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Contact Information
Office Phone 905-338-4400
Fax 905-815-5973
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Primary Contact Julian Kingston, Museum Supervisor; Email:
Agency Information
Description (Agency) The historic buildings of Erchless Estate were once home to Oakville's founding family but are now the setting for Oakville's community museum.
Legal Status (10) Local Government
Funding City / Town ; Donations ; Fees
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) The museum offers guided tours of the Chisholm family home, changing exhibitions, special events and education programs that tell the stories of Oakville. 
Permanent exhibits available in French and English include: 
* Freedom, Family and Opportunity: Oakville's Black History 
* The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom! (30 minute multimedia presentation) 
Oakville Museum is comprised of: 
* Erchless Estate- historic home of Oakville's founding family, the Chisholms, completed in 1858 
* Custom House built in 1856  
* Oakville's First Post Office in Lakeside Park built in 1835 
* Satellite exhibition space at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road 
For current programs and exhibitions refer to the Oakville Museum website
Hours * Museum at Erchless Estate Tue-Sun 1 pm-4:30 pm 
* Office Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm 
* Oakville's First Post Office select dates from Jun-Sep 
* visit website or call 905-338-4400 for holiday and summer hours
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Registration through IRIS on the Town of Oakville website
Languages English
Fees Program ; Donation - house tours
Site Information
Site Location Old Oakville
Located In Community Oakville
Address & Map
Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
8 Navy St
Oakville, ON L6J 2Y5
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Intersection Navy St and Lakeshore Rd E
Physical Access Partially Accessible - access to first floor only
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Arts / Culture
HCSD Sub Heading Museums & Historical Societies
Service Categories Museums

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