Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

The historic buildings of Erchless Estate were once home to Oakvilleā€™s founding family but are now the setting for Oakville's community museum. Colonel William Chisholm, an enterprising merchant and shipbuilder, founded the town and built Erchless overlooking his new harbour and Lake Ontario.

Today, visitors can still enjoy that magnificent view and explore the beautiful buildings, grounds and gardens of Erchless. The Oakville Museum offers guided tours of the Chisholm family home, changing exhibitions, special events and programs that tell the fascinating stories of our town.

You can also visit our satellite exhibition gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

Wedding and commercial photography

A permit is required for wedding and commercial photography on the grounds of Erchless Estate. Wedding photography is not permitted inside the museum. For information visit the Photography in Parks page.

Venue rentals

The museum cannot be rented for wedding ceremonies or other private functions. Please visit the Facility Bookings page for available rental facilities at the Town of Oakville.

8 Navy Street

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Hours of Operation

Erchless Estate
Tue-Sun, 1-4:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Oakville's First Post Office
Sat-Sun and holidays 1-4:30 p.m.

Oakville Museum @ QEPCCC
Visit the QEPCCC facility page for current hours


Free general admission.
Donations gratefully accepted.
For group tours of 10 or more people, call to confirm rates and availability.