Museums and galleries provide excellent opportunities for children and adults to appreciate and learn about art, culture and heritage.
You may find information about Chatham-Kent's many museums and galleries below. For more information, you may also visit:
Chatham-Kent Museum, located within the
Chatham Cultural Centre, maintains an extensive archival collection that includes documents, correspondence, and a vast collection of photographs including the Frank Brown, George James, and Chatham Daily News collections. The museum also has a collection of research and reference material pertaining to local history.
Fairfield Museum and National Historic Site
The Fairfield Museum and National Historic Site preserves Moravian history and Indian culture, with a focus on educating the public about its historical significance.
Milner Heritage House
Milner Heritage House is the former home of Robert and Emma Milner. Robert Miner become one of the largest vehicle producers in southern Ontario in the 1890s, establishing himself as a "Captain of Industry". Emma (maiden name Wicks) became a prominent artist. Some of Emma's works are featured in the Milner Heritage House, which was donated to the City of Chatham in 1943 by the Milner children.
Ridge House Museum
Ridge House Museum
is open daily for guided tours, and offers a range of programming, including exhibit openings, workshops, demonstrations, special events, open houses, tours, and summer camps.
Wallaceburg and District Museum
Wallaceburg and District Museum, located within the Von Ayres Cultural Centre, is situated near the heart of downtown Wallaceburg. Located at 505 King Street, less than half a block from the banks of the Sydenham River.
Thames Art Gallery
Thames Art Gallery, located within the
Chatham Cultural Centre, is dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation, conservation, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the community of Chatham-Kent for present and future generations. The Gallery places emphasis on public arts education programming and multidisciplinary exhibitions programming.
ARTspace is a not-for-profit gallery dedicated to the promotion and development of emerging and mid-career artists engaged in contemporary visual arts practice. ARTspace offers exhibition opportunities for regional and national artists, and maintains a special focus on exhibiting and promoting a diversity of artistic practices within the region of Chatham-Kent.
In addition to our goal of expanding artistic discourse through exhibition programming, a significant part of the gallery’s vision includes professional development and support. Members are encouraged to access information and skills training offered through the gallery in the form of resources, workshops, studio visits, volunteering opportunities and gallery openings.