Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
The historic buildings of Erchless Estate were once home to Oakville’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 Erchless Estate grounds. Commercial photography is not permitted inside the museum. For information visit the Photography in Parks page.
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
Hours of Operation
Tue-Sun, 1-4:30 p.m.
Holiday hours: Open September 5 from 1-4:30 p.m.
Oakville's First Post Office
August: Open Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun, 1:30-4 p.m.
Holiday hours: Open September 5 from 1:30-4 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.