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.
For more information please visit the appropriate page below.
8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON L6J 2Y5
Museum reception: 905-338-4400
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Hours of Operation
8 Navy Street
Public hours: Open Tue-Sun, 1-4:30 p.m.
For business enquiries, the office is open by appointment Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lakeside Park, 144 Front Street
Summer Hours: From May 23 to Labour Day, Open Sat-Sun, 1:30-4 p.m.
2302 Bridge Road
The museum display space is viewable during regular hours. Visit the QEPCCC page for hours.
General admission during public hours at all locations is free! Donations are gratefully accepted. Admission rates vary for workshops, special events and booked tours for 10 or more people. Visit the School and Community Programs page for more details or call 905-338-4400 to confirm group rates and availability.
- The ground floor exhibits and restrooms at Erchless Estate are wheelchair accessible. Exhibits on the ground floor include What About Water? Oakville's H20 & History, 4 self-guided exhibit rooms plus the parlour and sitting room inside the restored Chisholm family home.
- The second floor is accessible by staircase only (17 steps) and includes restored bedrooms, Oakville's Black History exhibit and The Underground Railroad - Next Stop Freedom! multimedia presentation.
- The main gallery and museum exhibit space at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre are fully accessible.
- Oakville's First Post Office is not accessible.
Wedding and commercial photography
A permit is required for wedding and commercial photography on the Erchless Estate grounds. 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.