The Lambton Heritage Museum opened in 1978 and was established to “preserve and interpret the history of Lambton County”. Owned and operated by the County of Lambton, we welcome residents and visitors to come explore and discover stories of Lambton County.
There are two main galleries as well as 7 outdoor buildings to explore. Our collection began with a donation from two private donors and has continued to grow by accepting donations of artifacts that help tell the history of the area.
Our main galleries are open year round and our outdoor buildings are open from mid-April to mid-December, weather permitting.
The County of Lambton believes creativity, culture and quality of place are fundamental to building a sustainable, prosperous and diversified economy in Lambton County and providing a superior quality of life for our residents.
The Lambton Heritage Museum tells the stories of Lambton County through the preservation and presentation of artifacts, culture and local history. We encourage the Lambton County community to experience their unique heritage through participatory museum programs and special events.
The Lambton Heritage Museum is hereby continued for the purpose of preserving enhancement and presentation of heritage, artifacts, culture and history of the County of Lambton and its surroundings.
The Collection Policy for The Lambton Heritage Museum and Oil Museum of Canada are currently combined in one policy, as part of By-Law No. 54 of 1981. The key components of this policy are:
- The collection of artifacts should, where possible, pertain to the history of the County of Lambton.
- Items should be declined if they are out of context, incomplete, duplicate objects presently in the collection, or if the site simply does not have accommodation for them.
- Any artifacts originating outside the immediate geographical area should have played an historical role within the area.
- Careful consideration should be given to an object’s appeal and usefulness when exhibited, and to its educational value with regard to relating the County’s history and development.
- As a general guideline, only artifacts that are more than 50 years old are collected. In a few cases, more recent items may be suitable to relate to a particular event in the history of the County.
- As long-term goals, the collection should develop in such a way that it interprets the histories and development of all geographical and political parts of Lambton County. Ideally, incoming items will relate to the most important aspects of those people and events for which Lambton is, or has been, famous.