Learning about cars in a museum is safer than experiencing it first-hand by accidentally ingesting a carburetor. Embrace automobiles with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a two-for-one day pass to the Canadian Automotive Museum (a $10 value), located on Simcoe Street South.
The Canadian Automotive Museum illustrates Canada's history in the automotive industry, spanning the details of economic development, Canadian craftsmanship, and valuable and rare car exhibits. The museum showcases around 65 vehicles built during 1898 to 1981, and artifacts on display include motorcycles, trucks, pianos, and the short-lived piano-car. Famous automotive names such as Brooks Steam, Redpath, Tudhope, and McKay exhibit Canada's impact on the auto industry, and a variety of international cars adds to the overall wealth of history inhabiting the 25,000-square-foot building. An array of motor-car and associated parts exemplify the development of engineering skills and craftsmanship in steel steed building from 1770 to present day.
A group of Oshawa businessmen decided to create the Canadian Automotive Museum in 1961 after a fortuneteller envisioned the concept while napping in a horse-drawn buggy. The collection pays homage to Canada's contributions to the auto industry while also giving a general overview of the tricked-out rides of years past. The museum stays open 364 days a year, closing on Christmas Day—when the cars come to life.
Canadian Automotive Museum
Since its opening in 1963, the Canadian Automotive Museum has honored the automotive industry by displaying mint-condition vehicles, some of which date back to the beginning of the 20th century. Many of these cars were manufactured in Canada, whereas others come from America or overseas—but each one has a history that educates and entices visitors.
Size: 25,000 square feet, enough room to hold more than 60 vehicles plus motorcycles, bicycles, and trucks
The Building: a former 1920's car dealership, featuring the original elevator that moved cars from floor to floor when they were too lazy to take the stairs
Eye Catcher: the only remaining 1903 Redpath Messenger; built in Kitchener, its original owner was one of the first employees of the famed Canadian car company
Don't Miss: Lady Eaton's 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Pro Tip: the museum and gift shop are both cash only, so hit the ATM on your way there