About Our Collections

The stewardship of the collections is a public trust. We value the trust placed with us to safeguard the collection, and we recognize our responsibility to strategically develop the collection for future generations. Our collection is diverse, just like Oshawa’s history, and we are committed to expanding the narratives we share. We care for over 50,000 objects and photographs covering social history, science, technology, and Indigenous history and will continue to strategically manage and develop the collection as a growing resource for education and research.



JS Kyle's Store at Christmas

From the archival collection of the Oshawa Museum. This photograph shows the interior of JS Kyle’s Grocery Store in Downtown Oshawa, decorated for the Christmas season. It was located at 16 ½ King Street East and first opened in 1907. His business was described as “completed fitted with all the latest ideas in counters, shelving, scales, etc., and is connected by ‘phone.”