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“Not What I Expected”

Canadian Automotive Museum
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Guided Tour of the Canadian Automotive Museum
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Oshawa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Canadian Automotive Museum collects and displays the history of the automobile in Canada. The museum is open: Monday-Friday 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm (April through October), Closed Public Holidays
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not What I Expected”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is a smaller museum and seemed a little cramped. The displays are worth seeing if you are into the 'older era', and the admission price is very low. It's definitely something to at least visit, but I wouldn't necessarily go repeatedly.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank ClassyFreeSpirit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“On it's last legs???”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

The visit to this museum was bittersweet: it is housed in an old Chevy Dealership in downtown Oshawa and it is OVER-loaded with cars, so much so that they are packed into every corner. Some you can only view from afar. There were so many on the second floor that I honestly was concerned about all that weight on those old WOODEN floors. On the same floor, I noted that the men's room was out of order and saw another poster here noted that back in August. I would have thought it would have been fixed by now.
The selection of cars was good but a big disappointment was the MIS-information on the display signs. I would have thought that a Canadian car historian would KNOW that in 1949 the car was a "Meteor" and NOT a "Mercury Meteor". It was a Ford body with Mercury trim but the name Mercury never was part of the car until the 1960s. The display even included a Mercury sales catalog, which had no relation to the car. Many of the cars were in poor condition and were dirty. There were examples of cars that were built in Canada, but the biggest disappointment was the lack of "true" Canadian cars. Other than the Meteor mentioned above and a 1957 Canadian Dodge, missing were Acadian, Beaumont, Monarch, Frontenac, Mercury & Fargo trucks and the rest of the assorted cars with Canadian accents.
Otherwise, it was dark and dank and just getting to it was less than thrilling. Parking is free IF you can find a spot. Overall, disappointing.
If you want to see it, I'd suggest that you hurry: I can't see how it can stay open much longer

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Piedmont33
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Major disappointment”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This place reminds me of a Clint Eastwood movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. First the good: It was only $5. It has old cars, many original and unrestored. For a gearhead like me, that part was pretty good plus there was lots of vintage non-automotive items there. I also enjoyed the idea that they used a vintage auto dealership as a location. Nice idea, in principle. The Bad: It was too packed. There were several cars that were packed in behind other cars with no real indicator as to what they were. Many pieces I had to admire from 2 car widths away. The information on the cars was inconsistent. Some plaques told a rather interesting story, some told very little. Even the "font" used was inconsistent, leading to an amateurish look. Many parts were poorly lit. I had a hard time seeing many items in the corners. I knew many of the non-automotive pieces and automotive mechanical assemblies [engines, Austin mini drive train, outboard motors, lawnmower...] but my wife was often asking "What the h*ll is that?". Other than the Austin Mini assembly, there were absolutely NO signs of what they were. A non-gearhead would simply see these pieces as just so much junk. There was absolutely no sense of order. There was no pattern, other than the Rolls Royce collection downstairs. The Ugly: The men's washroom was out of order and only one stall was operational in the women's room. Yes, things happen but theses things are a rather easy and inexpensive thing to fix, not to mention rather important. It felt like a dungeon in there. This place could have been made to look much more inviting without disturbing the authenticity of a "vintage car dealership" I highly doubt that anybody selling new cars would have had such a dark looking location, in any era. I only recommend this place for a hard core gearhead who knows what to expect.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank James B
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Oshawa, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent tour of the automotive history”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We visit this museum last fall during the open doors of Ontario , it was excellent and educational for all of us. It definetly something to see. It is like walking back in the past including the building itself. enjoy.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Glen B
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Oshawa, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

If you like to see cars from the beginning of time this is your place. See Royals Royce, Jaguar ,
Model T's , Harley's and much more. A must see!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Brenda M
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