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Museums

The possibilities are endless when it comes to planning a trip around local museums. With rotating exhibits, local heritage, hands on and interactive experiences and engaging programs, there is never a shortage of things to discover.

Covid-19 Notice: Many museums are closed until further notice in 2020. We encourage you to check back often for updates, or contact the organization for information.


Bothwell-Zone Oil Museum 

Take a self-guided tour and rediscover the town's 1860's oil boom. Showcasing remnants of this important place in history, an interactive tour illustrates how the discovery of oil turned Bothwell into the largest community outside of Toronto almost overnight.


Chatham-Kent Museum - Re-opening September 30*

Parents and kids love the newest addition to the Chatham-Kent Museum that keeps them coming back for more, the Imagination Station. Located on the second floor of the museum, guests can create, explore and discover in this hands-on and interactive setting. The Museum itself showcases artifacts from events of national and international significance that touched the area. From the War of 1812 to the Underground Railroad, and the global discovery of oil, exhibits highlight local importance. Admission is by donation with varying hours available online.

*Not all areas of the Museum may be open to the public. The Museum is open Wednesday to Saturday, registration required. To register visit the Museum's website


Milner Heritage House

A seasonal visit (May - September) to the Milner Heritage House will not disappoint. Step back into the early 1900's as you enter and feast your eyes upon a stunning collection of art by Emma Milner. It was also here, Robert Milner started a modest buggy and sleigh manufacturing business. By the 1890's Milner Carriage Works was one of the largest vehicle producers in southern Ontario. The restored home depicts their turn-of-the century lifestyle. Admission is by donation, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 


Ridge House Museum

In the heart of the charming town of Ridgetown, lies a restored 1875 Victorian home now known as the Ridge House Museum. Visitors are encouraged to tour this typical Gothic revival home, and take in the preserved artifacts and specimen significant to the area represented by Ridgetown and the former Howard Township. Families will love the Discovery Den, where kids can let their imagination run wild in a brand new interactive and hands on creative space. From light up tables and dress up clothes to magnet and Lego walls, there is much to entertain the young and young at heart.  The museum is opening seasonally (March - September), with admission by donation. The house continues to be the pride of the community, hosting strawberry socials, children's day camps and exhibits on a variety of themes. 


The Von Ayres Cultural Centre & Wallaceburg Museum

With more than 85 thousand artifacts spanning the history of Wallaceburg, there is always something new to come back and see. Discover more on the industrial rise with the Dominion Sugar Company, Wallaceburg Brass Company and Sydenham Glass Company. Investigate the supernatural events of the Baldoon Mystery. The Von Ayres Cultural Centre consists of the Wallaceburg & District Historical Society, the Frank Murdock Sports Hall of Fame, the Wallaceburg Little Theatre and the Wallaceburg and District Arts Council. Drama, musical events, fine arts displays, drama camps, cabarets, art camps, Tae Kwon Do classes are presented throughout the year. Don't miss out on their annual transformation of the museum into a Haunted Mansion at Halloween!


Chatham Railway Museum

Step inside an antique Canadian National Baggage Car, and back in time into the Chatham Railway Museum. Railway artifacts and interactive displays allow visitors an up close and personal hands-on experience of railway culture. The museum is opening for the summer season (June-August) and is closed Sundays and Mondays. During the off-season, tours are available by appointment. Annually, watch out for the William Glassco Railroad Fun Day, featuring tours, model displays, activities, games and more. The Museum is located across from VIA Rail in Chatham.