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.

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Nearby Attractions

Oshawa is home to several other museums including the Oshawa Community Museum, Parkwood Estate, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the Ontario Regiment Museum. 

The Ontario Regiment Museum features Canada's largest collection of working tanks and military vehicles.

The Ontario Regiment Museum features Canada's largest collection of working tanks and military vehicles.

The Ontario Regiment Museum

The Ontario Regiment Museum (ORM) maintains Canada's largest collection of operational military vehicles. Their popular Tank Saturdays are an experience for visitors of all ages to see vintage military equipment in action. In addition to military vehicles the museum maintains a collection of military medals, document, and photographs. The ORM is located an 8 minute drive north from the Canadian Automotive Museum on the grounds of the Oshawa Airport. 

Parkwood National Historic Site - former home of auto baron R.S. McLaughlin

Parkwood National Historic Site - former home of auto baron R.S. McLaughlin

Parkwood National Historic Site

Located a 15 minute walk north of the Canadian Automotive Museum, Parkwood National Historic Site is the the former home of R.S. McLaughlin (founder of General Motors of Canada.)  The estate was home to the McLaughlin Family from 1917 until 1972 and still contains the original family possessions.  The 55 room mansion has 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of space, including the basement and third-floor servants' rooms. In 1989, Parkwood Estate was officially designated a National Historic Site of Canada. The interiors at Parkwood represent early 20th century design and contain housewares, books, photographs and memorabilia, artwork, and trophies, all displayed in their original settings. Murals include works by Canadian artists Frederick Challener and Frederick Haines. Decorations include carved wood and plaster architectural finishes as well as novelties such as hidden panels and stairways. While there is a charge to tour the interior, the expansive gardens are free to the public and are a must-see for those passing through Oshawa. Visitors may recognize Parkwood from the many films and television shows that have been shot on the grounds including X-Men, Chicago, Queer as Folk, and Hannibal.  

Robert McLaughlin Gallery - Oshawa's fine art museum featuring Canadian artists. 

Robert McLaughlin Gallery - Oshawa's fine art museum featuring Canadian artists. 

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is a vibrant, engaging public art museum located just two blocks from the Canadian Automtoive Museum in Oshawa's civic centre between Oshawa City Hall and the Oshawa Public Library. The largest gallery in Durham Region, the RMG occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4000 works, and four galleries of diverse and changing exhibitions, the RMG holds a significant collection of Modern and Contemporary Canadian art, and the largest collection of works by Painters Eleven in Canada.

Oshawa Community Museum - located in Oshawa's Lakeview Park on the shores of Lake Ontario. 

Oshawa Community Museum - located in Oshawa's Lakeview Park on the shores of Lake Ontario. 

Oshawa Community Museum

The Oshawa Community Museum preserves and presents the history of Oshawa and fosters an appreciation and understanding of the City's heritage. Located a 10 minute drive south of the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa's Lakeview Park, the museum is composed of three of Oshawa's oldest homes. The theme of the Oshawa Community Museum & Archives is to tell the story of Oshawa from the first native settlements to the present day. Engaging family programming and tours are available year-round.

The Canadian Firefighters Museum

The Canadian Firefighters Museum is a national center for documentation, preservation, education and celebration of Canadian firefighting heritage and safety awareness.  The Museum houses a collection of artefacts that tell the story of the vital role that Firefighters have played in the lives of communities across Canada.  The Museum strives to represent all Canadian firefighters- professional or volunteer, industrial, military, wild land, or airport.  The apparatus collection focuses on three eras : Hand Drawn and Hand Powered (1754-1902), Horse Drawn (1850-1938), and Motorized (1907 to present day. You'll see equipment of every kind, from all eras and all parts of Canada- antique fire helmets, an amazing array of fire hydrants, fire related signage, safety equipment, toys and of course our vintage fire trucks. Visitors of all ages can try on firefighter gear in our Firefighter dress up area

The Canadian Firefighters Museum compliments to the Canadian Automotive Museum's collection.