exhibition houses a collection of objects and conversations that tell the story of “making a home” from the perspective of newcomers to Canada. In light of anti-immigrant sentiment creeping into mainstream conversations, the project makes visible another side of the argument – our memories, hopes and dreams. Participants in this community project sculpted their immigration stories into clay and glass. The display also includes objects reflecting the making practices of the participants – crochet, cardboard and architectural design. The Dwelling Museum has two parts: the Dufferin and Simcoe County Section holds the stories of newcomers from Syria, South Korea, and Jamaica. This part of the project was made possible with a grant from the Reed T. Cooper Bursary, Dufferin Arts Council. The Markham Section displays the stories of Grade 6 and Grade 7 students from Randall Public School, who represent various parts of the world.

100th Anniversary of the Canadian Federation of University Women

Main Gallery

Sunday, September 23 until October 20, 2019

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has worked continually to improve the status of women while promoting human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. In 1975, an “Orangeville and District” chapter was founded by eight trail-blazing, local women. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CFUW, the Museum of Dufferin will host a pop-up exhibit exploring the many contributions made by the Club and its members to the Dufferin community.

Lawless in Dufferin – Silo Gallery and Online Exhibition

Friday November 1 until December 15, 2019

Although Dufferin County wasn’t the wild west, there have been plenty of moments of lawlessness here. Some seem the stuff of legends. The suspicious activities of some disobedient or unruly citizens and passers-by disrupted quiet rural living and powered up the gossip mill. This exhibit will explore the tales of the wild, odd and mysterious goings-on through old newspaper reports, diaries, and here say. Did these things really happen in our little county, or is it the stuff myths are made of?