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. 

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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Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 18, 11am
Jun
18
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 18, 11am

The Automotive Walking Tour highlights the history of auto 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 includes the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907, the former union hall, the former Genosha (General Motors Oshawa) Hotel, and the former rail yards that are now home to the Michael Starr Trail.

Tour includes:

  • 60 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa's automotive heritage sites
  • Local expert guide
  • 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

This tour is included with regular admission and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour. No RSVP necessary. 

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Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 23, 11am
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 23, 11am

The Automotive Walking Tour highlights the history of auto 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 includes the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907, the former union hall, the former Genosha (General Motors Oshawa) Hotel, and the former rail yards that are now home to the Michael Starr Trail.

Tour includes:

  • 60 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa's automotive heritage sites
  • Local expert guide
  • 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

This tour is included with regular admission and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour. No RSVP necessary. 

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Gallery Highlights Tour – June 23, 2018, 1pm
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 23, 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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Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 25, 11am
Jun
25
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 25, 11am

The Automotive Walking Tour highlights the history of auto 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 includes the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907, the former union hall, the former Genosha (General Motors Oshawa) Hotel, and the former rail yards that are now home to the Michael Starr Trail.

Tour includes:

  • 60 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa's automotive heritage sites
  • Local expert guide
  • 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

This tour is included with regular admission and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour. No RSVP necessary. 

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Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 30, 11am
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 30, 11am

The Automotive Walking Tour highlights the history of auto 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 includes the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907, the former union hall, the former Genosha (General Motors Oshawa) Hotel, and the former rail yards that are now home to the Michael Starr Trail.

Tour includes:

  • 60 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa's automotive heritage sites
  • Local expert guide
  • 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

This tour is included with regular admission and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour. No RSVP necessary. 

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Gallery Highlights Tour – June 30, 2018, 1pm
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 30, 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 – June 16, 2018, 1pm
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 16, 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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Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 16, 11am
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 16, 11am

The Automotive Walking Tour highlights the history of auto 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 includes the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907, the former union hall, the former Genosha (General Motors Oshawa) Hotel, and the former rail yards that are now home to the Michael Starr Trail.

Tour includes:

  • 60 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa's automotive heritage sites
  • Local expert guide
  • 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

This tour is included with regular admission and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour. No RSVP necessary. 

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Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 11, 11am
Jun
11
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 11, 11am

The Automotive Walking Tour highlights the history of auto 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 includes the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907, the former union hall, the former Genosha (General Motors Oshawa) Hotel, and the former rail yards that are now home to the Michael Starr Trail.

Tour includes:

  • 60 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa's automotive heritage sites
  • Local expert guide
  • 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

This tour is included with regular admission and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour. No RSVP necessary. 

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Gallery Highlights Tour – June 9, 2018, 1pm
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 9, 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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Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 9, 11am
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Oshawa Automotive Walking Tour - June 9, 11am

The Automotive Walking Tour highlights the history of auto 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 includes the site of the former McLaughlin Carriage Factory, the site of the production of the first McLaughlin-Buick automobile in 1907, the former union hall, the former Genosha (General Motors Oshawa) Hotel, and the former rail yards that are now home to the Michael Starr Trail.

Tour includes:

  • 60 minute guided tour of downtown Oshawa's automotive heritage sites
  • Local expert guide
  • 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

This tour is included with regular admission and tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the museum the day of the tour. No RSVP necessary. 

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Gallery Highlights Tour – June 2, 2018, 1pm
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 2, 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 – May 26, 2018, 1pm
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – May 26, 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 neccessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – May 19, 2018, 1pm
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – May 19, 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 neccessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – May 5, 2018, 1pm
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – May 5, 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 neccessary.

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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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Gallery Highlights Tour – April 28, 2018, 1pm
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – April 28, 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 neccessary.

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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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