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.

Hours of Operation

Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street

Regular hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Holiday hours: Closed Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22.

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

Closed for the season. Open summer 2019.

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

Current Job Opportunities

The Museum is accepting applications for the following positions:

Heritage Summer Camp Leader (Part-Time)

Applications must be submitted online by no later than midnight on April 28, 2019.

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.