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.

Mini Museum Mornings - What About Water?

An introduction for you and your child to Oakville’s community museum. For one hour each week, visit our feature exhibit "What About Water?", create a memorable craft, and spend quality time together, all at this beautiful historic estate by the lake! Week 1: explore ancient Oakville fossils; Week 2: make a wish on a fish; Week 3: create your own lake in a bottle! One parent/guardian per registered child.

Wednesday: May 7, 14, 21 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $42.00
Age: 2-5 plus adult parent/guardian
Iris code: 191036

Museum Tots n' Pots

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. The perfect way to introduce young children to an unparented program experience while exploring the historic Erchless gardens!

Wednesday May 28, June 4
Two sessions available: mornings (9:30 to 11 a.m.) and afternoons (1:30 to 3 p.m.)
Fee: $45.00
Age: 3-5
Iris code: 191344 (mornings) 191345 (afternoons)

Hands on History Summer Camps

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!

Full Day Camps

Wonders of Erchless Gardens (Age: 7-11)

July 7-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: $184.00. Iris code: 191170.

Do you like to garden? If so, this is the perfect week for you! We have museum gardens and grounds to explore, plus other gardens to visit. Sketch outside and paint the garden views, grow some seeds, participate in eco-friendly activities, and on the last day of camp relax with an Erchless garden party!

Explore Oakville (Age: 7-11)

July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: $184.00. Iris code: 191171.

Explore the places and spaces that make up Oakville from the past to present. Find out how Oakville got its name, visit our town’s first Post Office and try writing with a quill pen. Experience Oakville Museum’s feature exhibit ‘What About Water?’ and examine ancient Oakville fossils. Join us this week and discover the history of your own community!

Take Part Museum Art (Age: 7-11)

August 11-15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: $184.00. Iris code: 191172.

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!

Summer Camp Before and After Care

Supervised extended care activities are available for Oakville Museum Summer Day Camp participants.

  • From 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $30.00 per week.
  • Iris codes: July 7-11 (191198), July 21-25 (191199), August 11-15 (191200)

Half Day Camps

Mini Hands - Nursery Rhymes (Age: 3-6)

Four sessions available. Fee: $63.00.
July 2-4 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191214) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191216).
August 19-21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191219) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191220).

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)

Four sessions available. Fee: $63.00.
July 15-17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191221) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191222).
August 25-27 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Iris code: 191225) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Iris code: 191226).

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!

Museum Creature Feature: Shore Birds (Age: 4-6)

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)

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.

Emancipation Day Celebration

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.

Monday, August 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.
All ages
Free event
Registration not required

Oakville's Black History Self-Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy a self-guided 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 Underground Railroad Exhibition at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate. Download the self-guided tour map and have a great ride!

Download Oakville's Black History Bike Tour Map (pdf, 7.6 MB)

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