Robert McLaughlin Gallery, TheDigital Doors Open Oshawa

  • In-person
  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Virtual tours
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The

The original gallery (1969) was a square, stone, modernist structure. In 1987, architect Arthur Erickson designed an expansion that added an additional 3,345 square metres (36,000 square feet) to meet the growing needs of the gallery and the community. Erickson built his newly designed space around the existing structure, incorporating the original stone façade into the dramatic lobby design.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the largest in Durham Region, occupies a building designed by well-known Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, whose design flooded the lobby with natural light via skylights in the soaring ceilings. As part of Digital Doors Open, come and take a trip through the permanent collection. Through virtual tours given by Curator of Collections Sonya Jones, you can explore the Journeys exhibition or learn about the history of Lakeview Park in Oshawa’s Jewel by the Lake (shown below). Oshawa’s Jewel by the Lake celebrates the 100th anniversary of Lakeview Park, and is part of a larger programming initiative by the Oshawa Museum that includes a virtual exhibition. After you have taken the virtual tour and visited the online exhibition, be sure to check out the fun, family-friendly art activity. Don’t forget to show the gallery your art projects and tag them with #thermgFromHome.

Contact info

72 Queen Street
Oshawa, Ontario


Year built: 1969; Erickson addition 1987
Building type:MuseumGallery
Architect: Arthur Erickson
Architectural style:Modernism

Dates/hours open

May 06, 10:00am - May 06, 04:00pm

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.