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80 in 80 Exhibit at CK Museum

CK Museum


Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (admission by donation)

Address: Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario

Email: ckcccmuseum@chatham-kent.ca


Imagination Station Programs

Design a masterpiece on our giant LiteBrite, get loud as you play with our percussion wall, or try your hand at window art. With so many options, the Imagination Station has something fun for everyone, including adults! Features include a giant lite brite, percussion wall, Lego/Duplo wall, toddler play panels, craft tables, puzzles, and building materials.

Let your imagination grow and join the Chatham-Kent Museum for fun-filled monthly programs in Imagination Station.

Egg-cellent Morning Fun

Saturday, March 23, 2024 | 10:00 - 11:00 am | Ages 6-12 | FREE

Hop on over to the Imagination Station and spend the morning with us decorating wooden Easter eggs using an assortment of methods. Sponsored by The Anderson's Inc.

Register for Egg-cellent Morning Fun

A Whirlwind of Fun

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 10:00 - 11:00 am | Ages 6-12 | FREE

This spring let's not just feel the breeze, let's hear it too. Bring some color, fun, and sound into your home this spring and join us in the Imagination Station as we create beautiful wind chimes. Sponsored by The Anderson's Inc.

Register for Whirlwind of Fun

Light Up the Night

Saturday, May 11, 2024 | 10:00 - 11:00 am | Ages 6-12 | FREE

This Kids Club, we are getting ready for the great summer adventures that await us. Prepare for camping season by creating your very own lantern. Sponsored by The Anderson's Inc.

Register for Light Up the Night

Cipher/Decipher

Saturday, June 8, 2024 | 10:00 - 11:00 am | Ages 6-12 | FREE

 Psst! Can you crack the code of fun? This May, to celebrate the opening of Cipher-Decipher, the newest traveling exhibit to visit the CK Museum, you will learn how to create your very own Cryptex safe. Sponsored by The Anderson's Inc.

Register for Cipher/Decipher


Current Exhibitions

80 in 80: 1943-2023

Celebrating 8 Decades of Collecting Chatham-Kent History

The Chatham-Kent Museum is pleased to announce the opening of 80 in 80: 1943-2023, an exhibition to mark 80 years of building and preserving our local history collection.

Explore a display of eighty artifacts highlighting the breadth and depth of history to be found in the Chatham-Kent Museum collection. See the Gray-Dort motor car – certified as Canadian Cultural Property – an authentic Titanic menu card, the fossilized remains of a prehistoric creature, a baseball signed by a member of the Chatham Coloured All-Stars team, and so much more!

Discover more about our local history on the shelves of Out in the Open, a visible artifact storage area in the exhibition galleries of the museum. Visitors can grab a flashlight and peruse almost five thousand artifacts from the museum's three-dimensional artifact collection. 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. 

Virtual Exhibition

Let Us March on Till Victory Is Won: The Struggle for Racial Equity in CK and Ontario is now live! This virtual exhibit traces the courageous story of the National Unity Association's crusade for justice and their determination to end practices of segregation within Chatham-Kent and Ontario, and the ongoing fight for equality in Canada. 

This exhibition was produced by the Chatham-Kent Museum in partnership with the following organizations:

  • Buxton Museum
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site, Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum
  • Buxton's Next Generation

The original artwork in this exhibition was created by Mariah Alexander.

View Let Us March On till Victory is Won Virtual Exhibit

Lectures

Kent Historical Society (KHS) 

March 19, 2024 | 7:30 pm Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre

Dr. Neal Ferris, from UWO, is one of Ontario's most important archaeologists. Over the years, he has done much to advance our knowledge of aboriginal culture hereabouts. However, his current research takes him to Nevis, in the Caribbean. Tonight, he will tell us about the things he's found there, and about colonial times on Nevis, with a focus on slavery on that island.


Information & Services 

Tour Groups

  • The Chatham-Kent Museum welcomes bus tours, church, school, and special interest groups year-round by appointment. Please call or email at least 3 weeks in advance to book your tour. Cost: $5.00/person (minimum $50/tour).

Parking

  • Parking is provided free of charge. There are two parking lots; the largest one is located on William Street North and the other is on Murray Street.

Accessibility

  • All exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair-accessible washrooms are located in the museum itself as well as in the main lobby of the Chatham Cultural Centre. Access to the use of a wheelchair during your visit is available.

Amenities

The Chatham-Kent Museum is equipped with many amenities to make your visit with us enjoyable:

  • The museum is climate-controlled for your comfort and for the protection of our artifacts.
  • Enjoy the many picnic areas, located across the street in beautiful Tecumseh Park.
  • There is a bus stop located near the Chatham Cultural Centre parking lot on Murray Street. The main downtown bus terminal is located within walking distance of the Chatham Cultural Centre.
  • Washrooms are located in the museum.

Advisory Committee

This committee's primary responsibilities are to ensure that the collection entrusted to the museum's care is adequately housed, conserved and documented. Visit Committees of Council for meeting schedule, agendas and minutes.

Collections & Research

A collection of artifacts or archival materials is the foundation for every museum. The Chatham-Kent Museum collection includes approximately 12,000 three-dimensional objects, over 1,000 natural science specimens, and over 100,000 photographic images, documents, and correspondence as well as a substantial art collection. These artifacts and archival materials are the basis of museum exhibitions, research, and programming.

Over 10,000 images from the Chatham-Kent Museum photograph and postcard archive and over 1,500 artifacts from the collection can be viewed online in the image database www.vitacollections.ca/ckmuseums.

The Chatham-Kent Museum collection of artifacts and archival materials, as well as research and reference items, may include valuable information for your research. Please contact the museum with your research inquiry. Reproductions of archival materials may be acquired by following How to Obtain Reproductions.

Researchers can access the Kent Regiment IODE Books of Remembrance from the Chatham-Kent Museum collection on the online CK veteran database www.gatheringourheroes.ca.


Volunteers

The museum is committed to providing meaningful volunteer opportunities including advisory committee members, curatorial assistants, museum attendants and program assistants. To learn more about these positions or the recruitment process, please email us at ckcccmuseum@chatham-kent.ca.