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. 

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 25, 2018, 1pm
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 25, 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 1, 2018, 1pm
Sep
1
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 1, 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 8, 2018, 1pm
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 8, 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 15, 2018, 1pm
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 15, 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 22, 2018, 1pm
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 22, 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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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 – 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 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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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 – 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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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 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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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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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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Paranormal Investigation of CAM
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Paranormal Investigation of CAM

Back by popular demand - the Paranormal Seekers return to the Canadian Automotive Museum. 

Join the Paranormal Seekers for a special late-night Halloween experience. Find out what haunts the CAM's nearly 100-year-old building and learn about the technology used to search for spirits. Tickets are $20 and this is a limited space event. The event will last approximately two hours. Two time slots are available - 6pm and 9pm. To reserve your spot email info@theparanormalseekers.ca.

Please note this is an 18+ event. 

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Spirits of the Automobile
Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

Spirits of the Automobile

The world of automobiles has its share of spooky stories and colourful characters. This year the CAM's volunteers will bring to life some of our favourite stories from the collection using first person interpretation. You'll get a chance to chat with John DeLorean, Sam McLaughlin, Lady Eaton and more! This special event is included with regular admission and is great for all ages.

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Author Talk: The Last Best Car - the 67X
Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Author Talk: The Last Best Car - the 67X

Regina-based author and automotive journalist Dale Johnson will discuss his new book, The Last Best Car - The 67-X.  The book tel ls the story of when legendary Hollywood car customizer George Barris was hired by Imperial Oil in Canada to create four exotic cars as prize giveaways at Esso service stations during Canada's 100th birthday in 1967. It was part of a promotional campaign to emphasize family travel by car, when Canadians were taking to the roads like never before in order to make the trip to the world's fair, Expo 67 in Montreal. George Barris also created the Batmobile and dozens of vehicles used in TV shows and movies. signing immediately after the presentation. Mr. Johnson will have a book  signing immediately following the talk.  This event is included with regular museum admission, CAM members free. No RSVP necessary.  

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Library Magazine and Book Sale
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Library Magazine and Book Sale

The Canadian Automotive Museum will have its first annual magazine and book sale during Doors Open Oshawa 2017.  Volunteers will be selling duplicate automotive magazines and books that have been donated in recent years. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to CAM Library projects. 

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Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Sep
17
9:00 AM09:00

Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The fifth annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance will showcase the CAM's 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A along with nearly one hundred other stunning vehicles. Located just north of Owen Sound, Ontario, the show is a must-see for those interested in antique and classic automobiles. Stop by the museum's space on the field to view our Isotta in a wonderful outdoor setting.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Canadian Automotive Museum has been invited to display cars at the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance. A special thank  you to the organizers for inviting us to participate. 

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Grandparents Day
Sep
10
1:00 PM13:00

Grandparents Day

Come to the Canadian Automotive Museum on Grandparent's Day for a fun afternoon with the grandchildren. Grandparents will receive free admission when they accompany a youth or child to the museum on Sunday, September 10. A special guided tour will take place at 1pm.   

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Canada's Car Stories Opening Reception
Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

Canada's Car Stories Opening Reception

Join us as we unveil our latest exhibition - Canada's Car Stories. The bilingual exhibit,  located in the south hallway, explores the social history of the automobile in Canada. Thanks to a Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage grant, our curatorial intern, Erin Tuckey, was able to spend four months researching and designing the display. A second thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage for assisting with the french translation expenses.

Remarks at 11:30am. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour

The Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour highlights the history of automotive manufacturing in downtown Oshawa. Downtown Oshawa has been home to the McLaughlin Carriage Company, McLaughlin Motor Company, and General Motors of Canada, but today only a few remnants of the city’s former industrial past remain in the downtown core. Expert guides will explore the streetscape and bring to life the people and places that made Oshawa “Canada’s Motor City.” The tour begins at the Canadian Automotive Museum, located in a former 1920s Chevrolet-Oakland car dealership. The tour then moves north to the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, and the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907. Social history will also be explored as the tour continues with a stop at Cupcake Goodness for a snack and discussion of the former union hall across the street. The tour ends with a walk by the former Genosha Hotel, along the former railroad line, now the Michael Starr Trail, and through Memorial Park ending back at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

Tour includes:

  • 45 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa
  • Local expert guide
  • Coffee and cupcake at Cupcake Goodness
  • Admission and guided tour of the Canadian Automotive Museum  

Tour tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Dress for all-weather conditions, tours run rain or shine.
  • Bring a camera

Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour for $15+HST. Children under 5 are free and do not require tickets.

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Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls
Jul
2
11:00 AM11:00

Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls

On July 12, 1939 a group of young women calling themselves The Bradford Model T Girls stopped for the evening in Oshawa on their way from Illinois to the New York World's Fair.   Before turning in, they learned of the local "Night Owl Club" and went there to dance - recording in their diary the names of the local gentlemen they met. 78 years late their Ford Model T will be returning to Oshawa as author and historian John Butte retraces these adventurous women's path across Canada. 

The famous Ford Model T will be on display outside of the museum and a presentation will take place at 11am. Presentation included with regular museum admission. 

About

John Butte is the author of the book Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls, which takes the reader along on 8 adventurous summer vacations in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in a Model T Ford Touring car, ‘Silver Streak’.  The vacationers, all young single women from Central Illinois, included his mother and aunt Eleanor.  The book also chronicle’s John’s successful search for the old car, finding it in Portland Oregon, having never been restored and returning it to Central Illinois in 2012.

Henry Ford’s Model T has been woven into the fabric of American history and culture like no other automobile, and the Silver Streak is a one-of-a-kind example of what the Model T was all about.  As owner and author John Butte is fond of saying, “It may not be the most beautiful Model T you’ll ever see, but it is an amazing piece of Americana.”  His research of both the car and the trips took him to The Henry Ford Museum where he and his wife uncovered photos and letters documenting two meetings the girls had with Henry Ford in Dearborn and four years of endearing correspondence with him.  Henry would serve as sort of a patron on three of the trips.

Darlene Dorgan, a “twenty something” Bradford, Illinois beautician began organizing summer vacations in her 1926 Model T starting in 1934.  Over a 9 year period in an era when young women usually stayed closer to home, they would crisscross the continent from New York to California searching for adventure and seemingly find it at every turn.  Their Depression Era travels included sleeping in country school yards, church yards and jails by night and by day meeting celebrities, movie stars and of course Henry Ford himself. 

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