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.

Facade Improvements

The Canadian Automotive Museum will commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017 with much needed improvements to its facility and exhibitions. Several projects are planned that will improve the visitor experience and the museum's ability to care for its priceless collection of Canadian automobiles. 

The Canadian Automotive Museum with its original facade. 

The Canadian Automotive Museum with its original facade. 

Exterior Facade Improvements (2017)

Estimated Cost: $180,000

August 2017 Status Update: $173,000 raised

Project Overview

The Canadian Automotive Museum's historic building was originally built as a Chevrolet-Oakland car dealership in the early 1920s. The museum property is a vital asset to the City of Oshawa, being the first impression for visitors when they reach the downtown core from Highway 401. Throughout the summer classic car enthusiasts bring their vehicles and an annual Show and Shine attracts local collectors the week leading up to Kars on King and Autofest. The museum exterior has been worn down by weather and vandalism for decades, giving it an unwelcoming appearance. New metal cladding will enclose the museum, adding much needed insulation while preserving the brick structure.  To ensure a vibrant space, graphics and murals will be added to the facade to bring new life to the building. While the facade improvements will be visually appealing, they will also reduce energy costs and improve the security of the museum's collection. 

The south side of the museum welcomes visitors to downtown Oshawa and hosts car clubs throughout the year. 

The south side of the museum welcomes visitors to downtown Oshawa and hosts car clubs throughout the year. 

New doors will improve the safety and security of the museum's collection. 

New doors will improve the safety and security of the museum's collection. 

Metal Cladding

The current facade on the front of the building will be continued around the rest of the museum. The current state of the brickwork is too costly for the museum to restore so metal cladding with a layer of insulation will encase the museum preserving the original structure. 

Project Update: Planned for September 2017

EXTERIOR DOORS

New emergency exit and loading dock doors will be installed at the rear of the museum. This is will increase the safety and security of the collection and reduce energy use. New loading doors will easily allow for loans to come and go from the museum, improving the quality and scope of exhibitions which can be developed. 

Project Update: Planned for September 2017

A new front sign for the Canadian Automotive Museum will attract more visitors.

A new front sign for the Canadian Automotive Museum will attract more visitors.

MUSEUM SIGNAGE

Improved street presence will attract both local residents and tourists to the museum. With two new hotels recently opened just north of the museum in downtown Oshawa, the Canadian Automotive Museum will serve as a landmark for those arriving from Highway 401. A new illuminated front sign will advertise the museum to the 5,000+ vehicles that pass by on Simcoe Street daily raising awareness for those who live in north Oshawa. The sign will be attached to the southwest corner of the building, making it visible from as far away as the intersection of John and Simcoe Streets. 

Project Update: Completed August 2017

A tree on the museum property will be removed to prevent damage to the museum's foundation and roof. 

A tree on the museum property will be removed to prevent damage to the museum's foundation and roof. 

TREE REMOVAL

Two trees growing in the corner of the museum will be removed as part of the facade improvement project. These trees were damaged during a strong storm in 2016 and several limbs have already fallen on the roof. Leaves from the tree clog the drain pipes and the roots are affecting the foundation. Once the facade improvements are completed, new greenery will be added to the property to reduce heat and beautify the property.

Project Update: Completed April 2017

New exterior lighting will improve the safety of the museum parking lot and downtown Oshawa. 

New exterior lighting will improve the safety of the museum parking lot and downtown Oshawa. 

SAFETY LIGHTING

Improved lighting will be installed along the exterior of the building to provide safety and security to the Canadian Automotive Museum's parking lot. This will increase the museum's ability to host evening events and reduce vandalism in downtown Oshawa. The Canadian Automotive Museum actively works with the City of Oshawa and Downtown Oshawa BIA to enhance the south side of the downtown to make it a clean and safe place to visit. 

Project Update: Planned for October 2017


Explore other Canada 150 initiatives at the Canadian Automotive Museum

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Upgrades

Canada's Car Stories Exhibition

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

How You Can Help

The Canadian Automotive Museum currently raising funds to match a grant from the Canada 150 Infrastructure Fund. Please contact Alex Gates, Manager/Curator at 905-576-1222 or submit the contact form below for more information on how you can support this and other initiatives. 

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