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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.

Exhibits

The Canadian Automotive Museum has three gallery spaces on two floors. Explore the elegance of British and American cars in the main gallery before exploring Canada's automotive story upstairs.

Current Exhibitions at the Canadian Automotive Museum

Main Floor: Masterpieces from the McDougald Collection

McDougald Collection

Second Floor: Cars Built in Canada - 1900-1980

Canadian gallery

Lightning McQueen

On view December 1, 2017 - November 30, 2018

The Canadian Automotive Museum is excited to announce the arrival of a full scale model of Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars 3, now available on Blu-Ray™.  

The iconic main character from Pixar’s Cars animated film franchise, Lightning McQueen is part athlete, part stock car. McQueen is voiced in the films by actor Owen Wilson and was named after the late Pixar animator Glen McQueen, who passed away in 2002. According to Cars director John Lasseter, McQueen’s shape was influenced by sports cars like the Corvette C6 and Ford GT40, as well as sports stars Muhammad Ali, Charles Barkley and Joe Namath.

Lightning McQueen at CAM

Canada’s Car Stories

This exhibit was supported by the Young Canada Works in Building Careers in Heritage program. French translation provided with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Cette exposition est disponible en français. 

Canada’s automotive story began at the turn of the 20th century with local entrepreneurs and creative inventors experimenting with motorized carriages. Since then, the automobile has emerged as an integral part of Canadian society; influencing economy, geography, and culture from Newfoundland to the Yukon.

Canada’s Car Stories explores the shared automotive experiences that connect Canadians from across the country. From building and repairing to driving and displaying, discover how the car has shaped modern Canadian life.

Canada's Car Stories introduces visitors to Canada's unique automotive heritage.

Canada's Car Stories introduces visitors to Canada's unique automotive heritage.


A 1929 Chevrolet built in Regina, Saskatchewan.

A 1929 Chevrolet built in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Special Exhibit: General Motors in Western Canada

Sponsored by the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant.

Cette exposition est disponible en français. 

The General Motors plant in Regina, Saskatchewan represents an important era in the development of Western Canada and the peak of Canadian automotive production in the first half of the 20th century. On view is a 1929 Chevrolet built in Regina with its distinctive spoke wheels.

In 1928 General Motors Company of Canada constructed a manufacturing complex in Regina. At the time, Saskatchewan was experiencing unprecedented growth, becoming the third-most-populated province. When the stock market crashed in September 1929, automobile sales plummeted. GM shut the Regina Plant in 1930 and briefly reopened it for a few months in 1931. Between 1937 and 1939 it reopened once again before being taken over by the government for use as a munitions factory.

 
 

HRH The Prince of Wales in Montreal, 1919. Canadian Automotive Museum Collection

HRH The Prince of Wales in Montreal, 1919. Canadian Automotive Museum Collection

A Rolls-Royce for Royalty: Canadian Aristocracy after the Great War

Supported by a grant from the World War Commemorations Community Fund from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Cette exposition est disponible en français. 

Discover the story behind one of CAM's most intriguing vehicles, the 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, which was used by Edward, Prince of Wales in Montreal during his 1919 Royal Tour of Canada. The car was owned by several of Canada's most prominent citizens of the 20th century including Sir Mortimer Davis, Second Baron Shaunghessy, and financier Bud McDougald. The exhibit explores the vehicle's history and connections to Canadian history following the First World War.


Coming Soon to the Canadian Automotive Museum

Coming in 2018 - Ladybird and the Eaton Family: A Window into the Toronto Elite

Cette exposition est disponible en français. 

As vice president and pioneering restaurateur for the T. Eaton Company, Lady Flora (McCrea) Eaton was a cultural icon in early 20th century Toronto. Her chauffeured car, a 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost limousine, reflected the importance of her position and embodies the elegant lifestyle of Toronto's social elite. 

This exhibition was developed in cooperation with Sarah Harrison and Amanda Barbosa as part of their 2016/2017 Exhibition Class Project for their Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto

The interior of Ladybird - Lady Eaton's 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

The interior of Ladybird - Lady Eaton's 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost