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 26, 2017, 1pm
Aug
26
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 26, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Downtown Automotive Walking Tour
Aug
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

Downtown Automotive Walking Tour

In celebration of Canada 150 the Canadian Automotive Museum is running walking tours Sundays through Labour Day weekend. 

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. 

View Event →
Downtown Automotive Walking Tour
Sep
3
1:00pm 1:00pm

Downtown Automotive Walking Tour

In celebration of Canada 150 the Canadian Automotive Museum is running walking tours Sundays through Labour Day weekend. 

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. 

View Event →
Grandparents Day
Sep
10
1:00pm 1:00pm

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.   

View Event →
Library Magazine and Book Sale
Sep
30
10:00am10:00am

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. 

View Event →
Paranormal Investigation of CAM
Nov
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.com.

Please note this is an 18+ event. 

View Event →

Downtown Automotive Walking Tour
Aug
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Downtown Automotive Walking Tour

In celebration of Canada 150 the Canadian Automotive Museum is running walking tours Sundays through Labour Day weekend. 

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. 

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – August 19, 2017, 1pm
Aug
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 19, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Downtown Automotive Walking Tour
Aug
13
1:00pm 1:00pm

Downtown Automotive Walking Tour

In celebration of Canada 150 the Canadian Automotive Museum is running walking tours Sundays through Labour Day weekend. 

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. 

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – August 12, 2017, 1pm
Aug
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 12, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Canada's Car Stories Opening Reception
Aug
10
11:00am11:00am

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.

View Event →
Built in Oshawa: McLaughlin Carriages at the Oshawa Community Museum
Aug
6
12:30pm12:30pm

Built in Oshawa: McLaughlin Carriages at the Oshawa Community 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. 

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – August 5, 2017, 1pm
Aug
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 5, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Kids Day
Jul
29
to Jul 30

Kids Day

  • Canadian Automotive Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your kids to the museum on July 29 & 30 for an exciting day filled with arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, tour of the museum, balloon art, and a photo op session! This program is recommended for ages 5-12 with two sessions per day.

Activities to look forward to:

  • Get creative and design your own car logo
  • Take home a twisted balloon creation
  • Show us your crafting skills by building your own rubber band powered car
  • Be the first to complete the museum scavenger hunt and win prizes
  • Complete the day with a goofy photo session with props in our 1926 Chevrolet

Reservations are recommended as this program sold out last year. Admission is $5 per child that participates and parents/chaperonnes are admitted free! RSVP below or call 905-576-1222. 

Name *
Name
View Event →
Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jul
29
10:00am10:00am

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.

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – July 22, 2017, 1pm
Jul
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 22, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – July 15, 2017, 1pm
Jul
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 15, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – July 8, 2017, 1pm
Jul
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 8, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jul
3
10:00am10:00am

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.

View Event →
Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls
Jul
2
11:00am11:00am

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. 

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – June 24, 2017, 1pm
Jun
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 24, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jun
24
10:00am10:00am

Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour

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.

View Event →
Father's Day Tour
Jun
18
11:00am11:00am

Father's Day Tour

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
View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour - June 17, 2017, 1pm
Jun
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour - June 17, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – June 10, 2017, 1pm
Jun
10
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 10, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Cars & Cupcakes Walking Tour
Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

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.

View Event →
Gallery Highlights Tour – June 3, 2017, 1pm
Jun
3
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 3, 2017, 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.

View Event →
Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Announcement
Apr
20
11:00am11:00am

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Announcement

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

OTF Logo
View Event →
Easter Weekend Highlights Tour – April 15, 2017, 1pm
Apr
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

Easter Weekend Highlights Tour – April 15, 2017, 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.

View Event →
March Break Activities
Mar
10
to Mar 19

March Break Activities

  • Canadian Automotive Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →