The Oshawa Historical Society, along with the Oshawa Museum, runs exciting events throughout the year.  A copy of our events list can be viewed and printed here.

For a list of our Speaker Series dates and topics, please visit the Speaker Series page.

Upcoming Events 2018:

Feature Events

Family Day- Colouring the Museum
Henry House with crayon
Event date: February 19
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

Celebrate Family Day at the Oshawa Museum! Tours of the Museum will be ongoing throughout the afternoon, but first, start your visit at Guy House and get colourful! Kids and adults alike can join in, grab a crayon, and get colouring.

March Break at the OM
Event date: March 12-16
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

Stay tuned for more information!

Night at the Museum: Earth Hour
Lamp 2Event Date: March 24
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Henry House, OM

This Earth Hour, turn out the lights and turn up the lamplight. Visit Henry House after hours and learn about life before electricity. Costumed guides are on hand this evening to shed light on an earlier time.

Downtown Walking Tour: A Jane’s Walk
File413-A975.8.10Event Date: May 5
Time: 1pm
Location: Departs from Oshawa Civic Square, City Hall (50 Centre Street South)

Plane crashes, jewellery heists, the army, and Gens Army; all these and more are explored on the Historic Downtown Walking Tour, a Jane’s Walk presented by the Oshawa Museum.

Mother’s Day Teas
P1070796Event Date: May 13
Time: 11:30am
Location: Guy House

Treat Mom to an afternoon at the Oshawa Museum! Enjoy a light lunch of sandwiches, scones, goodies, and tea, then enjoy a tour through the houses of the Museum. RSVP Required

Weekly Union Cemetery Tours
Event date: Every Wednesday in July and August
Time: 6pm
Location: Front gates of Union Cemetery

Join Museum Staff as we explore Oshawa’s largest cemetery.  Every week will bring a new theme or section, so join us through the summer and learn more about our community’s past.

Thomas Henry’s ‘Grandpa’s Picnic’
Event date: July 15
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Henry House, Oshawa Museum

Thomas Henry held annual picnics for his grandchildren every May. His children were invited, but told their kids were the honoured guests. Learn to make ice cream and play croquet.

Summer Victorian Teas
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Event Dates: July 19, August 16
Time: 11:30am
Location: Oshawa Museum

Take a rest and enjoy some lovely scones, sandwiches and desserts, accompanied by your choice of tea in our heritage gardens by the lake. RSVP Required

Scenes from the Cemetery – a Dramatic Play

Pic and LogoEvent date: September 8 & 9
Time: 2pm
Location: Front gates of Union Cemetery

Discover the stories of Oshawa’s Union Cemetery like never before. Actors bring history to life in Scenes from the Cemetery, a dramatic tour through Oshawa’s history.

International Archaeology Day
Dig in Process
Event date: October 20
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Trent University Durham (tentative)

The Oshawa Museum and Trent University Durham are inviting archaeology enthusiasts, archaeology newbies, curious kids and even Indiana Jones fans down for an afternoon of discovery. Join us for lectures and hands-on activities!

Annual Lamplight Tour
P1080375Event date: December 1
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: The Oshawa Museum

Celebrate the holiday season in traditional Victorian style by touring through Henry and Robinson Houses!  The houses are lit by oil lamps and are decorated in true holiday spirit.

Christmas Victorian Teas
026Event Date: December 12 & 13
Time: 11:30am
Location: Guy House

Celebrate the holiday season at the Oshawa Museum. Enjoy a traditional Victorian tea, with homemade sandwiches, scones and desserts. Tea is followed by a tour of the museum, which is decorated to reflect a traditional Victorian Christmas. RSVP Required

Sunday FUNday


Join the Oshawa Museum on the first Sunday of every month and immerse yourself in history! Every Sunday brings a new inspiring activity!  Drop in between 12 & 4pm.

January 7 – What’s It?

February 4 – Bonnets & Breeches

March 4 – Steel Drums, in partnership with Club Carib and the Oshawa Sounds of Steel

April 8 – General Store

May 6 – The Victorian ‘Cell Phone’

June 3 – Garden Tours

July 8 – We ‘DIG’ history! All About Archaeology

August 5 – Driving History: A look inside the Drive Shed & Carriage Collection

September 2 – Back to School

October 7– Time Capsules

November 4 – Pen & Ink Letters to Santa

December 9 – Pomanders

Tea & Talks

Tea & Talk Logo copyOn last Sunday of the month, join us for afternoon tea.  Enjoy your tea and scones while our Visitor Hosts lead engaging historical discussions.

January 28 – I Spy: The OM Photo Collection

February 25 – Industrial Oshawa

March 25 – McLaughlins & Royalty; guest speaker: Samantha George, Parkwood National Historic Site

April 29 – Victorian Fashion; guest speaker: Patty Davis, The Costume People

May 27 – Prominent Citizens

June 24 – Garden Tours

September 30 – Port Oshawa Pioneer Cemetery

October 28 – Wars & Remembrance

November 25 – Victorian Medicine