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.



Did you know the Oshawa Museum has a number of online exhibits? ES Shrapnel's Upper Canada Sketches is one of these digital exhibits. Featuring the artwork of ES Shrapnel which appeared in Thomas Conant's Upper Canada Sketches (1898), each piece has been contextualized using Conant and other historical records.

Pictured is "World to Come to an End, Stars Falling, 1833." The Leonid Meteor Shower of 1833 caused quite the stir for settlers in the Oshawa area.

You can see this and the 21 other sketches by visiting: External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://shrapnelsketches.wordpress.com/

The full list of Oshawa Museum online exhibits can be found at: http://www.oshawamuseum.org/online-resources