The Chatham-Kent Museum was established in 1943 and has been collecting artifacts ever since. Funded, in part, by the Government of Canada, Out in the Open has allowed us to transfer a significant part of our small three-dimensional artifact collection from our on-site collections storage room to this new visible storage area.
Collecting is a crucial role of a museum since it is a starting point for all of its other functions. The earliest museums in Canada were developed recognizing the fact that people’s understanding of their past was most effectively communicated and developed by exposure to objects themselves.
It surprises people to learn that Ontario does not have a provincial museum. Instead, this responsibility has been given to local community museums and it is through their collection and interpretation of artifacts that our provincial history is told. The Chatham-Kent Museum was established primarily to collect and preserve the material heritage significant to the development of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and to use this material to present and promote the history of our community.
Now, with the help of the Government of Canada, the Chatham-Kent Museum can share so much more of this history with you!
We hope that you will come see many of our artifacts that have never before been on display and to learn more about how museum collections are developed, catalogued, and stored.
The Chatham-Kent Museum is open Wednesday to Friday 1:00PM to 7:00PM; Saturday and Sunday 11:00AM to 4:00PM. Admission by donation.