Make the Dundas Museum and Archives a destination to visit this year! Discover how the perseverance of the founders’ propelled Dundas to become the industrial capital of Southern Ontario during the industrial revolution. Explore our museum grounds to experience artifacts from the industries that thrived in Dundas. While you are at the Museum, learn more about the indigenous people who inhabited the area before colonialism. Then visit our Natural History exhibit to uncover how the escarpment created the geological formations, waterways and roads that led you here.
The Dundas Museum and Archives is a community history museum dedicated to preserving the history of the former town of Dundas. The DM+A tells stories about the industrial growth and resilience of the settler, but it also has its very own story to tell.
Built on garden lands donated by Della Pirie in 1954, this rare purpose-built museum opened to the public in 1956. In anticipation of future growth, DM+A bought The Pirie House. It was repurposed as a gallery to highlight the work of local artists and doubles as an event space. In 2013 the Pirie House and the DM+A were integrated to form the newly renovated museum. While you visit, do not forget to see the 1848 Doctors Office. The office preserves the tools and furniture used by the many doctors who occupied it over time.
Our climate-controlled facility offers an inviting space regardless of what time of year you visit. Additionally, our state-of-the-art air exchanger sterilizes the air, creating a safe environment for visitors and staff. The DM+A is wheelchair accessible.
Permanent exhibits include “Welcome to Dundas” and an interactive map in the main gallery. Located in the first gallery are the Natural History exhibit and a Community Curator exhibit. You will also find a climbing wall for children in this first gallery, the perfect way to shake the bugs out after a long drive.
When you finish touring DM+A try one of our self-led Historical Walking Tours of Dundas to explore more Historical Dundas.