Plan Your Visit
Admission and Hours
Our Location
Museum Buildings
Contact Us

Admission and Hours

Admission by donation ($5.00 per adult suggested admission)
Regular rates apply for programs and groups. Call for more information.

FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society

 

 

 

We are open all year!
Administrative office hours are Tuesday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Museum Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm
July and August
Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 – 4 pm

Other times by appointment

 

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Visit the Oshawa Library and Check Out the Oshawa Museum! Learn more about the Museum Pass Program HERE


Directions to the Oshawa Museum


Our Location
The Oshawa Museum is located in Lakeview Park, at the foot of Simcoe Street South in Oshawa. There is ample free parking in Lakeview Park.

Park Features:
Accessible
Bicycle Racks
Parking Lots
Pergola
Picnic Tables
Playground Equipment

Seating

Soccer/Football Field(s)
Softball Diamond(s)
Splash Pad

Swings
Tot Equipment
Trails
Washrooms

Address and Contact Information
1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park
Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 8S8
Tel: (905) 436-7624
www.oshawamuseum.org
info@oshawamuseum.org

The Museum Buildings

Oshawa Museum Sign The Oshawa Museum is the only community museum in Oshawa and depicts local history through the interpretation of three restored buildings, all standing on their original foundations.  These buildings are home to a number of exhibits which provide a greater understanding of our community’s history.

Henry House was the first of the three homes to be restored by the Oshawa Historical Society and was opened as Henry House Museum in 1960. Since then, the Museum has grown to include Robinson House (added in 1969) and Guy House (added in 1985). 

The Museum buildings are Designated Heritage Properties, recognized under the Ontario Heritage Act, the first buildings in Oshawa to receive this designation.


Guy HouseGuy House was the home of Harbour Master James Odgers Guy. Its construction is typical of a frame farm house reminiscent of the mid to late 1840s. It opened in 1985, as the administrative centre of the Museum and houses the Archival Collection and the Museum Shop. Start your visit here.

 

Henry HouseHenry House, built c. 1840, was the family home of Thomas Henry, a local minister, veteran of the War of 1812 and active participant in the development of Port Oshawa. Even after Thomas' death in 1879, the house remained in the Henry family until 1920 when it was purchased by General Motors of Canada. They in turn sold the property to the town for one dollar. Henry House is portrayed as a period home typical of the lifestyle of the Henry family from the 1850s through the 1890s.


Robinson HouseRobinson House was built by the Robinson Family in the mid-1850s. Constructed from locally-made yellow brick, the house has a gambrel or barn-type roof. A simple family home for much of its life, Robinson House now contains a series of galleries and changing exhibits focusing on various topics in Oshawa's history as well as A Carrying Place: Oshawa’s Indigenous Story, a feature exhibition examining our Indigenous history, connecting our community with their past, embraces the present First Nations community and builds towards a spirit of reconciliation and partnership.

 

Drive ShedDrive Shed was constructed in 2009 and provides exhibition space for our collection of McLaughlin carriages and cutters, including our 1914 McLaughlin buggy and 1867 Robert McLaughlin cutter, one of the first two he made in Enniskillen, ON (currently on loan to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum).


Heritage Gardens

The Heritage Gardens behind Henry House features various herbal plots, including culinary, medicinal, tea and dye herbs. The garden space is interpreted as Lurenda’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.