Canadian Automotive Museum
Location: 99 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 4G7
In 1961, a group of Oshawa businessmen wisely decided to create the Canadian Automotive Museum. The venture was initiated mainly to preserve the automotive history of Canada and to present this history in an educational and entertaining manner.
The Canadian Automotive Museum has grown in the size of the collection and in the scope of the artifacts displayed. Motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, pianos, washing machines, etc., make up the collection today. Of course, the automobile is the backbone of the collection. Currently, approximately 65 vehicles dating from 1898 to 1981 are on display. Through marquees such as Brooks Steam, Redpath, Tudhope, McKay, Galt Gas-Electric, Gray-Dort, Brockville Atlas, C.C.M., as well as many more Canadian-made vehicles, we show the impact the Canadian auto industry has had throughout the years.
They, of course, have vehicles from many other countries such as Rolls Royce, Morris, Amphicar, Ahrens-Fox, Reo, etc. Many, if not all of these, while not made in Canada, have certainly contributed to the development of the auto in Canada.
Their 25,000 sq. ft. building in Oshawa was originally a 1920’s car dealership and is maintained to display that period of architecture right down to the original elevator used to move cars to the second floor. Bicycles, tools, musical instruments, radios, televisions, graphics, photos, etc., relating to the periods of the cars are used throughout the building.
The Museum and Gift Shop are open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – 364 day a year, closed only on Christmas Day.
Special rates and hours can be arranged for group tours – call for details!