Some restrictions still in place under Provincial emergency order

Our recovery process is underway and we are carefully reviewing each service as we bring it back to ensure the safety of both staff and the public. Our approach to slowly reopen services will align with the Province’s gradual phased-in approach, following all public health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Playgrounds and play structures remain closed. 

Public health officials remind you: 

  • Keep 2-metre distance from others 
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10
  • Stay home if you are sick 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water 

Visit the COVID-19 page for more detail.

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

General admission is free. Contact us for group rates. Donations are gratefully accepted.

We look forward to seeing you!

The historic buildings of Erchless Estate were once home to Oakville’s founding family but are now the setting for Oakville's community museum. Colonel William Chisholm, an enterprising merchant and shipbuilder, founded the town and built Erchless overlooking his new harbour and Lake Ontario.

Today, visitors can still enjoy that magnificent view and explore the beautiful buildings, grounds and gardens of Erchless. The Oakville Museum offers guided tours of the Chisholm family home, changing exhibitions, special events and programs that tell the fascinating stories of our town.

You can also visit our satellite exhibition gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

History in the Making: Oakville and COVID-19

We want to document the everyday lives of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share your stories and help us capture how Oakville is experiencing history in the making. Let’s work together to preserve this chapter of our story for future generations. Visit our Exhibit Open Call page for more information.

Hours of Operation

Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street

The Oakville Museum will be closed to the public until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the COVID-19 page for more information. When we reopen our regular hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Oakville's First Post Office, 144 Front Street (in Lakeside Park)

Closed for the season.

Oakville Museum @ QEPCCC, 2302 Bridge Road

Visit the QEPCCC facility page for current hours

Contact us

8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario L6J 2Y5
tel: 905-338-4400
email: oakvillemuseum@oakville.ca

Programs and events

Programs and events

Exhibitions and Collections

Exhibitions and Collections

The museum holds a diverse collection of objects reflecting the history of Oakville from its establishment to the present day including costumes and textiles, fine and decorative arts, ethnological artifacts and Chisholm family-related materials.

Venue rentals

The museum cannot be rented for wedding ceremonies or other private functions. Please visit the Facility Bookings page for available rental facilities at the Town of Oakville.