Chimczuk Museum Exhibits
The youngest of the border cities, the Town of Riverside was incorporated on May 3, 1921, and initially included 2,600 acres of land and 1,155 citizens. This exhibition examines and celebrates the history of Riverside from early French settlement to the rum running and speakeasies of the 1920s to its eventual annexation by the City of Windsor in 1966.
Photograph: View of Wyandotte Street East at St. Louis, Riverside, circa 1963. Courtesy of the Windsor Star.
Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County
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. Open since September 28, 2019, in honour of Culture Days, Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County highlights an extensive selection of maps, many of which are 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.
Photograph: Bird's Eye View of Windsor, 1878.
To Catch A Show: Windsor Cinema & Theatre History
This new display, designed by Garrett McGee, was made in conjunction with the University of Windsor's Public History class and features information about some of Windsor's earliest movie theatres. To Catch A Show: Windsor Cinema & Theatre History is on display now in the Chimczuk Museum main concourse.
Special thanks to the Windsor Star and Capitol Theatre.
Photograph: Black and white photograph of Ouellette Avenue showing the Palace Theatre, May 11, 1937.
COVID-19 Community Quilt
Created by the Windsor-Essex Sewing Force, the community quilt arose from volunteers wanting to use fabric scraps leftover from sewing masks and caps to commemorate the whole community coming together to fight the pandemic. It represents the strength and resilience of the Windsor-Essex community. Volunteers wanted to honour and recognize all of those who played a part in getting masks on faces and caps on heads.
Photograph: A section of the COVID-19 Community Quilt.
Windsor Hand Made: Twenty artists. Twenty expressions.
The work glove is a common and recognizable object. It was chosen to honour the rich history and culture of labour in our region and to recognize its importance in many workplaces. By focusing on the work glove for this project, the artists are identifying themselves as workers and contributors to the life and culture of Windsor.
Photograph: Some of the artwork included in the Windsor Hand Made exhibition.
Changing the Landscape of Windsor-Essex: The McKee Treaty
June 1 to 30, 2022
In honour of Indigenous History Month, Museum Windsor will be displaying the original No. 2 Treaty, also known as McKee Treaty, on loan from Library and Archives Canada. This treaty was negotiated between the British and the Three Fires Confederacy and Huron (Wyandot) and was signed at Detroit in 1790. Don’t miss your chance to witness history in this seldom seen but critically important artifact in Changing the Landscape of Windsor-Essex: The McKee Treaty during the month of June only at the Chimczuk Museum.
Photograph: Some of the signatures found on the treaty.
The River and the Land Sustain Us
Featuring 2,705 square feet on the main floor concourse, this space features a bilingual 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.
Children's Gallery and Learning Space
Interactive. 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
At 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 60s Scoop, Language Revitalization, Missing and Murdered Women, Medicine Wheel Teachings, and Cultural Expressions.
Questions about the permanent exhibits, temporary/travelling exhibitions, tours and programs at the Chimczuk Museum? Reach out to us:
254 Pitt Street West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9A 5L5
Phone: For general information, call 311.
For detailed inquiries, please call (519) 253-1812.