Chimczuk Museum Exhibits
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Visitors explore exhibits at the Chimczuk Museum
Chimczuk Museum Exhibits

Gallery One: The River and the Land Sustain Us

Artifact in the River and the Land Sustain Us ExhibitThis is the main gallery at the Chimczuk Museum.

Featuring 2,705 square feet on the main floor concourse, this space features a bi-lingual permanent exhibit that tells the history of our city and people.

Features include: History of Windsor: pre-history to present; hands-on exhibits; a mini-theatre with videos of Windsor's history and heritage; visitor interactive stations; visitor information stations; core educational programming and public museum tours offered by Museum Windsor's knowledgeable, engaging staff.

Gallery Two: Children's Gallery and Learning Space

Children playing in the Children's GalleryInteractive. Educational. Fun. This 1,173-square-foot space on the main floor is for the young and young at heart to explore history and heritage through interactive games and activities.

Features include: Things from the Past: artifact discovery drawers; Waterways and Underground Connection: Build-A-Bridge, ship and tunnel to cross the Detroit River and explore The Great Lakes design activity; Transportation: Build-A-Car assembly line activity; Fashion In Time: historic costume dress-up; Traditional old time toys; and school and daycare programming.

Original Peoples Culture and Legacy Gallery  

Wood carving of Chief TecumsehAt the north end of the main floor concourse, this space reflects the culture, heritage, and contemporary issues of the local First Nations and Métis communities. It also provides an open and flexible gathering space for programming. This exhibit was developed in consultation with Walpole Island Heritage Centre, Caldwell First Nation, Turtle Island-Aboriginal Education Centre (University of Windsor), Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre and other local community organizations.
 
Features include: Creation Stories, Treaties, Residential Schools and 60’s Scoop, Language Revitalization, Missing and Murdered Women, Medicine Wheel teachings, and Cultural Expressions. 

Galleries Three and Four: Travelling/Temporary Exhibitions/Exhibits

Our two remaining main floor galleries comprise 1,410 square feet of exciting new and evolving exhibits.

Features include: travelling and temporary exhibits; special programming; performances and speakers series; large screen for film documentaries or presentations; gathering space; public and school programs; and crafts and educational activities.


Currently Displaying:


​Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County

Temporary Exhibit

Ongoing

Did you know that Museum Windsor has over 600 historic maps in its archival collection? These maps include original, hand-copied and mechanically-reproduced publications dating from the early 17th century to the early 21st century. Opening on September 28, 2019 in honour of Culture Days, Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County will highlight an extensive selection of maps, many of which will be on display for the first time. Come and explore as the maps of Windsor and Essex County take shape over the centuries, reflecting our fascinating history and geography. ​


Snapshots Of Windsor-Essex-Kent Beauties:1950s & 1960s

Temporary Mini-Photographic Exhibit

Ongoing

Theodore "Fred" Lazurek emigrated from Romania to the Windsor region following the Second World War. Settling in Ford City, he ran a photography studio out of his home on Drouillard Road. This selection of his photos of the Miss Western Ontario and Miss Jackson Park Beauty pageants showcase the connection between gender roles, social pastimes and the consumer culture in the 20th century. All photographs in this mini-exhibit were donated to Museum Windsor by Shannon Osmer.​ 

This exhibition was designed and installed by University of Windsor students enrolled in the Public History course. This course explores the theory and practices of Public History, including the ways in which History is communicated to the wider public by museums, cultural institutions, heritage sites, archives, film, social media, advertising, and national parks. ​For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Adam Pole at adampole@uwindsor.ca or 519-253-3000 ext. 2261.


​Red Light Green Light 

Temporary Mini-Exhibit

Ongoing

Red Light Green Light features a recent collection of Fisher-Price toys​ and utilizes historical street scenes from the Windsor region to imagine what the City of Windsor might look like if it was made of toys. This mini-exhibit features "Little People"  toys and play sets dating from the 1960s and onward and includes a brief history of the Fisher-Price company.

This exhibition was designed and installed by University of Windsor students enrolled in the Public History course. This course explores the theory and practices of Public History, including the ways in which History is communicated to the wider public by museums, cultural institutions, heritage sites, archives, film, social media, advertising, and national parks. ​For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Adam Pole at adampole@uwindsor.ca or 519-253-3000 ext. 2261.​

Walking In A Windsor Wonderland

Temporary Mini-Exhibit

Ongoing

This mini-exhibit highlights winter in the Windsor area. Artifacts on display explore the themes of holiday traditions, fashion, keeping warm, and outdoor activities/sports. Artifacts are supplemented with featured photographs from the Museum​ Windsor historical collection.​

This exhibition was designed and installed by University of Windsor students enrolled in the Public History course. This course explores the theory and practices of Public History, including the ways in which History is communicated to the wider public by museums, cultural institutions, heritage sites, archives, film, social media, advertising, and national parks. ​For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Adam Pole at adampole@uwindsor.ca or 519-253-3000 ext. 2261.


Get in touch

Questions about the permanent exhibits, temporary/travelling exhibitions, tours and programs at the Chimczuk Museum? Reach out to us:

Museum Windsor
254 Pitt Street West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 5L5
Phone: For general information, call 311.
For detailed inquiries, please call (519) 253-1812.
Email: wmuseum@citywindsor.ca
 

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