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.

Roots of Freedom Festival 2016

Presented by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, this 2-day festival focuses on Black history and heritage within the context of the diaspora and Oakville's role in the transition from slavery to freedom.

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road

Enjoy a free presentation of Leslie McCurdy's one-woman play, "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman". On a barren stage with only a trunk of costumes, this performance uses Harriet's own words in telling the story of her life from her earliest experiences as a slave, through her work on the Underground Railroad, to her continued commitment to others in her later years.

Day 2: Thursday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street

Join us for a Black History walking tour and learn the significant role Oakville Harbour played in the journey to Canada for many freedom seekers. To reserve your space at this free event, please call the Museum at 905-338-4400.

Also included:

  • Freedom, Opportunity, Family: Oakville's Black History exhibit. Discover stories of early Black settlers in our community including Branson Johnson, a freeborn African-American, who arrived with his family in 1855. His Certificate of Freedom and the pocket watch in which it was hidden are featured.
  • Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom! In this moving multimedia presentation, the ghost of Deborah Brown tells the true story of her heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland, USA to her new life of freedom in 19th century Toronto.

P.A. Day Afternoons at the Museum

November 25, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Age: 6-12
Fee: $11.10

Spend an afternoon at Erchless Estate for museum-inspired activities. Description to come. Register online.

Museum Christmas Tea and Tour

December 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Age: 3+

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. 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.
Age: 4-9

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. Register online.

P.A. Day Afternoons at the Museum

February 3, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Age: 6-12
Fee: $11.10

Spend an afternoon at Erchless Estate for museum-inspired activities. Description to come. Register online.