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Ridge House Museum
Ridge House Museum, Ridgetown

Ridge House Museum

​Ridge House Museum is currently closed for the season. Open December 10, Christmas at Ridge House 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The Ridge House Museum welcomes bus tours as well as church, school, and special interest groups year-round by appointment. Please call at least 3 weeks in advance to book your tour. Cost: $5.00 per person (minimum 10 people per tour). Refreshments are available for an additional fee. 

Explore Ridge House Museum with a guided tour as you take in what life was like in 1875. Get creative in our hands-on interactive space, the Discovery Den, as you make crafts, play games, or design on our magnet wall or light table. There is something for everyone at the Ridge House Museum! Call 519-360-1998 or email


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.

Established to collect and preserve artifacts and specimens significant to the area represented by Ridgetown and the former Howard Township, the Ridge House Museum presents and promotes the history of this region. Stop in and enjoy the Discovery Den, a play-based learning space for both children and adults with weekly heritage-themed crafts each month.

Christmas at the Ridge House

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

On December 10, visit the Ridge House Museum to celebrate Christmas the Victorian way. Travel back in time with us and learn how Christmas was celebrated in 1875. Don't forget to make a Christmas decoration in the Discovery Den and, before you leave, grab a delicious cookie catered by William Street Cafe. The Chatham-Kent Public Library: Ridgetown Branch will be joining us at 3:00 pm for a Christmas storytime.

All activities are free for the whole family. No registration is required, just drop in and enjoy!

Program and decorations sponsored by Kent and Essex Mutual Insurance.


Let your creativity flow and learn new skills in the variety of programming offered throughout the year for people of all ages. We are pleased to offer an online registration service for your convenience. In order to register for a program at Ridge House, you will need to create an account in Arts + Culture Program Registration. Once you have your account set up, please browse through the available programs offered in museums. Need assistance registering? Please call 519-360-1998 or email

Creative Kids: Mornings with Mrs. Claus

December 3 and 17, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Spend a fun-filled festive morning with Mrs. Claus at the Ridge House Museum. Decorate your own Christmas cookie, create some holiday decorations, and have a one-on-one with Mrs. Claus, so she can pass on your requests to the jolly man himself. Then gather around Mrs. Claus' chair and hear a classic tale and sing some festive songs. Program sponsored by Foodland Ridgetown. Decorations sponsored by Kent and Essex Mutual Insurance.

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Information & Services

A restored 1875 Victorian home in the charming town of Ridgetown, Ontario. A part of the Arts and Culture division of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Hours: Seasonal. June 1 - August 27, 2022.  Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address: 53 Erie Street South, Ridgetown, Ontario N0P 2C0

Admission: By donation

Contact Information

Phone: 519-360-1998 or 519-674-2223


Tour Groups

The Ridge House Museum welcomes bus tours as well as church, school, and special interest groups year-round by appointment. Please call at least 3 weeks in advance to book your tour. Cost: $5.00 per person (minimum 10 people per tour). Refreshments are available for an additional fee.

Discovery Den

Let your kid's imagination grow in our fun-filled, interactive, totally hands-on, innovative, and creative space. Have fun with the whole family while exploring the history of Ridge House. Watch for monthly programs for both children and adults.


  • Magnetic Wall
  • Light Tables
  • Craft Table
  • Games
  • Kitchen Playset

Parking: Parking is provided free of charge. The parking lot is located on Oak Street.

Amenities: Climate controlled for your comfort and for the protection of our artifacts.

Accessibility: The museum is not currently wheelchair accessible. We would be pleased to accommodate you in any way we can, please contact the museum to arrange alternative access.

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.


A collection of artifacts or archival materials is the foundation for every museum. The Ridge House Museum collection includes approximately 4,000 artifacts, photographic images, documents, and correspondence. These artifacts and archival materials are the basis of museum exhibitions, research, and programming.


The Ridge House Museum's collection of artifacts and archival materials may include valuable information for your research. Please contact the museum with your research enquiry. Reproductions of archival materials may be acquired by following these How to Obtain Reproductions.


The museum is committed to providing meaningful volunteer opportunities including advisory committee members, curatorial assistants, museum attendants or program assistants. To learn more about these positions or the recruitment process, please contact the museum.