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Grey Roots Museum & Archives

Tourism Region: Grey County

Grey Roots combines Grey County's Museum, Archives and Tourism Services all in one convenient location just south of Owen Sound! We provide extensive public, interpretive, and educational programming to encourage heritage-oriented learning. Grey Roots aims to tell the rich stories of Grey County, and to bring the world to our doorstep!



102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4
Owen Sound, Ontario
N4K 5N6

Telephone: (519) 376-3690 or Toll free: (877) GREY ROOTS (473-9766)
Fax: (519) 376-4654

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Open: Winter Hours: Beginning after Thanksgiving Day Weekend
Monday to Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Summer Hours: Beginning Victoria Day Weekend
Open Seven Days A Week
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Adult $6
Child (13 & under) $3.50
Senior (65 & up) $5.00
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) $18
Three-Day Research Pass $15

Discounts: Groups • Seniors

About Collections

The artefact collection at Grey Roots Museum & Archives traces the social, agricultural, economic, and cultural history of Grey County from the mid-19th century to the present. Major holdings include 19th & 20th century textiles, agricultural equipment, and household furnishings. The collection is exhibited throughout the main building and the seven historic buildings on site.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 30 000


The archival holdings at Grey Roots are an extensive assemblage of municipal and private collections covering the history of Grey County.

Cartographic Materials • Prints and Drawings • Microforms • Films and Videos • Photographs • Sound Recordings • Textual Records

Decorative Arts

Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery • Costumes • Furniture or Furnishings • Glass • Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork • Musical Instruments • Textiles or Tapestries

Fine Arts

Canadian • Aboriginal or First Nations



Folk Art • War Art

Human History

The collection reflects the diverse experiences of Grey County people in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Agriculture • Archaeological Objects • Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices • Communications Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Exploration and Survey • Forestry • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Industrial Technology and History • Local History • Marine History and Technology • Medical History and Technology • Military History and Technology • Musical Instruments • Printing and Bookbinding • Sports Equipment • Toys and Games • Transportation : Marine : Motorized ground : Non-motorized ground : Railway • Weapons

Services & Activities

Grey Roots offers a rich variety of services for the visitors, researchers, groups, historians, and anyone else interested in Grey County's cultural and social heritage.

Research Services

Our patrons will be able to see evidence of our archival collections either in the research behind our exhibits and promotional material or as researchers themselves in the Millie Hubbert Memorial Reading Room.

Archival Records • Conservation or Restoration • Films • Genealogical Research • Information Centre • Library

Educational Programs

There are three types of educational programming at Grey Roots: School Programming, Children's Programming, and Public Programming. Each area includes exciting challenges and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages!

Classes or Workshops • Demonstrations • Family Programs • Films • Lectures • School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)

Visitor Services

Self-guided visits of the museum, archival services and tourism information are all available to visitors. Guided Interpretive tours and educational programs are available with a reservation.

Bilingual Services • Films and Videos • Guided Tours : English : French • Children's Activities or Services : Nursing area or Change Table • Information Centre or Desk • Meeting Room Rental • Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Washrooms : Wheelchairs available : Wheelchair access • Cloakroom • Washrooms

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 70

Activities: Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks in the museum, archives and visitor services areas, including working with visitors, conducting research, and offering administrative support.

Member Privileges

Invitations to exhibit openings
Renewal one year from date of purchase
Free regular admission (up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18 for family memberships)
Quarterly newsletter
Discounts for Grey Roots gift shop and Grey Roots programming
Christmas card annually with images from the collection
Discounts on facility rentals

Food Services

The European Bakery cafe offers light lunches and desserts to refresh visitors during their Grey Roots experience during weekdays only from 11am to 2pm. Pop machine for cold beverages.

Snack Bar or Vending Machines • Picnic Area • Catering Services
Other: Catering service available for meetings and groups.

Internet Services

CollectionsEventsVirtual ExhibitionsSchool Visits or ProgramsChildrenDirections or MapOnline Giftshop or BookstoreOther Internet Services

Local Tourism Links

Local AttractionsHotelsRestaurantsShoppingOther Services

Publications & Products

Grey Roots offers publications such as brochures and guidebooks to support the exhibits and programs offered on-site.

Books • Brochures • Museum Guide • Newsletters • Postcards • Posters • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps