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Ridge House Museum
Ridge House Museum, Ridgetown

Ridge House Museum

Please be advised Ridge House Museum is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Creative Kids programs are virtual! Register online at Arts + Culture Program Registration or call 519-360-1998.


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.


What's On

Please be advised Ridge House Museum is temporarily closed. As we manage the precautions and updates regarding COVID-19, we remain closed for the safety of our staff, visitors and supporters. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.


Programs

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 ckridgehouse@chatham-kent.ca.

Virtual Creative Kids

Creative Kids programs are virtual! Join the Ridge House Museum, in partnership with Chatham-Kent Public Library, for fun-filled monthly virtual programs broadcasted on Facebook Live. During each virtual program, in addition to the monthly craft, there will also be a story time presented by CKPL. Sponsored by Howard Mutual Insurance Company.

Dates include:

  1. October 16 - Hootin-Tootin Halloween
  2. December 11 - Spiders, Pickles and Cards Oh My!

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 Ridge House 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 ckridgehouse@chatham-kent.ca

Register for Museum Programs

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. Currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

Admission: By donation

Contact Information

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

Email: ckridgehouse@chatham-kent.ca

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.

Features:

  • Reading Section
  • Lego Wall
  • Magnetic Wall
  • Mini Imagination Playground
  • Light Tables
  • Log Blocks
  • Craft Tables
  • Games
  • Costumes

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.


Collections

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.


Research

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.


Volunteers

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.