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Richmond County Museum (Richmond County Historical Society)

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The mission of Richmond County Historical Society is to research, conserve and share the history of Richmond County and vicinity. RCHS maintains an archive, accessible year-round by appointment, and a seasonal museum.

Physical Description: 

larger_img_2196.jpgSince the summer of 2016, the museum and archives of the Richmond County Historical Society (RCHS) are housed in the former manse of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Upper Melbourne.

The museum, which features permanent and temporary exhibitions focusing on the history of the area and its early inhabitants, is open seasonally and by appointment.

The RCHS's archives include over 10,000 documents which include historical papers and documents of particular interest to Richmond County and vicinity. These documents include paper records (letters, diaries, journals and other unpublished written materials); photographs and other visual records; maps, plans and architectural records; sound recordings and oral history tapes; printed material (local newspapers, books), electronically stored data and the records of the Richmond County Historical Society.


The museum houses a great many artefacts that bring the history of Richmond County to life.

Special Activities: 

Special events are held during the spring, summer and fall seasons. These include an ice cream social (a major fundraiser), an annual general meeting, a pancake brunches, historical tours, and an annual harvest luncheon.


The Tread of Pioneers, Vol. 1 & 2 which sell for $15.00 each. The Mulvena Papers by Henry Mulvena sells for $10.00. The St. Francis College book by Esther Healy is sold out. Several editions of “old” calendars sell for $5.00 each.

Business Hours: 

larger_img_2205.jpgMuseum Hours: contact the RCHS for opening dates and hours.
Bilingual guides are on staff.

The Archives of RCHS is open by appointment. Call (819) 826-1332 and leave a message.


Museum: Visitors (non-members) adults - $5.00; children 10 and under - $3.00.
Archives: Visitors (Non-Members) to the Archives Centre: $10.00 for the initial visit, half day; $10.00/hour for subsequent visits.


1161 Route 243, Melbourne Township, Qc.

(819) 826-1332