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. 

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

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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. 

Canadian Car Tour
Jul
2
1:00 pm13:00

Canadian Car Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

Join us for a special tour of the Canadian gallery in honour of Canada Day. Learn about Canada's automotive pioneers and success stories, as well as con artists and scandals. This tour is included with regular admission, members free.

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jul
3
10:00 am10:00

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 8, 2017, 1pm
Jul
8
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 8, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 15, 2017, 1pm
Jul
15
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 15, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jul
22
10:00 am10:00

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 22, 2017, 1pm
Jul
22
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 22, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 29, 2017, 1pm
Jul
29
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 29, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Built in Oshawa: McLaughlin Carriages at the Oshawa Community Museum
Aug
6
12:30 pm12:30

Built in Oshawa: McLaughlin Carriages at the Oshawa Community Museum

  • Oshawa Museum

Discover the era of vehicle manufacturing in Oshawa before automobiles. The Oshawa Museum will be interpreting their collection of McLaughlin carriages made in Oshawa during the early 20th century. The tour is $5/adults and will take place at the Oshawa Museum. Afterwards come to the Canadian Automotive Museum at 2pm to continue the story, learning about cars manufactured in Oshawa. 

Built in Oshawa: Cars from McLaughlin to General Motors
Aug
6
2:00 pm14:00

Built in Oshawa: Cars from McLaughlin to General Motors

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

From McLaughlin to General Motors, learn the history of the cars manufactured over the last 100 years in Oshawa such as McLaughins, Buicks, and Chevrolets. Our knowledgeable guides will highlight cars manufactured at both the north and south plants in Oshawa. 

Kars on King Evening
Aug
25
4:00 pm16:00

Kars on King Evening

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum will remain open by donation from 4 to 6pm on Friday August 19 as part of Kars on King. Stop in and see what's new at the museum. 

Library Magazine and Book Sale
Sep
30
10:00 am10:00

Library Magazine and Book Sale

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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. 

Doors Open Oshawa 2017
Sep
30
10:00 am10:00

Doors Open Oshawa 2017

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum will open its doors for free during Doors Open Oshawa. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and complimentary family crafts will be available.

Spooky Halloween Tour
Oct
29
1:00 pm13:00

Spooky Halloween Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

Can a car be haunted? Find out during our special Halloween Tour. Volunteers will bring iconic automotive personalities to life and share spooky, scary, and entertaining stories related to cars on display. 

Winter Break Activities
Dec
27
Dec 30

Winter Break Activities

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum will have special family programming throughout the week of Winter Break. Holiday crafts and card making stations will be available with all activities included with admission.


Gallery Highlights Tour – June 24, 2017, 1pm
Jun
24
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 24, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

The Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour highlights the history of automotive manufacturing in downtown Oshawa. 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.

Father's Day Tour
Jun
18
11:00 am11:00

Father's Day Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

Is Dad a "car guy"? Then what better place to bring him on Father's Day than the Canadian Automotive Museum! Volunteer guides will be on hand for special Father's Day guided tours of the galleries at 11am and 1pm. Tours are included with admission, members free.

In 2017 the Canadian Automotive Museum has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN) of Durham Region in support of men's health. The PCCN will have volunteers on-site with information available on prostate cancer and men's health screenings.

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.

PCCN Durham Region
Gallery Highlights Tour - June 17, 2017, 1pm
Jun
17
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour - June 17, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

2017 Annual General Meeting
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

2017 Annual General Meeting

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

Members of the Canadian Automotive Museum are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting. Manager/Curator  Alex Gates will present to the membership on the state of the museum and future plans. Refreshments will be served. 

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 10, 2017, 1pm
Jun
10
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 10, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 3, 2017, 1pm
Jun
3
1:00 pm13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 3, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

Mother's Day Tour & Talk - Women and Automotive Design
May
14
1:00 pm13:00

Mother's Day Tour & Talk - Women and Automotive Design

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

Do you have a mother that loves cars? Bring her by the CAM on Mother's Day for a special guided tour of the galleries at 1pm. The tour will highlight cars that were owned and driven by remarkable women. Tour is included with regular admission.

 

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Announcement
Apr
20
11:00 am11:00

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Announcement

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum is proud to announce funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation as part of the Ontario150 infrastructure program. An official public launch event will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11am at the Canadian Automotive Museum with remarks by MPP Jennifer French. Stop by and enjoy refreshments and learn about the museum's 2017 renovation projects. This is a free public event. 

For more information on the Canadian Automotive Museum's 2017 infrastructure projects visit our Canada150 page

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Easter Weekend Highlights Tour – April 15, 2017, 1pm
Apr
15
1:00 pm13:00

Easter Weekend Highlights Tour – April 15, 2017, 1pm

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.

St. Patrick's Day Tour: Cars of England & Ireland
Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

St. Patrick's Day Tour: Cars of England & Ireland

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

DeLorean, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Vauxhall  - how many are you familiar with?  The Canadian Automotive Museum's St. Patrick's Day Tour will explore the lesser known stories behind the museum's diverse collection of British and Irish vehicles. 

March Break Activities
Mar
10
Mar 19

March Break Activities

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum is a great place to visit during March Break. Drop-in activities and crafts will be available for families throughout the week and tour guides will be available to answer questions.

Family Day at the Canadian Automotive Museum
Feb
20
9:00 am09:00

Family Day at the Canadian Automotive Museum

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum will extended its hours during Family Day to accommodate visitors. The CAM is a perfect place for families with young children to spend the day. Crafts, activities, and guided tours will be available throughout the day and are included with admission. Special guest Steve Fisher from Balloons with a Twist will be making balloon cars for visitors between 11am and 2pm.

 

Valentine's Day Tour
Feb
11
1:00 pm13:00

Valentine's Day Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

Romance is alive and well at the Canadian Automotive Museum this Valentine's Day weekend. 

Bring your "love bug" by the 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 for lunch or a coffee. This tour is included with regular admission to the museum.

Winter Innovations Tour
Jan
14
1:00 pm13:00

Winter Innovations Tour

  • Canadian Automotive Museum

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.