Three Places to Purchase Locally Handcrafted Goods

Looking for something unique to commemorate your visit to Amherstburg? Why not begin at The Park House Museum, an 18th century building set up as a living museum?

The Park House Museum

The Park House Museum is well regarded by museums around the globe for its quality tinware, forged by committed volunteers who keep this centuries old trade alive. When you enter The Park House you are greeted by the shiny creations, which include handcrafted cookie cutters, candle holders, graters, Christmas ornaments, and the most beautiful tin lanterns! This museum and its volunteers do a fabulous job mixing the historical value of period pieces with relevant, pop-culture inspired designs. Be sure to check out the ‘muggle’!

The Museum is home to a meticulously kept tinware workshop, outfitted with original tools of the trade. By booking in advance you can arrange a tour or hands-on visitor experience in the tin shop!

It isn’t uncommon for movie production companies to request period tinware pieces for a set or two. In fact, the series ‘Alias Grace’ (written by the famous author Margaret Atwood) featured The Park House’s tinware throughout the production. If you had a glimpse of a washboard or tin cup in the series, you can be sure it was lovingly crafted here in Amherstburg!

Elio Del Col

Just a short stroll down the road is the rather unassuming gallery of Elio Del Col. The gallery is a heritage property and serves as a studio, gallery, and residence. Elio has experienced art in many forms as a graphic designer, printmaker, painter, sculptor and teacher.

You will quickly understand it is Elio’s love for the arts that draws you into his world, whether it be an intimate art class or a scheduled music performance. The diversity of his skills not only enables him to produce works of art in various mediums, but also a remarkably vast range of themes and styles. You are sure to find an artwork piece or two that speaks to your soul.

Gibson Art Gallery

Lastly, explore the authentic treasures at the Gibson Art Gallery which is housed in a heritage building that was once a historic Michigan Railroad station. The Gallery not only showcases a number of exhibits from April to November, but also hosts a gift shoppe that features artists from Amherstburg and the surrounding region. Artworks available for purchase may include jewelry, pottery, wood turnings, or lovingly knitted clothing.