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McCrae House, Guelph

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McCrae House, located in Guelph, Ontario, is the birthplace of John McCrae (b. 1872 – d. 1918), doctor, soldier and author of the famous First World War poem "In Flanders Fields". The house is a National Historic Site of Canada.HistoryThis small limestone cottage, built in 1858, was owned by the McCrae family from 1870 to 1873. Other families occupied the house until 1966, when a group of Guelph citizens purchased the building with the intention of preserving it as a museum. This group formed the Lt. Col. John McCrae Birthplace Society and began to raise money for its restoration.The federal government through the Historic Sites and Monuments Board designated both John McCrae as a person of national significance, and the house as a place of national significance. McCrae House is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. The operation of the museum was transferred to the City of Guelph in 1983 and, along with Guelph Civic Museum, was merged under the name Guelph Museums. The Guelph Civic Museum (c. 1847) is also designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.The Colonel John McCrae Memorial, was opened on 5 October 1963, by his friend: Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave.McCrae House contains both permanent and temporary exhibition space that interprets the life and times of John McCrae. Yearly themes are offered. Summer activities include Poppy Push, Canada Day, Teddy Bear Picnic, History Camp and special teas in the garden. The gardening volunteers have worked to create an award-winning garden reflecting the time period of the mid-to-late 19th century.
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  • A wonderful tribute to the soldier and author of "In Flanders Fields" with artifacts and plenty of interesting and well detailed information. I recommend if possible that you visit the morning of Nov ...  more »
  • The house now turned into a gallery with various memorabilia of John McCrae was quite interesting to see. The poem and the story behind it and it's part in the poppy and remembrance day was educative.  more »
  • Just serendipity. We happened upon this home and museum on Remembrance Day a half hour before the 11th hour. Because of the day, admission was free and they opened the museum early. A special tribute ...  more »
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  • Well done. Worth the visit. It very informative experience.
  • Lovely little museum / historical house and memorial. Captures colonel McCrae's life and untimely death. A family of 4 admission is $15.
  • Am new in guelph and I will say this place was really touching. Is very small is not a big tour but very informative annnd you get a pass to the civic museum, that a plus
  • Lovely little cottage and so nice to see Canadian history preserved.
  • If you are looking for gifts at a fantastic price or just looking for something a little different, then I suggest you pop in and see their staff for an amazing collection!
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