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.

Event Calendar

The Canadian Automotive Museum has year-round programming including tours, family activities, and receptions. 

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 20, 2019, 1pm
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 20, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – July 27, 2019, 1pm
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – July 27, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – August 3, 2019, 1pm
Aug
3
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 3, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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McLaughin Day Walking Tour
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

McLaughin Day Walking Tour

Join us for a special downtown Oshawa walking tour combined with the museum's collection of vehicles built in Oshawa in honour of McLaughlin Day (Civic Holiday). Oshawa has been home to the McLaughlin Carriage Company, McLaughlin Motor Company, and General Motors of Canada, but today only a few remnants of the city’s former industrial past remain in the downtown core. The tour will trace the history of the cars manufactured over the last 100+ years in Oshawa such as McLaughlin-Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Chevrolets. Expert guides will explore the streetscape and bring to life the people and places that made Oshawa “Canada’s Motor City.”

This event is included with regular museum admission, members free.

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August  Kids Day - Saturday
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

August Kids Day - Saturday

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Join us at the Museum for a glamourous movie-themed day of crafts, scavenger hunts, family-friendly tours, and a Hollywood photo shoot fit for the stars!

Activities to look forward to - design the logo of your own movie star car, look for props in our scavenger hunt to win prizes, draw your own movie poster, and walk the red carpet to your own opening night photo shoot.

No reservations required. Regular admission rates apply, members free. This program is recommended for ages 3-10.

Regular admission rates apply, members free

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Gallery Highlights Tour – August 10, 2019, 1pm
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 10, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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August  Kids Day - Sunday
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

August Kids Day - Sunday

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Join us at the Museum for a glamourous movie-themed day of crafts, scavenger hunts, family-friendly tours, and a Hollywood photo shoot fit for the stars!

Activities to look forward to - design the logo of your own movie star car, look for props in our scavenger hunt to win prizes, draw your own movie poster, and walk the red carpet to your own opening night photo shoot.

No reservations required. Regular admission rates apply, members free. This program is recommended for ages 3-10.

Regular admission rates apply, members free

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Gallery Highlights Tour – August 17, 2019, 1pm
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 17, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – August 24, 2019, 1pm
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 24, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – August 31, 2019, 1pm
Aug
31
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – August 31, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – September 7, 2019, 1pm
Sep
7
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 7, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – September 14, 2019, 1pm
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 14, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – September 21, 2019, 1pm
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 21, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – September 28, 2019, 1pm
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – September 28, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Gallery Highlights Tour – June 29, 2019, 1pm
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Gallery Highlights Tour – June 29, 2019, 1pm

Join one of our expert tour guides as they explore the highlights of the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. Discover the stories behind the cars on display beyond the standard label text. This tour is included with admission and is approximately one hour in length. Perfect for all ages and prior knowledge levels. No RSVP necessary.

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Father's Day 2019
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Father's Day 2019

The Canadian Automotive Museum is a great place to bring Dad for Father's Day. The museum will have tours available throughout the day and children can make a license plate craft to take home. Get your family photo taken in a 1926 Chevrolet and with the star of Cars 3, Lightning McQueen. Make it a full day in Oshawa and combine your visit with lunch and a trip to the Ontario Regiment Museum.

Can't make the tour? A Canadian Automotive Museum Gift Pass is the perfect present for all occasions. Stop by the museum gift shop to pick one up or order tickets online to include in your Father’s Day card.

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Downtown Automotive Walking Tour
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Downtown Automotive Walking Tour

Oshawa has been home to the McLaughlin Carriage Company, McLaughlin Motor Company, and General Motors of Canada, but today only a few remnants of the city’s former industrial past remain in the downtown core. Expert guides will explore the streetscape and bring to life the people and places that made Oshawa “Canada’s Motor City.”

This event is included with regular museum admission, members free.

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Free Downtown Automotive Walking Tour
May
31
1:00 PM13:00

Free Downtown Automotive Walking Tour

Oshawa has been home to the McLaughlin Carriage Company, McLaughlin Motor Company, and General Motors of Canada, but today only a few remnants of the city’s former industrial past remain in the downtown core. Expert guides will explore the streetscape and bring to life the people and places that made Oshawa “Canada’s Motor City.”

This event is free and open to the public as part of May is Museums Month in Ontario.

This event is free and open to the public as part of May is Museums Month in Ontario.

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Mother's Day with the Queen
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Mother's Day with the Queen

Bring Mom to meet the Queen this Mother’s Day.

Bring Mom to meet the Queen this Mother’s Day.

Bring Mom to see the Queen this Mother's Day at the Canadian Automotive Museum. Snap a family photo with a cutout of Queen Elizabeth II in front of our 1969 Daimler limousine once used by the Royal Family. Complimentary tea and biscuits will be available to celebrate this royal Mother's Day event.

At 1pm learn about the contributions of women in automotive history and royal connections to the collection during a tour of the museum's galleries. Regular admission rates apply, members free.

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Family Day 2019 - Winter Racers!
Feb
18
9:00 AM09:00

Family Day 2019 - Winter Racers!

The Canadian Automotive Museum is the perfect place for families with young children to spend Family Day 2019. Crafts, activities, and guided tours will be available throughout the day and are included with admission. This year kids will be able to make their own snowman craft, take part in a scavenger hunt sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, and get their picture taken with Lightning McQueen. Special guest Steve Fisher from Balloons with a Twist will be making balloon animals for visitors between 10am and 3pm.

Kids can grab a free balloon animal during Family Day 2019 at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

Kids can grab a free balloon animal during Family Day 2019 at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

Families can make a fun winter race car driver craft to take home.

Families can make a fun winter race car driver craft to take home.

