This past December 2, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Windsorite, Joseph Chimczuk, who left his $1 million estate to the Corporation of The City of Windsor to “build a building to be known as the Chimczuk Museum for use as cultural museum and archives and library.”
Chimczuk Museum will open to the public after decades of protracted discussion and debate, his dream has finally been realized.
It opens February on the main floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor building on Riverside Drive. With over 11,000 square feet of floor space, including 5 exhibit and gallery spaces, the museum floor plan has been designed to follow a logical journey tracing Windsor’s history from earliest times through to the present. The concourse is spacious and very bright.
Under the direction of Museum Windsor Curator, Madelyn DellaValle, the Chimczuk Museum includes a Children’s Gallery with dynamic exhibits and interactive opportunities. There is plenty of new space that may be configured as an auditorium for programming, or for travelling and temporary exhibits and exhibitions.
Visitors will experience the early fur trade, the French settlement among the Hurons, the birth and continued growth of the automotive industry and so much else that brings to life this region’s diverse history.
As a lifelong Windsorite, I am one of a legion of residents who have eagerly sought for years to have a dedicated space worthy enough to tell
our important story to others. In my opinion, the Chimczuk Museum has achieved this goal.
Partnering in the same building with the highly acclaimed Art Gallery of Windsor, this quirky looking Riverside Drive nautical building is sure to be an even bigger drawing card for both Windsorites and tourists alike.
Joe interviews Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
Joe talks with Chimczuk Museum curator Madelyn DellaValle
Story, photos and interviews by Joe McParland.