Contact the Canadian Automotive Museum

 

 

99 Simcoe Street South
Central Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G7

(905) 576-1222

Since 1963 the Canadian Automotive Museum has preserved and shared the history of the Canadian automotive industry.

Event Calendar

The Canadian Automotive Museum has year-round programming including tours, family activities, and receptions. 

Exhibition Opening - Junk in Your Trunk
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

Exhibition Opening - Junk in Your Trunk

Since its invention at the turn of the 20th century, the automobile has significantly changed Canadian ways of living. As the demand for consumer goods increased, vehicles became a necessity for many Canadian households. The trunk quickly became an essential part of the car.

Automobiles are more than just people-movers. From suitcases, to shopping bags, to hockey skates and golf clubs, the car has evolved to hold the stuff of our busy lives. Launching in November 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum, Junk in your Trunk explores how the automobile has become a tool and product of our modern-day consumer culture. Visitors will discover the unique history of the trunk, explore vehicle storage designs overflowing with innovation, and explore consumer culture through automotive advertisements, photographs, and historic vehicles.

This exhibit is presented by Myseum of Toronto and runs November 1 - 31, 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum with an opening reception on Friday, November 16 from 1-3pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public, with remarks at 1:30pm.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – November 17, 2018, 1pm
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – November 17, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Curatorial Tour - Trunks and Frunks
Nov
20
1:00 PM13:00

Curatorial Tour - Trunks and Frunks

Join CAM Curator Alex Gates as we explore the luggage racks, trunks and frunks (front trunks) in the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. The tour will offer a behind-the-scenes opportunity to explore the history of luggage storage on early vehicles and the evolution of trunk space. Vehicles on the tour include the DeLorean and Manic with their small front storage areas, and several Rolls-Royces with elegant storage compartments.

This tour is included with regular admission, members free. No rsvp necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – November 24, 2018, 1pm
Nov
24
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – November 24, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – November 10, 2018, 1pm
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – November 10, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – November 3, 2018, 1pm
Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – November 3, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Family Halloween Tour
Oct
31
1:00 PM13:00

Family Halloween Tour

Can a car be haunted? Join "Count Bob" and find out during our annual family-friendly Halloween Tour of the Canadian Automotive Museum. We will share spooky, scary, and entertaining stories related to cars on display. This tour is included with regular admission and members are free. No rsvp is necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – October 27, 2018, 1pm
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – October 27, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – October 20, 2018, 1pm
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – October 20, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Spirits of the Automobile
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Spirits of the Automobile

Spirits of the Automobile is a family-friendly event that connects visitors with the personalities behind the automobiles. There will be new characters, new stories, and even a few news cars on display since last year. This interactive event allows visitors to discuss the automobiles with historic characters, gaining new insight into their lives and relationships with the cars.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – October 13, 2018, 1pm
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – October 13, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – October 6, 2018, 1pm
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – October 6, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – September 29, 2018, 1pm
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 29, 2018, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

McLaughlin Day Tour

Join us for a special downtown Oshawa walking tour combined with the museum's collection of vehicles built in Oshawa in honour of McLaughlin Day (Civic Holiday). The tour will trace the history of the cars manufactured over the last 100+ years in Oshawa such as McLaughlin-Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Chevrolets. This tour is included with regular admission, members free.

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Kids Day - Sunday
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Day - Sunday

Bring your kids to the museum for an exciting day filled with arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, family-friendly tours of the museum, and check out the star of Disney/Pixar's Cars 3 - Lightning McQueen! Our awesome friends from Balloons with a Twist will be back this year giving away balloon creations to all of our attendees. They'll be onsite from 11am to 2pm both days.

Activities to look forward to - get creative and design your own personalized license plate, be the first to complete the museum scavenger hunt and win prizes, and finish the day with a goofy photo session with props in our 1926 Chevrolet

No reservations required. R
egular admission rates apply, members free. This program is recommended for ages 3-10.

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Kids Day - Saturday
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Day - Saturday

Bring your kids to the museum for an exciting day filled with arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, family-friendly tours of the museum, and check out the star of Disney/Pixar's Cars 3 - Lightning McQueen! Our awesome friends from Balloons with a Twist will be back this year giving away balloon creations to all of our attendees. They'll be onsite from 11am to 2pm both days.

