Due to the recent provincial announcement regarding a province-wide shutdown, all Arts + Culture facilities are closed and all programs cancelled until further notice.
The Chatham-Kent Museum is part of the Arts + Culture division of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Located at the
Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario
The museum is comprised of a main floor exhibit space that currently houses a temporary exhibit entitled "Collecting Dust" where visitors will tour through an eclectic attic to explore, discover, and imagine the old and new family stories of their own and our community. 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.
Imagination Station is a hands-on interactive space found on the second floor of the museum. Something fun for everyone, including adults!
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!
The museum is temporarily closed due to a stay-at-home order in effect.
Take a look around our "Collecting Dust" Exhibit to discover historical treasures found in an attic. Grab a flashlight and peruse almost 5000 artifacts in the "Out in the Open" exhibition. Enjoy playtime in Imagination Station and browse our Gift Shop in your scheduled visit. Come explore!
Book Your Museum Visit
To ensure everyone's safety, all visitors must pre-book their visit as walk-ins are not currently permitted. The Chatham-Kent Museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. Please book your visit online at Arts + Culture Online Registration. In order to book your visit, you will need to create an account. Once you have your account set up, please choose your preferred time to visit. Need assistance booking your visit? Please call 519-360-1998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chatham-Kent Museum team offers each visitor an 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 household.
- Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.
- 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 of 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!
Kids Club programs are virtual! Let your imagination grow and join the Chatham-Kent Museum, in partnership with Chatham-Kent Public Library, for fun-filled monthly virtual programs broadcasted on
- February 13- Lots of Love
- March 13 - Bring on the Sunshine!
- April 10 - Springtime Fun!
- May 15 - Books! Books! Books!
During each virtual program, in addition to the monthly craft, there will also be a storytime presented by Chatham-Kent Public Library. The fee is $10 per child registered.
Each child that is registered will receive a package that includes:
- The supplies for the monthly craft
- Five activity sheets based on the monthly theme
- Library books based on the monthly theme
The Chatham-Kent Museum will be providing one set of supplies to each registrant. Chatham-Kent Public Library will contact you to arrange the pick up of the supplies. Participants can choose from 11 library locations for curbside pick-up.
Need assistance registering? Please call 519-360-1998 or email email@example.com.
Register for Museum Programs
Information & Services
The Chatham-Kent Museum looks forward to seeing you. Here is further information to help you plan your visit.
Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- 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: $3.10/person (minimum $31/tour).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- A water fountain is located in the main lobby of the Chatham Cultural Centre.
- 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 William Street North. The main downtown bus terminal is located within walking distance from the Chatham Cultural Centre.
- Washrooms are located in the museum and in the main lobby of the Chatham Cultural Centre.
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.
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 enquiry. 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.
The museum is committed to providing meaningful volunteer opportunities including advisory committee member, curatorial assistant, museum attendant or program assistant. To learn more about these positions or the recruitment process, please contact the museum.