Museum staff delivers high quality educational programs to a wide variety of groups including children, adults and students.

Curriculum based programming for elementary, high schools and post secondary institutions
OHS Speakers Series
Outreach presentations at your site or group
Sunday Fundays – First Sunday of each month
Themed birthday parties for ages 5-12
Tea and Talk – Last Sunday of each month
Annual events including Canada Day, International Archaeology Day, Christmas Lamplight Tour

Click to download our educational pdf.

Download colouring sheets from our Henry House colouring book.

Henry House Parlour
Candle Dipping
Having Tea at Henry House
Henry House Kitchen

Birthday Parties at the Oshawa Museum 2017

Each Party Option is TWO HOURS and Includes:

Use of the Guy House Verna Conant Gallery for one hour equipped with tables and chairs.
One hour of structured supervised programming in either Robinson House or Henry House.
Use of the Museum's children's costumes (if applicable to the program).
Invitations for each child.
Loot bags for each child.

Children - $10.00
Adults - $3.00

There is a maximum of 15 children. The Birthday child’s parents are admitted for free. However, for supervision purposes we require 1 adult for every 5 children, therefore there could be an additional $6.00 charge.

There is an overtime charge of $30 per half hour.

There is a $100 minimum fee if the party is to be held on a day we are typically closed.

To secure the date of your party, a non-refundable $50 deposit is required at the time of booking. On the date of the party, the remainder of the amount due is charged.

What to Bring

Napkins, table cloths
Food, snacks, drinks and cake
Coolers for your food if necessary
Decorations (please note nothing can be affixed to the walls)
Candles and lighter

Please Note That Party Option A Includes:
Linen table cloths

All children must be paid for, including siblings of the birthday child and siblings of guests that stay for
     the party.
You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your party starting to set up and greet guests.
The parents of the birthday child will be charged for any extra children or adults that stay for the party.
All parents must stay with the children when they travel to the other Houses.

Payment Options

A non-refundable $50 is required at the time of booking. Payment for the remainder amount is due for the group upon arrival for the party. Payments can be made by cheque, cash, debit, Visa and MasterCard; cheques should be made out to the Oshawa Historical Society.

Cancellation Policy

No fee for cancellation will be charged if the birthday party is rescheduled. The party must be rescheduled during the same year.

If the party is cancelled AND NOT rescheduled, with more than 48 hours’ notice, the $50 will not be refunded. The full party fee will be charged if less than 48 hours notice of cancellation is given based on the number of children given at time of booking.


You must call 905-436-7624 ext. 106 and speak with staff directly to cancel and reschedule a party. If you do not verbally confirm cancellation with staff, your party is NOT considered cancelled. Should you decide to cancel on the day of your program, call early in the morning to leave us a message.

Party Options

A. Victorian Tea

Group of ChildrenKids will dress up in the Museum’s children’s Victorian costumes and explore Henry House. They will see how a Victorian family lived in the 1870’s and a costumed interpreter will teach them how to sew. The children will each take home their creation. Back in the Verna Conant Gallery in Guy House, they will review Victorian etiquette and manners.

B. Digging Up the Past (Archaeology)

The party will travel to the Museum’s latest exhibit – A Carrying Place: Oshawa’s Indigenous Story and learn what it is really like to be an archaeologist. They will see artifacts from the Lake Ontario Iroquois that date back as far as 1400 A.D. and a model longhouse that depicts how they lived. They will use these artifacts as examples when sculpting their own clay pot. Finally, they will complete a mock dig and see if they can find any artifacts!