The museum is comprised of a main floor exhibit space that currently houses a temporary exhibit entitled "Carnivals! Festivals! Fairs! Oh My!" which highlights the history of fairs within Chatham-Kent. Additionally, on the main floor of the museum is "Out in the Open," a permanent exhibit that displays some of the museum's never before seen three-dimensional artifacts. To complement these exhibits, the professional staff of the Chatham-Kent Museum offers a variety of curriculum-based school programs, public programs, and special events.
The museum also maintains an archival collection that includes several extensive local photograph collections, which is popular with genealogists, authors, researchers, and students.
Come and explore Chatham-Kent's rich history with us!
Reopening September 30, 2020
Welcome back! It hasn't been the same without you…
The Chatham–Kent Museum is excited to announce that we will be reopening on Wednesday, September 30 with our "Carnivals! Festivals! Fairs! Oh My!" exhibit that celebrates the fair tradition in Chatham-Kent, from the Jaycee Fair to the Dresden Exhibition. We are thrilled to be reopening this exhibit for a limited time after its unexpected closure in March due to COVID-19
Following several weeks of strategizing, our museum team is ready to implement our reopening plan, which offers each visitor a fun, enjoyable, and, most importantly, safe experience. We have introduced enhanced safety measures in line with COVID-19 public health guidelines. These include, but are not limited to, new public hours, reduced visitor capacity, timed admission, and enhanced cleaning protocols.
Please be advised:
You can bring up to 9 people with you that are part of your social circle.
Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.
Interactives will be limited and the Imagination Station will remain closed.
Masks must be worn in accordance with the Chatham-Kent mandatory mask by-law (101-2020), unless a patron is exempted under that by-law.
The use of hand sanitizer is required prior to entering the exhibit space and exiting.
By entering, you acknowledge and agree on behalf yourself and those for whom you are a parent or guardian, that as an indoor facility the use of this building may include possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases such as COVID-19, and you freely assumes all such risks.
Before you visit, we ask that each member of your party complete the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19. If you are not feeling well, please reschedule your visit for another day.
We hope to see you soon!
The Chatham-Kent Museum will be open for pre-booked visits Wednesdays to Saturdays between the hours of 11AM to 4PM.
We have a new registration software! In order to book your visit you will need to create a new account. Once you have your account set up, please browse through the available times and select a time.
New Public Hours:
Please pre-book your visit here
Wednesday to Saturday
11:00AM to 12:00PM for seniors (65+)
12:00PM to 4:00PM for the general public
Free Admission. Donations are welcome.