|We are open all year!
Administrative office hours are Tuesday to Friday 8am - 4pm
July and August Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm
Museum Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday 12pm – 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm
July and August Monday to Sunday 11am - 4pm
Other times by appointment
Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 8S8
Tel: (905) 436-7624
The Heritage Gardens behind Henry House features various herbal plots, including culinary, medicinal, tea and dye herbs. The garden space is interpreted as Lurenda’s garden, illustrating how the herbs would have been used and why. The Heritage Gardens feature two designated heritage trees, recognized by Trees Ontario, a fleur-de-lis from the Centre Street United Church, dated 1874, and a garden brick donor walkway.
The Oshawa Community Museum is the only community museum in Oshawa and depicts local history through the interpretation of three restored buildings. All three homes stand on their original foundations and provide a greater understanding of the lifestyles of Oshawa's early settlers.
Henry House was the first of the three homes to be restored by the Oshawa Historical Society and was opened as Henry House Museum in 1960. Since then, the Museum has grown to include Robinson House (added in 1969) and Guy House (added in 1985).
The Museum buildings were designated as Provincial heritage sites in 1989, the first buildings in Oshawa to receive this designation.
In 1982, the Museum was named Oshawa Sydenham Museum to link the buildings with the lakefront area, once known as Port Sydenham. On Canada Day, 1998 the Museum was renamed Oshawa Community Museum & Archives to reflect its important role in Oshawa's historical, educational and cultural life.
Guy House was the home of Harbour Master James Odgers Guy. Its construction is typical of a frame farm house reminiscent of the mid to late 1830s. It opened in 1985, as the administrative centre of the Museum and houses the Oshawa Community Archives and the Museum Shop. Start your tour here.
Henry House was the home of Thomas Henry, a local minister, veteran of the War of 1812 and active participant in the development of Port Oshawa. Thomas and his family moved into the stone house in 1850. Even after Thomas' death in 1879, the house remained in the Henry family until 1920 when it was purchased by Samuel and George McLaughlin. They in turn sold the property to the town for one dollar. Henry House is portrayed as a period home typical of the lifestyle of the Henry family from the 1850s through the 1890s.
Robinson House was built by John Robinson, a Quaker, in the early 1850s. Constructed from locally-made yellow brick, the house has a gambrel or barn-type roof. A simple family home for much of its life, Robinson House now contains a series of galleries and changing exhibits focusing on various topics in Oshawa's history from native settlement through to early twentieth century industrial expansion and development.
Drive Shed was constructed in 2009 and provides exhibition space for several large artifacts in the museum collection including a 1914 McLaughlin buggy and a seed drill manufactured by Coulthard Scott of Oshawa (ca 1885).