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Past Exhibits

Rodney 91st Battalion

Friday, January 1, 2016 to Friday, December 30, 2016

Artifacts and photographs from the battle front and the home front; highlights include the departure of the 91st Battalion (Elgin’s Own) for England, and a Wall of Remembrance for the men who  didn’t come home.
Apple Parer

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, December 23, 2016

A tour through the museum’s collection of labour-saving, time-saving and just plain inventive machines and contraptions of the 19th century. Highlighted  by a new interactive piece from London artist Ron Milton.
Pressed Glass Goblet

Monday, May 2, 2016 to Saturday, September 3, 2016

A large selection of late 19th and early 20th century pressed glass on loan from a number of private and public collections. Organized by Glasfax, an association of Canadian glass collectors. 
World War One Sketch of a truck

Monday, February 1, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016

An exhibition of over 30 original sketches of people and places near the Canadian lines during WWI by H.W. Cooper whose work appeared in Macleans Magazine and other publications before the war.   Macleans published a number of his sketches and letters in 1918 in a series of articles which are reproduced in the exhibit. Also included are a number of paintings by Ross Osgoode an artist from St. Thomas who served in the war and produced  views of a number of landmarks as he saw them...
General Currie

Monday, May 2, 2016 to Saturday, July 30, 2016

Meet Canada’s foremost WWI general, and native of Strathroy. Follow the experience of the Canadian troops as they grow in number and ability, eventually to be led by a Canadian and to fight as a unit.  Exhibit includes photographs and WWI artifacts. 
Monarch Butterfly

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 to Thursday, December 24, 2015

Follow the Monarch on its flight from the shores of Lake Erie to Mexico through the colourful and detailed photography of Francisco Gutierrez, naturalist and ultra-light aircraft pilot. Also featured is a selection of work by several prominent Elgin County nature photographers and artists. From the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum  
Historical Undergarments

Monday, May 11, 2015 to Saturday, August 29, 2015

Undergarments have been worn since the dawn of fashion to protect outer clothing from perspiration and soiling, while providing warmth, modesty and support for the body. However, undergarments have also been used to pad and bind the figure into exaggerated fashionable silhouettes. This exhibition is a visual journey through the sensational corsets, crinolines, bustles, and bras that have been used to idealize the female form since the 18th century. Organized and circulated by the Fashion...
Avro Arrow

Monday, February 2, 2015 to Friday, April 24, 2015

The Arrow lives on in the imagination of many Canadians.Get a "behind the scenes" look at the story of its demise. 
War of 1812 reenactment

Saturday, September 20, 2014 to Tuesday, December 23, 2014

1814 is a new exhibit focusing on the final year of the war. In late 1813, following losses at the Battles of the Thames and Lake Erie, British troops withdrew to Burlington Heights leaving the region open to US raids. The exhibit is composed of a number of weapons and uniforms on loan from the Canadian Military Heritage Museum as well as a series of panels detailing the events and personalities related to the war in Elgin County. 
Blue Dress

Monday, January 6, 2014 to Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Elgin County Museum highlights some of its best-known artifacts with a new show entitled Treasures from the Vault. The exhibit has something for everyone from kitchen gadgets to sports memorabilia. Among the “Treasures” is an 1898 Port Stanley life saving metal, the blue dress worn by Susan Paul to the Prince of Wales ball in 1860, an 1885 high wheel bicycle, trophies and ribbons from sportsmen Robert Emslie and Billy Devine and Col. Talbot’s chair. Part of the museum...