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, regular cleaning and disinfection, passive screening of patrons, and promoting and facilitating patron hand hygiene.
Please be advised:
- 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 assume 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 visit another day.
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 Chatham-Kent Museum is open with Tales of Fantasy, Our Myths and Legends. Immerse yourself in a fantastical universe, through Quebecois, Indigenous, and Canadian folktales. Climb aboard a flying canoe, look for wolf-men or werewolves; leave everyday reality behind, to explore a country right out of the storytellers' imaginations! This exhibition uses folktales and characters to help us discover storytelling and the importance of oral traditions.
Tales of Fantasy, Our Myths and Legends is a production of the Corporation culturelle de Shawinigan realized by the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science with the contributions of:
- Canadian Government, Heritage Canada, Museum Assistance Program
- Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec
- City of Shawinigan
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! New and fun interactives have been added to the Imagination Station, such as light cubes, a LEGO wall and so much more.
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!
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.
Our in-house exhibit will be opening to the public on February 2, 2022 at CK Museum.
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
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
- March 12 at 10:00 am - March Into Spring
- April 9 at 10:00 am - High Flying Fun
- May 14 at 10:00 am - How Does Your Garden Grow?
- June 11 at 10:00 am - Once Upon A Time
During each virtual program, in addition to the monthly craft, there will also be a story time presented by Chatham-Kent Public Library. Sponsored by IODE Captain Garnet Brackin Chapter and Maple Mutual Insurance.
Each child that is registered will receive a package that includes:
- The supplies for the monthly craft
- Three 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 eleven library locations for curbside pick-up.
Need assistance registering? Please call 519-360-1998 or email email@example.com.
Register for Virtual Kids Club 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: $5.00/person (minimum $50/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.
- 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 from the Chatham Cultural Centre.
- Washrooms are located in the museum.
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.