Oakville Museum Programs and Events
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.
Black History Month Kick-off Celebration
Presented by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
Thursday, February 2
Exhibit: 6:30 p.m.
Main stage: 7 p.m.
1225 Trafalgar Rd
Join the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton at Town Hall for a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of African Canadian people with exhibitions by the Oakville Museum, Sheridan College and the Association of African Canadian Artists. Also featuring performances by John Campbell, Beyond Sound and Ballet Creole.
Visit the CCAH website for more information.
P.A. Day Afternoons at the Museum
February 3, April 28 and June 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $11.40 per day
In February, create unique portraits. In April, paint an abstract landscape. In June, create a collage. Register online for the February session. (Registration for April and June sessions available starting February 11.)
Monday, February 20
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission. Registration not required.
This Family Day, visit the Oakville Museum with your family and enjoy FREE activities for all ages and abilities including:
- Craft a birthday wish for Canada (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
- Enjoy a fun family search through Erchless Estate (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- Explore current exhibits (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and view the "Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom!" multimedia presentation (30 minute show starting at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.)
- Visit the Oakville Historical Society and discover the "Pleasure Boating in Oakville: Fun on the Water" exhibit (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Note: The Underground Railroad presentation is located on the 2nd floor and accessible by stairs only. Capacity restrictions may apply.
March Break at the Museum
March 13-17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $61.20 per day
Explore, discover and create at the museum this March Break!
Monday: Prehistoric Pictures
Use your imagination to construct cave paintings and rock sculptures to explore art before history!
Tuesday: Real Life
Get in touch with reality and capture natural beauty in your paintings! Explore the museum’s collection of landscape art and portraits for inspiration.
Wednesday: Classical Creativity
Rewind time and discover manuscripts, master painters and mosaics at our Renaissance art fair.
Capture a moment in time through your artwork and paint like the Impressionists using colour and light.
Friday: Modern Art
From Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, experiment with different techniques and materials to create modern works of art.
March Break After-Care
Supervised extended after-care is available for Museum camp participants from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fee: $10 per day.
Museum Fashion Show - History of Hats
Sunday, May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Interested in fashion and history? Millinery Museum curator and author Norma Shepard will present a wonderful selection of vintage women’s hats. Participate in the fun by wearing or bringing your favourite hat! Show your personal style, take part in an interactive discussion about the history of hats, and enjoy a fashion show all-in-one. The Oakville Museum’s exhibit The Art of the Hat will also be on display for viewing. Savour light refreshments after the show. Register online
Fashion Illustration Workshop
Sunday, May 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Drawing inspiration from our Art and Fashion exhibit, participants will create illustrations based on the Museum’s unique collection and their own original fashion design. This workshop is a chance to explore different illustration methods and experiment with media ranging from graphite to watercolour, while studying authentic period clothing in a historic setting. Register online
Tots and Pots
Session 1: May 31 and June 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Session 2: August 29-30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
A special gardening program for young children to try out their green thumbs at the Oakville Museum! Children will have lots of fun planting seeds, decorating containers, and making flowering crafts. This is the perfect way to introduce young children to an unparented program experience while exploring the historic Erchless gardens! Register online
Summer Camp at the Oakville Museum
Registration opens February 11
Join us for a summer break filled with excitement and adventure! Our camps offer a safe environment for kids to learn, laugh and explore.
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July 4-7: Mini Happy Birthday Canada (half day, 4-day week)
Did you know our country is turning 150 years old this year? Let’s have a party! Explore the museum’s new feature exhibit and learn about Canada’s past. Note: This camp runs Tuesday to Friday. Register online.
July 10-14: Where Science Meets Art (full day)
The beautiful Erchless Estate grounds will be used to inspire children as they illustrate nature while learning basic scientific principles. Stunning flower beds and an incredible waterfront setting are the perfect background to explore various art mediums to create your masterpiece. On the last day, campers will learn about the change of state from liquid to a solid by making ice cream the old-fashioned way! Register online.
July 17-21: Mini Museum Summer Fun (half day)
Explore history, make ice cream and play games in the park! Join us at our fabulous lakefront location for some serious summer fun! Register online.
July 24-28: The Museum Scene (full day)
Learn useful acting techniques, act out a play, make puppets and play an assortment of drama games. Museum artifacts on exhibit will inspire ideas for making unique props. The entire museum is your stage during this thrilling drama-filled week! Register online.
July 31-August 4: Happy Birthday Canada (full day)
Did you know our country is turning 150 years old this year? Let’s have a party! Explore the museum’s new feature exhibit, learn about Canada’s past, and make a time capsule to be opened in another 150 years. On the last day of camp, we’ll show our patriotic pride and celebrate our great nation with a birthday party! Register online.
August 8-11: Mini Museum Scene - Act 1 (half day, 4-day week)
Let the Oakville Museum be your stage during this thrilling drama-filled camp! Make puppets, act out finger lays, and enjoy an assortment of drama games. Different activities will be offered for Museum Scene Act 1 and Act 2 camps. This camp runs Tuesday to Friday. Register online.
August 14-18: Museum Summer Fun (full day)
Enjoy a week of exciting summer fun at the Oakville Museum! Explore local history, play beach ball volleyball and take a hike along the Waterfront Heritage Trail. On the last day of camp, beat the heat with a cool water challenge! Register online.
August 21-25: Mini Museum Scene - Act 2 (half day)
We set the stage in Act 1 and continue the drama in Act 2! Children will act out poems, make masks, and play an assortment of drama games. Register online.
Before and After-Care - Museum Summer Camp
Supervised extended care activities for Oakville Museum Summer Day Camps will be held at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Please note drop-off and pick-up will occur at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts located at 130 Navy Street. Camp staff will accompany campers to and from Oakville Museum. Register online.