Feature Exhibitions

Leaving Home, Finding Home in Oshawa:

Displaced Persons and Stories of Immigration

Opening Summer 2021


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 External link opens in new tab or windowcollect 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.

The information collected is becoming a part of the archival record and will be the basis of the Oshawa Museum’s spring 2021 exhibition, Leaving Home and Finding Home in Oshawa: Displaced Persons and Stories of Immigration.  The exhibition was planned for 2020 but was postponed due to the Pandemic.

Coming Soon...

From Ship to Shore: Looking at Oshawa's Relationship with Lake Ontario

Opening September 2021


Feature Events

Due to COVID-19, all in person Feature Events at the Oshawa Museum are on hold indefinitely. In lieu of in person events, we are holding many favourite events, like Sunday FUNday, Speaker Series, and Tea & Talks virtually! 

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Plan Your Visit

The Oshawa Museum is open year round for tours - learn more about how you can experience the Home to Oshawa's History!

Please note: There HAS been changes to tour procedures due to COVID-19 - please read the information on the 'Plan Your Visit' page carefully.

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