The Ridge House Museum was established to collect and preserve artifacts and specimens significant to the area represented by Ridgetown and the former Howard Township, and to use these to present and promote the history of this region. Additionally included in the museum is the Discovery Den, a play-based learning space for children and adults. In this space, a new heritage-related theme each month is the basis for weekly crafts available to drop-in visitors, children's workshop.
Located in the original residence of Mr. and Mrs. George Mulholland, the modest middle-class family home in Ridgetown was constructed in 1875 for $200.00. Like most builds in rural areas at this time, the house was designed as a typical Gothic revival home with a symmetrical floor plan, front and side porches and, a single front gable above the centre front door.
As Ridgetown was gearing up for the town's 1975 centennial celebration, the Ridgetown Rotary Club purchased the house as their centennial project. With the guidance of the Ridgetown & District Historical Society, the Ridge House Museum was born.
Ridge House Museum is open the first day of spring to the first day of autumn and December 1-23, 7 days a week from 1:00-5:00 PM. Admission is by donation.
Please be advised now CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 6 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Arts + Culture Programs and Events CANCELLED
Please be advised that due to the COVID – 19 pandemic, and following the advice of the CK Medical Officer of Health, programs at all Arts & Culture facilities are being cancelled indefinitely. Refunds will be issued where applicable.
Municipal Facility Closures
Municipal libraries, pools, arenas, museums, theatres, and galleries CLOSED.
The municipality continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, taking direction from Provincial and Federal public health officials. We want to do everything we possible can to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on Chatham-Kent.
Effective immediately the following facilities will close for three weeks. We will reassess at that time and provide updates on a regular basis.
- All 11 branches of the Chatham-Kent Public Library
- All 10 Chatham-Kent arenas
- Blenheim Gable Rees Rotary Pool and Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool
- Chatham-Kent Museum and Ridge House Museum (Including Imagination Station and Discovery Den)
- The Capitol and Kiwanis theatres
- Thames Art Gallery and Art Space
For more information, please visit CK Public Health at www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19