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 Celebration
Monday, August 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Registration not required
Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of music, dance, games, crafts and more celebrating Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad. The event commemorates August 1, 1834 – the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire. Bring a lawn chair and picnic and enjoy cool breezes by the lake.
Forgot to pack a lunch? We'll have a food truck on site: Jerk + Ting Caribbean Food.
Special performances by:
Black History Bike Tour with Cycle Oakville
Join Cycle Oakville for a leisurely bicycle tour and visit sites in Bronte, Kerr Village and Downtown Oakville that have ties historic ties to the Underground Railroad. This tour finishes with a visit to the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate for the Emancipation Day Celebration. Download the tour map and have a great ride!
Oakville's Black History Bike Tour Map (pdf, 7.6 MB)
Cycle Oakville will meet at 10 a.m. on August 4 at Taste of Colombia, 67 Bronte Road. Ride will start promptly at 10:30 a.m. Visit Cycle Oakville's event page for more information.
Hands on History Summer Camp
The Oakville Museum is a beautiful historic estate and gardens set on the shore of Lake Ontario, near downtown Oakville. Through our programs, the community is invited to interact with our artifact collections, and explore, discover and create at this beautiful location by the lake! 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 camp drop off location
Oakville Museum lobby, 8 Navy Street, Oakville L6J 2Y5
Limited parking available at the museum. Ample street parking available along Navy and Front St.
Drop off and pick up times
Children are welcome into the program space 5 minutes prior to class start time.
Sign in for full day camps: 8:55-9 a.m. Doors will remain locked until 8:50 a.m. Pick up: 4 p.m. Before and after care available for an additional charge.
Sign in for half-day camps: 9:25-9:30 a.m. (morning sessions) and 1:25-1:30 p.m. (afternoons) Pick up: 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
What to bring to camp and what to wear
Full day campers should bring a "litterless" lunch, 2 snacks and drink daily. Half day campers should bring a snack and drink daily. Absolutely no peanut or nut products please. Dress for mess! Closed-toe shoes are a must. Sandals and Croc-style shoes are not suitable for our indoor or outdoor adventures!
Museum Creature Feature: Shore Birds (Age 4-6, half day)
Two sessions available. July 29-31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191267) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191268). Fee: $63.00.
Take a walk along the waterfront to spot ducks, geese, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a swan! Camp activities will feature these beautiful bird creatures when you join us at Oakville Museum’s fabulous lake front location for some serious summer fun!
Mini Hands - Explore Oakville (Age 4-6, half day)
Two sessions available. August 5-7 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191275) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191276). Fee: $63.00.
Explore your community from the days of pioneers to the present! Learn to make butter the old fashioned way, visit a restored pioneer farm house and participate in special community activities.
Take Part Museum Art (Age 7-11, full day)
Explore the art at your local museum! Experiment with different mediums and dabble in illustration, drama games, painting, and sculpture. Join us this week for historical discovery and adventures in art!
Mini Hands - Nursery Rhymes (Age: 3-6, half day)
Two sessions available. August 19-21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191219) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191220). Fee: $63.00.
Children go beyond the pages of their favourite stories as they re-enact familiar nursery rhymes throughout the historic Erchless Estate. Little ones will enjoy making puppets, listening to stories, and playing nursery rhyme themed games!
Mini Hands - Take Part Museum Art (Age: 4-6, half day)
Two sessions available. August 25-27 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191225) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191226). Fee: $63.00.
Discover the world of art at your local museum! Experiment with different mediums including; drama games, painting and sculpture. This week is all about historical discovery and adventures in art. Dress for a colourful mess!
Doors Open Halton
September 27-28, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Do you have a passion for history, heritage or culture? Curious about the interiors of what’s normally hidden from public view in some of the region's finest historic buildings? Historical, arts and cultural buildings will be throwing open their doors to welcome you to this free event! Doors Open Halton Region will include the towns of Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills. Many different sites will be open to the public for free viewing. For site descriptions and hours visit the Doors Open Halton website.
Halloween Masquerade at the Museum
Sunday, October 27
1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: 5.00 per person
Registration not required.
Boo! Join us for our annual family friendly Halloween celebration. A safe and fun way to try out your costume and gear up for the holiday! There will be games, crafts and fun for one and all. Visit our website closer to the date for more details.
Gumdrop Topiary Workshop
Make an old fashioned gumdrop tree! This workshop is designed for adults and children aged 6-12 years. You and your guest will each create a Christmas cone-shaped topiary using red, white and green gumdrops that will be glued into table-toppers. Lovely to adorn the mantle or sideboard and, properly stored, these stylish topiaries will last for years! All materials included. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid guardian 18+.
Sunday, December 1
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Iris code: 199231
Museum Christmas Tea and Tour
Sunday, December 14
1:30 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Iris code: 199234, 199235
Register for Christmas Tea and Tour
This holiday season, enjoy a 1.5 hour visit to the beautifully-decorated historic Erchless Estate. Your visit will include our feature exhibit, a guided tour through the elegant home, followed by tea and cookies. Share the warmth of the holiday season with family and friends! Tour available for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be paid registrants. We cannot accommodate for allergies in this program.
Museum Christmas Craft Workshop
Monday, December 22
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Iris code: 199229
Parents, need a little time to do some Christmas shopping? Bring your young crafters to the Oakville Museum for some traditional holiday spirit! Children will be inspired by the historic Erchless Estate beautifully decorated for the season. The afternoon will be filled with Christmas songs, winter games, and crafting creative holiday creations. Age: 4-7
Museum Craft and Tour
Tuesday, December 30 at 1:30 to 2:30 and 3-4 p.m.
Friday, January 2 at 1:30 to 2:30 and 3-4 p.m.
Iris code: 19925, 19927, 199226, 199228
Register for Museum Craft and Tour
Spending family time together this winter break? Come 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. Age: 3-9.