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February Museum Listings in Windsor Essex

Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, February 29

Amherstburg Freedom Museum

February 1 – April 19, 2020
Journeys – ‘Journeys’ features original works of art with new additions from a group of local Black artists who form the committee of the Artists of Colour. The art works chosen are part of the first stage of the Journeys Project, an art exhibit that will celebrate and relay the story of Black enslavement and the long journey back to freedom. This exhibit shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to the first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change within the United States and Canada. Between 1840 and 1860, before the American Civil War, once-enslaved Africans followed the North Star on the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. That journey to freedom was long, dangerous and life-changing.
Opening Reception – Saturday February 8, 4 – 7pm, Donations Accepted

Tues – Fri 12 – 5pm, Sat and Sun 1 – 5pm
$7.50 Adult, $6.50 Student/Senior, $30 Family (5 or more people)
Amherstburg Freedom Museum
277 Kings St., Amherstburg


Permanent exhibits include The River and the Land Sustain Us, Original Peoples Culture and Legacy and the Children’s Gallery and Learning Space.

Temporary Exhibits
Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County – This new exhibit features historical maps from the Museum’s collection, some of which have never been on display. Learn about the interesting geographic history of the region and the evolving landscape of Windsor and the surrounding communities.

Bustles & Bows: Women’s Fashion from the Victorian Era to the 1920s  – Museum Windsor is excited to announce the opening of its new temporary exhibition Bustles & Bows: Women’s Fashion from the Victorian Era to the 1920s. This new exhibition presents viewers with an intimate look inside the lives of women from the Victorian period to the 1920s through their choices in fashion. On display will be a uniquely curated collection of artifacts including dresses, purses, hats, and other accessories. If you think fashion is the bee’s knees, make sure to check out our upcoming exhibit on historical fashion trends and styles. Official Opening February 15, 2020

Temporary Mini-Exhibits
Red Light Green Light – ‘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.

Snapshots of Windsor Essex Kent Beauties: 1950’s and 1960’s – 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.

Walking in a Windsor Wonderland – 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.

Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm
$5.50 Adult, $4.50 Student/Senior, $16 Family (Admission includes entrance to Maison Francois Baby House)
519.253.1812 x2530
Chimczuk Museum
401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor


The Duff-Baby House was built in 1798 and is named for its first two owners – Alexander Duff and James Baby. Recognized among the most significant late eighteenth-century landmarks in Upper Canada, today the Duff-Baby Interpretation Centre is used for educational programs and public meetings. Les Amis Duff-Baby, a local volunteer group, works with Museum Windsor to provide access to the centre, the house and the site. Museum staff utilize this facility for community outreach programs, local heritage meetings, and other Sandwich Town community activities.​​​​ The Duff Baby Interpretation Centre is open by appointment only, and for special programming throughout the year.

By Appointment Only
Duff-Baby Interpretation Centre
221 Mill St., Windsor


The Windsor area is the oldest continuously-inhabited French colony west of Montreal and was the first permanent European settlement in all of Ontario. As part of the Museum Expansion Project, The François Baby House (one of the oldest houses in Windsor) was renovated to house exhibitions highlighting aspects of Windsor’s history that were important to the history of this house. As this house was built by an early French-Canadian, François Baby, locating a permanent exhibition on the history of the French in this area is a perfect fit.

In addition to Windsor’s French Roots, other permanent exhibits include Windsor and the War of 1812, and Windsor and the 1838 Rebellion.

Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm
519.253.1812 x2530
Maison Francois Baby House
254 Pitt St., Windsor


Temporary Exhibits
Boblo Island Exhibit – This exhibit will look at the history of Boblo Island. This exhibit will showcase the artifacts in the museum’s archival collection and those on loan from the Marsh Collection.

Ongoing Exhibits
Loyalists & The Fur Trade – Come and see how this historic building is rooted in a romantic history, and learn of its role in the Fur Trade.

Medicine in History – In keeping the honour of Dr. Park alive, the Medicine in History Exhibit examines the shift in common medical practices, professionalism among women and the development of a bedside manner. In the midst of the Park House’s medical artifact collection, learn and see how a society maintained their health.  How have things really changed in the last 200 years? That is your answer to discover.

The Victorian Home – The Park House Museum was owned by the Park Family for over 100 years…hence the name. In commemoration to the height of its mercantile success, the main floor has been restored to the Park’s 1850’s residence and is our permanent display. In a home built without electricity and running water, come and explore how your ancestors lived without our modern convinces.

January 9 – March 4 By Appointment Only
$12 Family, $4 Adult, $3 Senior, $2.50 Child Ages 5 – 16, Free Child Ages 1 – 4
Park House Museum
214 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg

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