McCrae House

McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae (1872-1918), doctor, soldier and author of “In Flanders Fields”, the poem that captured the sentiments of World War I and is still recited today, almost 100 years later.

McCrae monument

Section of McCrae monument

McCrae House is owned and operated by the City of Guelph and in conjunction with Guelph Civic Museum. A joint admission ticket is available for both museums.

McCrae House  is located at:
 108 Water Street
Guelph, ON  NIG 1A6
(direct phone line 519-836-1482 – answered during gallery hours only)



Hours McCrae House from September 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Sunday – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tuesday to Friday – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Monday – CLOSED

Saturday – CLOSED

McCrae House will be open on Saturday, November 8th & Monday, November 10 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

McCrae House will be open extended hours on Remembrance Day on Tuesday, November 11 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admisson is by donation on Remembrance Day.

McCrae House will close for renovations on November 30, 2014 and will reopen in the spring 2015. For information on the McCrae House renovation project, please contact Tammy Adkin, Manager, Guelph Museums – 519-836-1221 ext. 2775 /


$4.00 Adults
$3.00 Seniors (65+), Students (15 years old to College/University), Children (2 to 14 years old)
$10.00 Families (2 Adults & 3 Children maximum)
Guelph Museum Members are free
Children under 2 years old are free


For What’s On at McCrae House click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.


Read the Poem In Flanders Fields


A Brief History of McCrae House
McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae (b. 1872- d. 1918), doctor, soldier and author of the famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields. This small limestone cottage, built c.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 & Monuments Board has designated both John McCrae as a person of national significance, and the house as a place of national significance.  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.

Spring at McCrae House

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. Our gardening volunteers have worked to create an award-winning garden reflecting the time period of the mid to late 1800s.


Research Requests:
Facilitating your research is part of the mission of Guelph Museums, however good research takes time, and staff can best serve your interests if you set up an appointment. Research appointments can be booked daily from 1-5 p.m. Researchers without a pre-set appointment cannot generally be accommodated.

Research fees apply. The basic research fee is the same as admission fees (adults $4.00, seniors, children and students $3.00). There are also fees for photocopies, photo reproduction, scanning of images and mailing costs.

To make a research appointment, contact the Curatorial Coordinator at (519) 836-1221 ext. 2776 or