Seagram Museum

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Seagram Museum
Seagram Museum Building.jpg
The postmodern building by Barton Myers
Established 1984
Dissolved 1997
Location 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Type Defunct corporate museum
Website Archives

The Seagram Museum in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada was the city's final operational remnant of the world-renowned distillery founded by Waterloo entrepreneur Joseph E. Seagram in the mid-19th century.

The museum operated from May 1984 to March 1997. Designed by architect Barton Myers, it was built at a cost of $4.75 million and its entrance was a renovated late-19th century rack warehouse from the Seagram plant. It had a variety of exhibits illustrating everyday life in the liquor distillery in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Seagram closed its Waterloo plant in 1992, and the museum continued to operate for another five years. It narrowly escaped a fire in 1993 that destroyed the building next to it.

The City of Waterloo purchased the Seagram property for $4 million in the fall of 1997. The museum donated its archives to the University of Waterloo. Two former barrelhouses on the site were converted into condominia while the museum became an office building, leased to software company Waterloo Maple. The company moved into the renovated building in June 1998.

In July 2002, the city sold the building to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) for $2.5 million. In September 2003, Waterloo Maple left the building and CIGI moved in. In 2010 it also housed Project Ploughshares. As of June 2016, Shopify is now located in the building. The building is located at 57 Erb Street West in Waterloo.

Some of the museum's collection was transferred to the City of Waterloo and will be housed at the City of Waterloo Museum.[1]


The Museum was affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.


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