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.

School Tours

The Canadian Automotive Museum is a great destination for school tours for Oshawa and Durham Region schools. Guided school tours of the galleries can be combined with crafts and activities customized for every class. 

School Field Trips to the Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum's galleries can accommodate large school field trips. 

Choose your road to discovery through interactive tours, hands-on activities, or self-guided exploration. Using Canada’s most significant collection of cars as the starting line, students will examine automobiles as engineering feats, historical artefacts, and hand-crafted works of art. Give your students the keys to learning by scheduling your school tour today!

The Canadian Automotive Museum is a great place to bring school groups from pre-K to university. The Canadian Automotive Museum is open for school tours year-round, so there is never a bad time to motor on down for a fun and educational field trip that explores automotive history. Located 40 minutes from downtown Toronto, the museum is an easy field trip for GTA schools. 

School Tour Reservations

Schools, scouts and girl guides, youth community organizations, and home school groups are eligible for school group admission rates and program options. A minimum of 10 students are required for a group booking. Group visits must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance and are subject to availability. Tour guides are provided for every school group unless a self-guided experience is requested. Educators are invited to visit the Canadian Automotive Museum free of charge to preview the museum before arranging a field trip.

School tours of the Canadian Automotive Museum make for a great day in downtown Oshawa. 

2017-2018 School Tour Admission Rates (for 10+ students):

Students (Pre-K through Grade 8) - $3

Students (High school, college, university) - $5

Teacher(s) / Home School Organizer(s) – Free

Bus Driver(s) – Free

Additional Adult Chaperon(s) – $5


Complimentary parking is available for school buses and vans in the gravel lot behind the Canadian Automotive Museum. 


The Canadian Automotive Museum cannot currently accommodate school groups for lunch. Groups looking for lunch options are encouraged to utilize Oshawa’s Memorial Park or combine their visit to the Canadian Automotive Museum with another Oshawa museum. 

Guided Tour Experience

Our expert tour guides encourage critical thinking skills with thematic tours of the collection. Tours are conducted in small groups and range from 30 to 60 minutes depending on student ages. For younger audiences, tours focus on analyzing the evolving design of a vehicle’s exterior body and making comparisons with modern cars. Older students will enjoy learning how automotive technology has advanced over time to make cars faster, safer, and more fuel efficient. Students will be get to compare gas, electric, and even steam engines up close! Contact the Canadian Automotive Museum and we will be glad to arrange a special tour for any age level or subject.

The Canadian Automotive Museum's tour guides are happy to share our "car-tooning" activity with your school group. 

“Car-tooning” Activity

An optional "car-tooning" activity is available as part of your tour of the Canadian Automotive Museum. Students will review how car designs have evolved over time before using their imagination to draw a customized car of their own.

Explore Oshawa - Canada's Motor City

Looking to combine your visit to the Canadian Automotive Museum with lunch or another museum? Explore other area attractions and plan the perfect trip to Oshawa. The Oshawa Museum and Parkwood Estate compliment Canada's automotive history telling the story of the McLaughlin Carriage company and the personal life of the McLaughlin family. Students will also enjoy a trip to the Ontario Regiment Museum to view Canadian military tanks up close. Are your students intrigued by automotive design? Combine a trip to the Canadian Automotive Museum with a tour of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) just a 3 minute walk away. 


Please submit the form below for more information or to make a tour reservation request. You may also contact the Canadian Automotive Museum by phone, 905-576-1222, or email, 

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