Chimczuk Museum Exhibits

Visitors explore exhibits at the Chimczuk Museum
Chimczuk Museum Exhibits

Temporary Exhibits

Chariots of Fire: A History of Windsor’s Firefighting Equipment

Temporary Exhibit
Opens April 6, 2024

Developed by Guest Curators Walter McCall and Jeff Topliffe, Chariots of Fire explores the history of the Windsor Fire Department (W.F.D.) through some of the unique and innovative pieces of firefighting equipment and machinery that were used in the past. The exhibition features historical photographs, firefighting equipment, badges, and other unique items rarely seen by the public.

Photograph: 1936 LaFrance aerial truck at W.F.D. headquarters on Pitt Street East, courtesy of Walter McCall.
1936 LaFrance aerial truck at W.F.D. headquarters on Pitt Street East, courtesy of Walter McCall

Health in Space: Daring to Explore

Temporary Exhibit
February 10 to May 5, 2024

Health in Space is the exciting new exhibition that demystifies the health challenges - such as variable gravity, radiation, and isolation - that astronauts face while living and working in space. Through authentic artifacts and captivating interactive activities, this exhibition will engage visitors to better understand Canada’s role in advancing health research.

This exhibit was developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, one of three museums under Ingenium - Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency.

Photograph: Health in Space: Daring to Explore exhibition, courtesy of Ingenium.

Health in Space, Daring to Explore exhibition, courtesy of Ingenium

Mary Ann Shadd Cary Bicentennial Display

Temporary Display
November 4, 2023 to July 2024

Museum Windsor is excited to announce the opening of a new display honouring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mary Ann Shadd Cary. The display includes biographical information and a few period-appropriate artifacts from the museum's collection. Special thanks to Guest Curator Irene Moore Davis, the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Library and Archives Canada, The Toronto Public Library, and Archives of Ontario.

Photograph: Portrait of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, circa 1855-1860, courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Portrait of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, circa 1855-1860, courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Lebanese Community of Windsor

Temporary Display

Opens March 30, 2024

Created by Guest Curator Natasha Feghali, this display features photographs and artifacts that showcase local Lebanese history and culture.

Photograph: Lebanese Youth Group from St. Simeon Melkite Church visiting an orchard/farm in Lebanon.Lebanese Youth Group from St. Simeon Melkite Church visiting an orchard/farm in Lebanon

Permanent Exhibits

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.

Visitors viewing the A to Z wall

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.

Children participating in cut-and-paste crafts

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.
Wooden sculpture of Tecumseh

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.
Temporary Exhibits Flickr Album Joseph Chimczuk Art Gallery of Windsor