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 Lady of the Lake Statue

The painting is by Eric Sangwine as part of his Lakeview Park Series.

Cover Her Up! The Debate About the ‘Lady of the Lake’ Statue, 2017.

One of the most notable, and at times controversial, features of Lakeview Park is the fountain featuring a sculpture of a young girl.  Known affectionately as “The Lady of the Lake” the sculpture was erected in an illuminated pool donated by General Motors of Canada. The official pool and statue dedication in May 1959 was marked with some controversy when some residents of the community felt the statue should have included clothing.