Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

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

Now beautifully decorated for the holidays, take a stroll past Erchless Estate or book a tour online for a glimpse of Christmases past. Due to limited room capacity tours are offered for groups of up to six people from the same household. Only one person per group needs to register to attend.

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

Closed to the public until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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

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.
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.