Oakville Museum Programs and Events

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How to register

For programs offered through the Parks, Recreation and Culture guide click on the listing's registration link or call 905-815-2000. To register online or by phone, you will need a family PIN number and personal ID number (an iris card). Call 905-845-6601, ext. 4747 to open an account.

For all other museum programs and events, see the listing for registration details.

Emancipation Day Family PicnicEmancipation Day Family Picnic

Monday, August 3 from 1-4 p.m. Free event!

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of music, games and more celebrating Oakville's role in the Underground Railroad. The event commemorates August 1, 1834, the day slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair!

Scheduled presentations:

  • Emancipation Day Proclamation by Mayor Robert Burton (1 p.m.)
  • Hope Gospel Choir (1:10 and 2:45 p.m.)
  • Presentation of Public History Posters: Professor Sean McNabney, Sheridan College (2 p.m.)
  • CCAH Steelband

Free Activities:


Special Exhibitions:

  • Anthropology of Jazz Art: Sheridan College
  • Public History Posters: Sheridan College

Food vendor:

Delicious Caribbean food will be available for purchase from Jerk ‘N Ting

Summer Camp at the Oakville Museum

Join us for a summer full of active, engaging and creative summer camps. Before and After Care is available for full day campers for an additional registration fee.

Museum Material World (full day)

July 27-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Age: 7-11. Fee: 183.75. Iris code: 204167
A camp for curious minds. A full week to deconstruct and explore materials from nature and our cultural world. Find some answers to some puzzling questions, discover architecture in Oakville, and create unique art using all sorts of materials. Explore the material world and your imagination at the Oakville Museum!

Mini Hands Explore Fairy Tales (half day)

August 4-6. Age: 4-6. Fee: 54.00. Iris code: 205578 (morning) 205579 (afternoon) Register online
Young children can use their creative energy to escape in the fantasy of a fairy tale! Much-loved stories will spark the imaginations of mini campers, as they make a magic wand, participate in fairy tale games, and enjoy story time with new friends.

Scout it out @ the Museum! (full day)

August 10-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Age: 7-11. Fee: 183.75. Iris code: 204168
This urban outdoor experience will combine active adventures with indoor art activities at the Oakville Museum. Go on a downtown Oakville scavenger hunt and discover the rich history of your town. Take a hike on a local trail, and sketch what you see. Join us this summer for a taste of the great outdoors, as we take a twist on the traditional Canadian summer experience!

Mini Hands Museum Motion and Commotion (half day)

August 18-20. Age: 4-6. Fee: 54.00. Iris code: 205576 (morning) 205577 (afternoon)  Register online 
Young children will get up and moving! We will make a moving toy based on an old fashioned model, and all campers are invited to join in for some group co-operative challenges, and lots of exciting active games. This program is also offered July 21-23.

Mini Hands Scout it Out @ the Museum! (half day)

Aug 25-27. Age: 4-6. Fee: 54.00. Iris code: 205766 (morning) 205767 (afternoon) Register online
A playful urban outdoor experience for young children! This fun filled camp will allow little ones to meet lots of new friends, make some interesting crafts, and get a taste of the great outdoors!

Before and After Care (full day camps only)

Supervised extended care activities for Oakville Museum Summer Day Camps from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m. Fee: 50.00 per week. Iris Code: July 27-31 (204884), August 10-14 (204885). Register online.

Doors Open Halton Region

September 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free event!
Halton Region invites you to share its rich heritage, cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty as our historical communities throughout the region open their doors to residents and visitors alike. From the urban centres on Lake Ontario’s shore to the rural splendour of the Niagara Escarpment, there is much to explore. Museums, public buildings, private homes and businesses, industrial complexes, places of worship, and even a wooden sailing ship are all waiting to be discovered.

Oakville sites including Erchless Estate and Oakville's First Post Office will be open Saturday only. Visit the Doors Open Ontario website for more participating sites and hours of operation.

Museum Christmas Tea & Tour

Sunday, December 13 from 1:30-3 and 3-4:30 p.m. Age: 3+. Fee: $6.95. Register online.
Enjoy a 1.5 hour visit to the beautifully decorated, historic Erchless Estate. Includes a feature exhibit, a guided tour through the elegant home, and tea and cookies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be paid registrants. We cannot accommodate for allergies in this program.

Christmas Craft Workshop at the Museum

Monday, December 21 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Age: 4-7. Fee: 17.50. Iris code: 210101.
Parents, need a little time for Christmas shopping? Drop off the kids at the Oakville Museum for some traditional holiday fun! The afternoon will be filled with Christmas songs, winter games, and making creative holiday creations in the historic Erchless Estate, beautifully decorated for the season. Age: 4-7

Craft and Tour at the Museum

Four sessions available: December 29 and 30, 1:30-2:30 and 3-4 p.m. Age: 4-9. Fee: $5.00. Register online.
Join us for an hour in the afternoon to make a craft with your child and take a guided tour of the Oakville Museum. Fee applies to participating children only, but children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult. Each session will make the same craft and take the same tour.