The Canadian Automotive Museum will be open extended hours during Family Day, Monday, February 18, 2019, to accommodate visitors - 9am to 5pm.

 

 

 

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Valentine's Day Tour
Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Valentine's Day Tour

Romance is alive and well at the Canadian Automotive Museum Valentine's Day weekend 2019 in downtown Oshawa. 

Bring your "love bug" by the Canadian Automotive Museum for a tour of the gallery featuring automotive love stories. Expert tour guide Bob will explore stories of love and loss related to automobiles on display. Discover the history behind the iconic Rolls-Royce's hood ornament, learn the intriguing tale behind a Canadian knight and a Italian countess, and hear the last romantic words of Isadora Duncan before her untimely death in a Bugatti. 

Make a date of it and take your sweetheart to a local establishment in downtown Oshawa for lunch or a coffee. This tour is included with regular admission to the museum. Members free.

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CAM Closure for Gallery Painting
Jan
14
to Jan 19

CAM Closure for Gallery Painting

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Please not that the Canadian Automotive Museum galleries will be closed January 14-19, 2019 for scheduled maintenance work. At this time the floor of the main gallery will be repainted so visitor access is not possible. Administrative offices will remain open during the work.

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Winter Break Activities
Dec
21
to Jan 5

Winter Break Activities

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Kids can make a festive craft this Winter Break to take home at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

Kids can make a festive craft this Winter Break to take home at the Canadian Automotive Museum.

Bring your family to the Canadian Automotive Museum during Winter Break and enjoy seasonal kids crafts. Children can make their own festive tree or candle to take home in the main gallery. All activities are included with regular admission.

*Update* Lightning McQueen has extended his stay through Winter Break so you still have time to grab a picture with this movie star.

Please note the museum is closed December 25 & 26, and January 1.

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Curatorial Tour - Trunks and Frunks
Nov
20
1:00 PM13:00

Curatorial Tour - Trunks and Frunks

Join CAM Curator Alex Gates as we explore the luggage racks, trunks and frunks (front trunks) in the Canadian Automotive Museum collection. The tour will offer a behind-the-scenes opportunity to explore the history of luggage storage on early vehicles and the evolution of trunk space. Vehicles on the tour include the DeLorean and Manic with their small front storage areas, and several Rolls-Royces with elegant storage compartments.

This tour is included with regular admission, members free. No rsvp necessary.

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Exhibition Opening - Junk in Your Trunk
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

Exhibition Opening - Junk in Your Trunk

Since its invention at the turn of the 20th century, the automobile has significantly changed Canadian ways of living. As the demand for consumer goods increased, vehicles became a necessity for many Canadian households. The trunk quickly became an essential part of the car.

Automobiles are more than just people-movers. From suitcases, to shopping bags, to hockey skates and golf clubs, the car has evolved to hold the stuff of our busy lives. Launching in November 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum, Junk in your Trunk explores how the automobile has become a tool and product of our modern-day consumer culture. Visitors will discover the unique history of the trunk, explore vehicle storage designs overflowing with innovation, and explore consumer culture through automotive advertisements, photographs, and historic vehicles.

This exhibit is presented by Myseum of Toronto and runs November 1 - 31, 2018 at the Canadian Automotive Museum with an opening reception on Friday, November 16 from 1-3pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public, with remarks at 1:30pm.

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Spirits of the Automobile
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Spirits of the Automobile

Spirits of the Automobile is a family-friendly event that connects visitors with the personalities behind the automobiles. There will be new characters, new stories, and even a few news cars on display since last year. This interactive event allows visitors to discuss the automobiles with historic characters, gaining new insight into their lives and relationships with the cars.

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Kids Day - Sunday
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Day - Sunday

Bring your kids to the museum for an exciting day filled with arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, family-friendly tours of the museum, and check out the star of Disney/Pixar's Cars 3 - Lightning McQueen! Our awesome friends from Balloons with a Twist will be back this year giving away balloon creations to all of our attendees. They'll be onsite from 11am to 2pm both days.

Activities to look forward to - get creative and design your own personalized license plate, be the first to complete the museum scavenger hunt and win prizes, and finish the day with a goofy photo session with props in our 1926 Chevrolet

No reservations required. R
egular admission rates apply, members free. This program is recommended for ages 3-10.

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Kids Day - Saturday
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Day - Saturday

Bring your kids to the museum for an exciting day filled with arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, family-friendly tours of the museum, and check out the star of Disney/Pixar's Cars 3 - Lightning McQueen! Our awesome friends from Balloons with a Twist will be back this year giving away balloon creations to all of our attendees. They'll be onsite from 11am to 2pm both days.

Activities to look forward to - get creative and design your own personalized license plate, be the first to complete the museum scavenger hunt and win prizes, and finish the day with a goofy photo session with props in our 1926 Chevrolet

No reservations required. R
egular admission rates apply, members free. This program is recommended for ages 3-10.

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Author Talk: The First American Grand Prix
Apr
8
1:00 PM13:00

Author Talk: The First American Grand Prix

Spectators have been enthralled by car racing since the first automobiles hit the roads. Author Tanya Bailey will take her audience back to the early days racing when pot holes were filled straw and safety went little beyond wearing goggles. Bailey has recently been working with the Canadian Automotive Museum as part of her Master's degree program. Her racing images and anecdotes are both entertaining and relevant for modern car enthusiasts. This talk is not to be missed, so mark you calendar!

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Spirits of the Automobile
Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

Spirits of the Automobile

The world of automobiles has its share of spooky stories and colourful characters. This year the CAM's volunteers will bring to life some of our favourite stories from the collection using first person interpretation. You'll get a chance to chat with John DeLorean, Sam McLaughlin, Lady Eaton and more! This special event is included with regular admission and is great for all ages.

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