Activities to look forward to - get creative and design your own personalized license plate, be the first to complete the museum scavenger hunt and win prizes, and finish the day with a goofy photo session with props in our 1926 Chevrolet

No reservations required. R
egular admission rates apply, members free. This program is recommended for ages 3-10.

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Father's Day 2018
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Father's Day 2018

The Canadian Automotive Museum is a great place to bring Dad for Father's Day. The museum will have tours available throughout the day and volunteers available to answer questions. Our friends at Hagerty Insurance will be onsite with complimentary coffee and a few extra special cars on display in the parking lot.  Make it a full day in Oshawa and combine your visit with lunch and a trip to the Ontario Regiment Museum. Check out the full lineup of events.

Can't make the tour? A Canadian Automotive Museum Gift Pass is the perfect present for all occasions. Stop by the museum gift shop to pick one up or order one over the phone at 905-576-1222.

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OTF Grant Announcement
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

OTF Grant Announcement

Members and friends are invited to the Canadian Automotive Museum on Friday, May 4 at 11am for an OTF grant announcement. MPP Jennifer French will be announcing the details of a $71,500 capital grant received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This OTF grant is part of a multi-year program to update the electrical, plumbing, and fire suppression systems in our century-old, former automotive dealership building. There will be brief remarks shortly after 11:00am and light refreshments will be served.

 

 
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Author Talk: The First American Grand Prix
Apr
8
1:00 PM13:00

Author Talk: The First American Grand Prix

Spectators have been enthralled by car racing since the first automobiles hit the roads. Author Tanya Bailey will take her audience back to the early days racing when pot holes were filled straw and safety went little beyond wearing goggles. Bailey has recently been working with the Canadian Automotive Museum as part of her Master's degree program. Her racing images and anecdotes are both entertaining and relevant for modern car enthusiasts. This talk is not to be missed, so mark you calendar!

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Easter Weekend Highlights Tour – March 31, 2018, 1pm
Mar
31
1:00 PM13:00

Easter Weekend Highlights Tour – March 31, 2018, 1pm

Join us Easter Saturday for fun and informative tour of the Canadian Automotive Museum. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels.

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Family Day 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum
Feb
19
9:00 AM09:00

Family Day 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum is the perfect place for families with young children to spend Family Day 2018. Crafts, activities, and guided tours will be available throughout the day and are included with admission. This year children will be able to make their own racing goggles, take home a balloon race car, and get their picture taken with Lightning McQueen. Special guest Steve Fisher from Balloons with a Twist will be making balloon cars for visitors between 11am and 2pm.

 Get your picture with Lightning McQueen during Family Day 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

Get your picture with Lightning McQueen during Family Day 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

The Canadian Automotive Museum will be open extended hours during Family Day, Monday, February 19, 2018, to accommodate visitors - 9am to 5pm.

 

 

 

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Valentine's Day Tour
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Valentine's Day Tour

Romance is alive and well at the Canadian Automotive Museum Valentine's Day weekend 2018 in downtown Oshawa. 

Bring your "love bug" by the Canadian Automotive Museum for a tour of the gallery featuring automotive love stories. Expert tour guides will explore stories of love and loss related to automobiles on display. Discover the history behind the iconic Rolls-Royce's hood ornament, learn the intriguing tale behind a Canadian knight and a Italian countess, and hear the last romantic words of Isadora Duncan before her untimely death in a Bugatti. 

Make a date of it and take your sweetheart to a local establishment in downtown Oshawa for lunch or a coffee. This tour is included with regular admission to the museum. Members free.

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Winter Innovations Tour
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Innovations Tour

Heated seats, snow tires, and window defrosters oh my! What would we do in Canada without automotive innovations that keep us safe and dry during winter weather? Join our guides as they use the collection to explore the history of winter driving in Canada. This tour is included with admission. Members free. 

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Holiday Open House 2017
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Holiday Open House 2017

Stop by the museum after work and enjoy some holiday cheer at the Canadian Automotive Museum. Festive music will be played live by Toronto-based pianist Jonah Cristall-Clarke and hot beverages and seasonal snacks will be served. Bring the kids and they can take home a car-themed holiday craft and card. While in the museum check out the new items in the gift shop that make excellent stocking stuffers - including gift passes. This event is free and open to the public.

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Cars & War Tour
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Cars & War Tour

Board member Greg Johnston will lead a tour focusing on the military stories and connections in the museum's permanent collection. Discover the role automotive manufactures played in both World Wars from Canada and Britain, to Italy and Spain. Tour included with regular admission, members free.

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