Oakville Museum

Image of Oakville MuseumThe 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 new satellite exhibition gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

 For more information please visit the appropriate page below.

Contact information

8 Navy Street
Oakville, ON L6J 2Y5

Hours of Operation

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, 8 Navy St
Holiday Hours: Open Saturday, April 19 and Easter Sunday, April 20 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Closed Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21.
Regular hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
For business enquiries, the office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oakville's Old Post Office, 144 Front St
Closed for the season. Will reopen Victoria Day weekend in May 2014.

Oakville Museum @ Queen Elizabeth Park, 2302 Bridge Rd
Available for viewing when the building is open to the public. Visit the QEPCCC facility page for current hours of operation.

Admission fee

General admission during public hours at both locations is free! Donations are gratefully accepted.
Admission rates vary for workshops, special events and pre-booked tours. 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 our feature exhibit, What About Water? Oakville's H20 & History, 3 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 museum exhibit space at Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural Community Centre is fully 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. Please review our wedding guidelines (pdf, 23 kB) to ensure an enjoyable experience for your party and other visitors to the museum.

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.

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