Plan Your Visit
The Oshawa Museum offers tours year round!
Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and increasing cases, we have made the decision to close the Oshawa Museum for tours. Staff will be actively working behind the scenes.
Due to COVID-19, our tour procedures have changed - please review this information carefully. If you have questions, please call 905-436-7624 x 106 or send an email to the programming department (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Visitor Vaccinations
As of November 9, all eligible OM visitors will be required to be fully vaccinated. This policy complements other health and safety measures in place and is intended to ensure that the OM is taking prudent steps to provide a safe environment. Visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination
For visitors over the age of 2, masks, worn over your nose and mouth, are required before you can enter any museum building.
- Self Screening
- Tour Options: Guided or Audio
To help with physical distancing, there are two tour options available for Henry House: Guided and Audio
The Audio Tour
We are launching our new audio tours available wherever you get your podcasts - simply download and press play, There are three experiences to choose from:
Our standard tour, with a tour through the Henry House Gardens,
An abbreviated version of the above mentioned tour
A tour designed especially for families and kids!
Signs are posted encouraging social distancing and self-screening upon entrance. Plexiglass shield at the main desk at Guy House. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing, fever, or shortness of breath, please remain at home.
- Regular disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces
Where items (e.g. museum artefacts) are not able to be disinfected, signage is present to indicate this. Where possible, hands-on artefacts and displays are removed.
- Contact tracing
When you arrive for a tour, we will ask for your name and phone number/e-mail upon entry. All contact tracing information will be kept private and will only be used where necessary for contact tracing.
- Hand sanitizer stations
You will asked to use hand sanitizer upon entry.
The Museum Buildings
The Henry House Heritage Gardens
The Heritage Gardens behind Henry House feature various perennial herbal plots, including culinary, medicinal, tea and dye herbs. The garden space is interpreted as the family's garden, illustrating how the herbs would have been used and why. The Heritage Gardens feature two designated heritage trees, recognized by Trees Ontario, a fleur-de-lis from the Centre Street United Church, dated 1874, and a garden brick donor walkway.
The gardens are used for programming throughout the summer, including our popular Victorian Teas and Yoga in the Garden.
What's in the Robinson House Galleries
Leaving Home, Finding Home in Oshawa:
Displaced Persons and Stories of Immigration
The aftermath of World War II saw a world faced with mass movement of human beings on a scale never before seen. Initially the idea was to “repatriate” people back to the countries from where they had been displaced, and there were over 1.1 million people left who were determined "non repatriable." The job of finding homes for these individuals was handed over to the newly created International Refugee Organization (IRO).
In 1947 the Canadian government agreed to open the borders for 5000 displaced persons to come to Canada and begin life anew.
Since 2016, the Oshawa Museum has been undertaking a very important oral history project. The focus of this project was to collect the memories of those who arrived in Oshawa as displaced persons and post-war immigrants, many hundreds of whom resettled in Oshawa due to economic and social factors, positively contributed to the city as both an industrial hub and as the proud beneficiary of a rich cultural landscape.