Hours: Updated Hours
50’s Diner: Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday): 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cruise-In nights (Thursdays): 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cash bar open till 8:00 pm
Museum & Village: Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday): 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
"Spend a day, experience a century! Discover a century of vintage automobiles in our "state of the art" transportation museum and then stroll through our Historic 1800's Village, drop in at the Windsor Wood Carving Museum located in the basement of our 1885 United Church or take a tour of our Emergency Medical Services Museum. So much to see! So much to do!"
Henry Ford would have felt right at home her at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village. In fact, in addition to the numerous Model Fords currently on display in our Transportation Museum, we have a beautiful pump organ on display in our 1889 Miner Homestead, which was a gift from Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to Jack and Leona Miner. Henry Ford is said to have spent many Sunday breakfasts at the Miner Homestead.
We serve many Sunday breakfasts in our 50's diner and have unique items for sale in our gift shop. Whether you plan to make a day of it, or you are just passing through, the Canadian Transportation Museum is one of those hidden treasures you just can't afford to miss out on! The museum houses original and fully restored hallmark vehicles from the 19th and 20th century, from horse drawn wagons to a Dodge Viper; many vehicles that were made right here in South-western Ontario. Guided tours are available during regular hours.
Call for details or visit us at www.ctmhv.com and like us on Facebook!
The History of the Kingsville Military Museum
In 1980s the members of Branch 188 of The Royal Canadian Legion started collecting Memorabilia from their days in service to show younger people that the good life enjoyed today is because of the efforts and sacrifices made by those who had gone to war. Soon they had accumulated enough items to display.
In 1987 a 45 foot semi-trailer was donated and the members built display cases for their uniforms, medals and weapons. This trailer became known at the Mobile Museum.
This Mobile Museum toured local towns, schools and fairs throughout Southern Ontario. Charlie Campbell who was a tail gunner in a Lancaster Heavy Bomber during WWII travelled with other veterans to answer questions and share military information.
At one occasion at an air show, a man approached Charlie and told him that he had something for the museum. Charlie told the man to put it in the trailer and then he went for a drink. When Charlie returned to the trailer, he discovered a 15 foot torpedo inside. It was brought back to Kingsville and is located outside in the fenced in area.
This collection of memorabilia soon outgrew the trailer. An old warehouse that was on this property, owned by the Conklin Lumber and Mill Yard was rented and refurbished into a museum.
On November 25th of 1993 the museum was incorporated as the Kingsville Historical Park Inc. On May 10, 1993 the letter of patent was signed by the following Charter Directors: Charles Campbell, David Clare, Fred Jarrold, Donald Laird, Douglas Laird, Dorothy Martin, Frank Reneau, Brian Sanford, John Slater and Jean Walton.
But by 1997 the old warehouse was in bad shape and had to be demolished so a new building was constructed. Volunteers spent days, weeks and months working on the construction and the new building was officially opened on August 12th, 2000.
In October 2021 the museum was rebranded as the Kingsville Military Museum with ribbon cutting by the Deputy-Mayor Gord Queen and councilors in attendance.
Today we feature items that belonged to servicemen who were in the military from the Boer War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Afghanistan and on Peacekeeping Missions.
There is also a town designated Heritage Homes display and other items from the farming and fishing community.
Our Research Library contains numerous volumes of donated research material available upon request.
Volunteers past and present are proud of their accomplishments towards the development of the Museum and grounds. Several have passed on, but we know they would say “Job Well Done!”
The mission of the Kingsville Military Museum (Kingsville Historical Park) is to provide information for future generations pertaining to the sacrifices of the men and women in the military as well as the contributions of early settlers and native Canadians to the life style we presently enjoy in this county.
It's Your Memory
It's Our History
It's Worth Saving
"We do not glorify the acts of war, but remember the consequences and the cost of our freedom. Future generations must learn about man's inhumanity to man so they, in turn will value man's humanity." Charlie Campbell, WWII Veteran
The goals of the Kingsville Military Museum is
- to promote public interest in the history of the Kingsville are.
- to conduct and promote historical research
- collect and preserve artifacts pertinent to Kingsville and Essex County history
- maintain a library and museum using its facilities for educational purposes
- instill in the youth of the area a respect and interest in the past sacrifices made by War Veterans, towards the preservation of freedom and peace.
The museum has the same standards as an operating museum by following the guidelines outlined for museums and Archives in the Province of Ontario when funding permits.
The corporation is a not for profit registered Charity under the Income Tax Act with the Registration Number of 891455149RR0001.
Any donations by cheque must be made out to Kingsville Historical Park Inc. as that is the corporation name.
Business Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9am – 1pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
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Kingsville Historical Park Museum Video
Jack Miner became the founder of the migratory waterfowl refuge system by creating the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1904. It is located on the Miner property in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. Five years later he pioneered the banding of migrating waterfowl; the recovery data was instrumental in the establishment of the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1916 between the United States of America and Canada as no government banding programs had been in existence at that time.
The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation was established in 1931 in the United States and in 1936 in Canada to continue the good work of Jack Miner. The Foundation is a charitable organization that operates solely on grants and the generosity of private and corporation donations. The Board of Directors and staff are responsible for the ongoing operations of the Foundation. The Jack Miner Museum houses the Miner Family memorabilia from the late 1800’s when the family’s brick and tile manufacturing plant was in operation. Jack Miner was acquainted with some of the most famous people of his era. See letters and photos from distinguished visitors such as Henry Ford and Ty Cobb. The museum is filled with period photography from some of the most influential photographers of Jack Miner’s generation. Also on display are Jack Miner’s actual lecture clothing and the detailed steps in creating his autobiography, ‘WILD GOOSE JACK’.
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To learn more about The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary, check out this video!