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.

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.

Egyptomania at the Oakville Museum

This October, we bring Ancient Egypt to life with fun and informative activities for all ages. Egyptian-inspired artifacts and clothing from our collection will be on display and children can get creative in the Egyptian craft corner. Let Egyptomania spark your Halloween Spirit! Don’t miss our new exhibit From Oakville to Abydos opening on October 23!

Write like an Egyptian: Hieroglyphs 101

Friday, October 9. Two sessions available: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Age: 8+. Fee: $5.00. Max 24 participants. To reserve your spot call 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca.

Ever wish you could decipher the strange language of Pharaohs? This unique workshop will provide a window into the world of ancient writing. Discover the history of the language and master how to write your own name in hieroglyphs! Learn the alphabet, King names, fascinating words and basic sentence structure.

Fashion, Fantasy and Egyptomania in the 1920s: Wine and Cheese Lecture

Friday, October 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Age: 18+. Free event. RSVP to oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca or call 905-338-4400.

After Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, laden with golden riches and ancient treasures the like of which had never been seen, the world fell into a trance. Egyptomania hit - in fashion, art, design and architecture. Everyone wanted to embrace the Egyptian style, pay tribute to Cleopatra and Rameses - and glean some of their secrets of immortality.

Travel to Egypt surged, Canadians sailed the Nile in droves, picking up replicas, mementos, inspired ideas and a taste for the exotic. Let's embark on a journey back 100 years ago, when the world became enraptured with the treasures of Tut. Learn about the discovery of Tutankhamen and how it influenced the world around him in the 1920s. How did Canadians - and even Oakville residents - engage with ancient Egypt in the day and almost a century later?

Mummy Making Workshop

Sunday, October 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Age: 8-12. Fee: $10.00. Max 24 participants. To reserve your spot call 905-338-4400 or email oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca.

Discover the fascinating art of mummy making! Lead by a field archaeologist, create protective amulets, wrap a plastic doll's body and make a mummy case. A lively visual presentation of the ancient Egyptian practice will be held prior to the hands-on portion of the workshop. Each participant will take home their own personalized and finished doll-sized mummy! All materials provided.

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.