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.

Black History Month

Discover the stories of many of the African-American families who were important to the development of our community in our permanent exhibit Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville's Black History. Learn about Deborah Brown's heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland to freedom in 19th-century Toronto in the multimedia show Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom! Visit our exhibition and education pages for more information.

During February, the Threads of Africa quilt will be displayed at Erchless Estate. Each quilt block was individually created by members of the Waterloo County Quilters Guild using a variety of fabrics, beads and buttons brought back from Africa by award-winning quilt designer and coordinator, Renske Helmuth. The inspiration for the quilt arose when Renske returned from a trip to Africa and wanted to capture some of her memories in a quilt. The idea of a group project arose when Renske realized that many quilters at her guild had connections with Africa as well. The quilt is generously on loan from Len's Mill Stores.

Visit the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton website for more Black History Month programming.

Family Day

Join us February 15 for fun Family Day activities for all ages. Tour the home of Oakville's founding family and explore current exhibitions. Learn about early communication and test your skills writing with a quill pen. Discover Oakville's Black History and experience the moving multimedia presentation: The Underground Railroad - Next Stop Freedom! (Show times: 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Capacity restrictions may apply.) Free admission! Registration not required.

March Break at the Museum

This March Break jump into an explosion of colour and creativity at the Oakville Museum! Offered March 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Age: 6-10.

  • March 14: Thrilling 3D! Sculpt with papier-mâché to create your own three dimensional artwork.
  • March 15: Awesome Abstract! Create an abstract painting using different techniques to build texture.
  • March 16: Wild Watercolours! Experiment with watercolours and learn some basic landscape painting techniques.
  • March 17: Daring Drama! Get ready to make props and act out a play on this daring drama filled day.
  • March 18: Playful Painting! Play with puffy paint and finger painting to demonstrate your creative talent.
  • Supervised extended after-care is available for Museum March Break participants from 4 to 5 p.m. Register online.

Tots and Pots

Plant seeds, decorate containers and make flowering crafts! This unparented 2-day program offers children aged 3-5 an opportunity to try out their green thumbs while exploring the historic gardens at Erchless Estate. Two sessions available: June 1 and 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and August 30 and 31 from 9:30-11 a.m. Register online.

Hands on History Summer Camp

Join us for a summer full of active, engaging and creative summer camps at the Museum!

Environmental Easel (Age: 6-10)

Spend some time getting closer to nature and develop your artistic talent. Experiment with watercolours, oil pastels, and painting with natural materials. Offered July 4-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online.

Mini Hands Adventures on the Waterfront (Age: 4-6)

It’s all about water. What lives in it, on it, or sails along it! Get ready to get wet and play water games. Don’t forget your beach towel! Two sessions available: July 12-14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and July 12-14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.

Ancient Days (Age: 7-11)

Explore cultures from the past, craft your own mini mosaic and participate in a modern version of the ancient Olympic games. Offered July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online.

Mini Hands Museum Imaginarium (Age: 4-6)

This camp will motivate little ones to build creativity and explore their imagination! Make dazzling crafts and fashionable art. Play group games that will inspire a world of fantasy! Two sessions available: July 26-28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and July 26-28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.

Mini Hands Ancient Days (Age: 4-6)

Join us on a summer expedition of ancient cultures! Make crafts inspired by ancient Greek and Egyptian art and participate in a mini version of the Olympic games. Two sessions available: August 2-4 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  and August 2-4 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.

Museum Imaginarium (Age: 7-11)

Become an inventor, participate in design challenges, and construct your own imaginary city inspired by history. This fun-filled camp will motivate children to build creativity and explore their imagination! Offered August 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online.

Mini Hands Museum Mystery (Age: 4-6)

Solve a mystery at the Oakville Museum! Look for clues and play memory games. Go on a detective hunt and expeditions through the Chisholm chambers. Who is Mr. Chisholm? Join us this week to find out! Two sessions available: August 16-18 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and August 16-18 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Register online.

Museum Adventures on the Waterfront (Age: 7-11)

Enjoy an exciting week-long camp of water related activities. Highlights include a scavenger hunt along the banks of the Sixteen Mile Creek, playing outdoor water games and ending the week with new friends at the Erchless beach party! Offered August 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online.

Summer Camp Before and After Care

Supervised extended care activities are available from 8:30-9 a.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. for participants of our full-day camp programs. Four sessions available: July 4-8, July 18-22, August 8-12 and August 22-26. Register online.