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.

FAQs

The Canadian Automotive Museum has is located just minutes off of Highway 401 between Toronto and Kingston. 

How far is the museum from Toronto? Kingston? Ottawa? Buffalo?

The museum is 40 minute drive from downtown Toronto, 2 hours from Kingston, and 2.5 hours from Buffalo, NY, 3.75 hours from Ottawa, and 4 hours from Detroit.

Is the museum handicap accessible?

The main floor is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately, the second level of the museum can currently only be accessed by stairs. We offer free admission to those unable to access the second floor. 

Does the museum have parking? 

Yes, the museum has complimentary parking space in the adjacent lot on the south side of the building. Street parking in downtown Oshawa is free on the weekends. 

Do you have educational tours for school groups?  How do I arrange a visit?

Yes, we offer tours for groups of all ages. Contact the museum for more information. 

I would like to donate a vehicle, object, or photograph to the museum. Who do I contact?

Contact Alexander Gates, Curator, for inquiries about possible donations. 

Does the museum purchase automobiles? 

No, the CAM relies upon donations to increase its collection. 

Who operates the museum?

The Canadian Automotive Museum is an independent not-for-profit charity run by a Board of Directors and professional staff. 

How many cars are in the collection? Can I see them all?

The Canadian Automotive Museum currently maintains approximately 90 vehicles. While most are on display in the museum, several are stored on and off-site. 

When did the museum open?

The Canadian Automotive Museum opened to the public in September 1963. 

Does the museum offer tours of the GM facilities in Oshawa?

No, General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant no longer offers public tours .  

How can I support the Canadian Automotive Museum?

In addition to financial contribution the CAM is always looking for volunteers to assist with programs and research. 

How did you get the cars on the second floor?

The building was originally built as a car dealership back in the 1920s and contains the original freight elevator. Although rarely used, it is still operational for transporting cars, but not passengers.

Can I get lunch nearby?

Yes, there are several options for lunch and coffee within walking distance of the museum in downtown Oshawa. Staff and volunteers are happy to provide suggestions for local eateries before or after your tour. Just ask! 

Does the museum accept credit/Debit cards?

Yes, the Museum accepts most major credit cards and Interact direct debit. 

Does the museum accept payment in US dollars?

Yes, the Canadian Automotive Museum accepts US dollars at 1:1 with the Canadian dollar. 

Is photography permitted?

Yes, photography is permitted and we encourage visitors to share their images on social media. 

Does the museum have a gift shop? 

Yes, the Canadian Automotive Museum operates a small gift shop in the lobby featuring automotive books, posters, and t-shirts. 

Do you offer guided tours?

Public tours are scheduled every Saturday at 1pm year-round, and during special events. During summer months (June-August) student guides are available daily to give tours of the museum. Guided tours are available with pre-arranged group reservations of 10 or more.