Canadian Automotive Museum

Canada – 60 miles north east of Toronto The Canadian Automotive Museum
99 Simcoe Street South
Ontario L1H 4G7

WEB: Canadaian Auto Museum
Web language: English
TEL: +1 905-576-1222

This is a car museum.

Monday-Friday 10:00 – 16:30
Saturday 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday (March to October) 10:00 – 16:00
Closed on Sundays November to February
Open Family Day, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Closed Ontario Statutory Holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing Day.

The museum has a significant collection of Canadian vehicles as well as classic models from the USA, UK and Continental Europe. There is also an extensive library dedicated to the Canadian automotive industry. The extensive collection of Canadian-specific automotive materials including manuals, brochures, advertisements, and photographs. Materials date from the early 1900s to early 2000s.

Since 1963, the museum has gone through a number of changes and received investment for expansion. Today, the Canadian Automotive Museum continues to maintain the nearly century-old former car dealership building at 99 Simcoe St. South. The main floors hold the majority of European vehicles, while the second floor tells the story of automotive manufacturing in Canada.

The Canadian Automotive Museum was a project of the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, who moved its office into the newly completed museum in 1963. A wall divided the front lobby into museum reception and the Chamber offices. This arrangement continued until 1973 when the Chamber relocated to Richmond Street.

In 1982 the Canadian Automotive Museum renovated its front lobby and consolidated the entire building into museum use. In 1986 the former photography studio was filled with acquisition of the automotive library of the recently disbanded Craven Foundation. In 1995 further gallery changes occurred with the acquisition of 20 vehicles which formed the McDougald Collection. In 2015 the board of directors began a multi-year plan to refresh the exhibits and invest in maintaining the historic structure of the building.


A gift shop and reference library compliment the automobiles and the adjoining lot hosts drive-in cinema and car shows.