Chimczuk Museum Now Open
Windsor’s latest downtown attraction is now open!
The 11,000-square-foot Chimczuk Museum was officially opened by Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and members of City Council, along with a host of dignitaries and well-wishers today at a special ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Our Chimczuk Museum is a tremendous attraction with so much rich history to share,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “And now, between our new museum; the Art Gallery of Windsor; the François Baby House; the Capitol Theatre, home of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra; and our beautiful aquatics complex, we have a host of top quality family attractions for residents and visitors alike—all within our downtown core.”
The Chimczuk Museum occupies the main floor of 401 Riverside Drive West, while the Art Gallery of Windsor occupies floors two and three.
Funding sources for the $5.7 million project included nearly $2 million from the Government of Canada’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, over $3.3 million from the bequest of Joseph Chimczuk, and the remainder from the City of Windsor’s Capital Budgets. The Provincial Government also contributes to operations through the Community Museum Operating Grant.
As part of the project, Windsor’s Community Museum has rebranded to reflect its expanded scope. “Museum Windsor” encompasses the François Baby House, the Chimczuk Museum and the Interpretive Centre at the Duff-Baby House in Sandwich.
With the grand opening happening during heritage week, Museum Officials have rolled out the red carpet with tours and special programming at the Chimczuk Museum and Maison François Baby House, as well as the Art Gallery of Windsor, today (18th) and Saturday (20th). Both days are offered free to the public. To learn more, visit www.museumwindsor.ca.