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.
Hours of Operation
Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street
Regular hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1:15 to 4 p.m. for pre-booked tours.
The Town of Oakville has launched a new and improved registration and booking system. Visit the Online Services Recreation and Culture Page to set up an account and register for programs and drop-in activities.
8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario L6J 2Y5
Coach House Restoration Project
The Oakville Museum Coach House Restoration Project will create a much anticipated addition to the Oakville Museum’s cultural and heritage programming capacity. Learn more on our Coach House Restoration Project page.
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.