Oakville Museum Programs and Events

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How to register

For programs with iris codes, register online or by phone at 905-815-2000. Registration not required for special events where noted.

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Emancipation Day Celebration

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

Hosted by the Oakville Museum in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton.

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of music, dance and more celebrating Oakville's role in the Underground Railroad. Performers include Beyond Sound Empijah, The Hope Centre Gospel Choir and CCAH Steel Pan Performers. The event commemorates August 1, 1834 - the day slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy food from Mixed Grill BBQ. An ice cream truck will also be on site. Don't forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair!

Hands on History Summer Camp

Join us for a summer break filled with excitement and adventure! Our camps offer a safe environment for kids to learn, laugh and explore.

Attending one of our summer camps? Visit the Museum's camp schedule page for week at a glance information. Camp details will be provided up to two weeks in advance of the program start date.

Mini Hands Ancient Days (Age: 4-6)

Join us on a summer expedition of ancient cultures! Make crafts inspired by ancient Greek and Egyptian art and participate in a mini version of the Olympic games. Two sessions available: August 2-4 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  and August 2-4 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.

Museum Imaginarium (Age: 7-11)

Become an inventor, participate in design challenges, and construct your own imaginary city inspired by history. This fun-filled camp will motivate children to build creativity and explore their imagination! Offered August 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online.

Mini Hands Museum Mystery (Age: 4-6)

Solve a mystery at the Oakville Museum! Look for clues and play memory games. Go on a detective hunt and expeditions through the Chisholm chambers. Who is Mr. Chisholm? Join us this week to find out! Two sessions available: August 16-18 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and August 16-18 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.

Museum Adventures on the Waterfront (Age: 7-11)

Enjoy an exciting week-long camp of water related activities. Highlights include a scavenger hunt along the banks of the Sixteen Mile Creek, playing outdoor water games and ending the week with new friends at the Erchless beach party! Offered August 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online.

Summer Camp Before and After Care

Supervised extended care activities are available from 8:30-9 a.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. for participants of our full-day camp programs. Four sessions available: July 4-8, July 18-22, August 8-12 and August 22-26. Register online.

Tots and Pots

August 30 and 31 from 9:30-11 a.m.
Age: 3-5

Plant seeds, decorate containers and make flowering crafts! This unparented 2-day program offers young children an opportunity to try out their green thumbs while exploring the historic gardens at Erchless Estate. Register online.

P.A. Day Afternoons at the Museum

Looking for something fun to do on P.A. Days? Spend the afternoon at Erchless Estate for museum inspired activities. Age: 6-12. Register online.

Museum Workshop - Illustrating Fashion

Sundays from September 11 to October 2 (4 classes)
1 to 4 p.m.

Drawing inspiration from our unique costume collection and Art and Fashion exhibit, students will create their own illustrations and original fashion designs. This workshop is a chance to develop ideas and technical skills by exploring different methods of rendering illustrations and experimenting with media ranging from graphite to watercolour. Students will learn to capture the movement and dynamism of fabric, while developing their own creative drawing style and gaining a deeper understanding of how fashion reflects history. Age: 13-17. Register online.

Doors Open Halton Region

October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free event!

Discover Halton Region's hidden heritage and cultural treasures, some of which are rarely open to the public, during this free event. Oakville sites will be open Saturday only. Visit Doors Open Halton for participating sites or pick up a guide in September.

Museum Workshop - Fashioning a Fascinator [C]

October 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Looking for inspiration this Halloween? Create your own fun and fabulous fascinator - a small headpiece, usually made out of feathers and ribbon, that perches on the side of the head. A professional costume designer and theatrical milliner will lead the workshop, using traditional millinery techniques and materials. No experience needed. All materials included. Age: 18+. Register online.

Museum Christmas Tea and Tour

December 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Oakville Museum presents its annual Christmas Tea and Tour. 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. Age: 3+. Register online.

Craft and Tour at the Museum

Multiple sessions available: December 28, 29, January 4, 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

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 within the same month will make the same craft and take the same tour. Age: 4 - 9. Register online.