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Ridge House Museum
Ridge House Museum, Ridgetown

Ridge House Museum

Ridge House Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm by appointment only. Walk-in Wednesdays start July 13, each Wednesday until the end of August, no appointments are necessary as we are accepting walk-in visitors.

We are excited to announce that Ridge House will be opening for the season on June 1 after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

Ridge House will be available for pre-registered visits Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm by appointment only. Bookings must be made twenty-four hours in advance for groups of up to ten people.

Bring the whole family to 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! 

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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.

The Case of the Missing Magic Lantern

Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Ridge House Museum is closing for the season, and we have a fun event planned to celebrate.

On Saturday, August 27, put on your detective cap and join us for a fun interactive mystery event for children and families called, "The Case of the Missing Magic Lantern."

Come to the Ridge House Museum between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm to get your junior detective notebook. You'll need to use your detective skills to discover clues and complete activities around downtown Ridgetown to help us solve the case. When you have collected all the clues, return the notebook back to the museum before 5:00 pm to get your final clues and the recognition you rightly deserve!

A special thanks to our community partners for helping to bring our mystery to life: The Ridgetown Independent News, Lucky Lady Fashions Ridgetown, Mocha Violet, Erin Couture RMT, Manuela Schurch RMT, One Stop Auto Parts, Mitton's Jewellers Ltd., The Bargain Shop (Ridgetown), Chatham-Kent Public Library-Ridgetown Branch, Ridgetown Municipal Centre, and Howard Mutual Insurance Company.


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 in Arts + Culture, you will need to create a new 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

Virtual Creative Kids

Please check back for upcoming Creative Kids programs.

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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 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 member, curatorial assistant, museum attendant, or program assistant. To learn more about these positions or the recruitment process, please contact the museum.