Collections and Research
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.
The Dr. McKay Medical Collection
This collection of over 90 artefacts, including medical instruments, bottles, and related artefacts, was donated by Dr. TWG McKay in 1968. The collection was originally owned by Dr. McGill and later Dr. Coburn, both of whom practiced in Oshawa. These artefacts were on display in 2018 as part of the feature exhibition, Community Health in the 20th Century: An Oshawa Perspective.