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:

Cursive Writing: Reading and Writing the Old School Way

Image of hand writing with quill penTemporary Exhibit.
January 28, 2018 - May 27, 2018.
 
In any style, cursive text also known as handwriting, script, longhand, or running text is the joining of the character symbols of language in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster and more efficient. This exhibit, travelling from Museum London, explores the history cursive writing, the tools required for the job, and why this dying skill continues to be important.
 
Educational programming for school groups is available.​

Material Culture: The Things We Make To Live

Artifiact from Material Culture ExhibitTemporary Exhibit.
February 17, 2018 - September 9, 2018.

​​​​A.G. Smith's Material Culture Project is based on the concept that human need and available material combine to create forms that are inherently iconic. Over the last several years, he has constructed a series of models closely replicating shelters, transport, and artifacts of Northern Europe, Asia, and North America. Believing that knowledge is cumulative, much of the culture of a people can be​ known through their material artifacts.   

This exhibition includes A.G. Smith's models, as well as selected pieces from the Museum's collection. 

"Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred "Boomer" Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars"

Chatham Coloured All Stars exhibition panelTemporary Display.
February 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018.

​​​​During Black History Month, the Chimczuk Museum will be hosting a travelling exhibit about the Chatham Coloured All-Stars, the first African-Canadian baseball team to win an Ontario Baseball Amateur Association (Intermediate B) in 1934.

The exhibit is an outreach project related to the recently-launched website, “Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred ‘Boomer’ Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars” http://cdigs.uwindsor.ca/BreakingColourBarrier/​.    

Diecast From the Past: A History of Autos

Models from Diecast exhibitionTemporary Display.
January 20, 2018 - June 30, 2018.

​​​​Museum Windsor’s new 2018 exhibit, Diecast From the Past: A History of Autos explores the history of

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diecast model cars, Windsor Ontario’s automotive history, and the relationship popular culture has with the automobile. Many women and men experience a lifelong passion for automobiles that often starts at a very young age. Prior to being able to drive or own a real car or truck, children often play with miniature versions of their favourite vehicles on living room floors, in sandboxes, schoolyards, etc. Explore this unique exhibit at the Chimczuk Museum this year.

Creative Brush Strokes participantsTemporary Display.
Ongoing until April 29, 2018

Creative Brush Strokes is an exhibit featuring artwork from local artists who are part of Venture Works, Community Living Windsor. Many of the pieces on display are artistic representations of artifacts on display at the Chimczuk Museum. This exhibit is located in the shared corridor​ between Museum Windsor and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

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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