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Spots for the Historians in Downtown Oshawa

Settlement in Oshawa traces back to the 1400's. Needless to say, there is a ton of history in the area. While modernization is prevalent in the city today, there are certainly touches of history scattered around. If you'd like to explore the roots of Downtown Oshawa, there are a few key places we suggest you visit.

Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum showcases how Oshawa came to be known as an "auto town". The main floor holds dozens of cars, while the second floor tells the story of automobiles in Downtown Oshawa. The museum's collection of cars dates back to the 1900's, truly allowing viewers to see the transformation of the automobile over time. There are also activities and exhibits for kids, including a full-scale model of Lightning McQueen from the Disney movie Cars 3. Start your engine and head to the Canadian Automotive Museum today!

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What’s 6 feet or 2 metres? The width of a 1955 Buick Special! Keep that in mind if you have to go out. #6feetapart #buick #carmuseum #1955buick

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Regent Theatre

If you're looking for some entertainment history, you need to check out Regent Theatre. This theatre was built in 1919 and has seen hundreds of thousands of guests over the years. Regent Theatre has offered guests films, live performances, and shows. There are loads of interior and architectural features of Regent Theatre, including its double basement, chandeliers, and stage design. While many of the original elements of Regent Theatre have been replaced and remodelled, Regent Theatre still holds a valuable piece of Downtown Oshawa's entertainment history.

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Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery

To get a picture of Downtown Oshawa's history, stop by the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery. The original museum was built in 1969 and was expanded in 1987. Though it's collection of over 4500 works, the gallery shares the story of modern and contemporary Canadian Art. Extending the art display, online exploration of the exhibits allows distant visitors to get a small taste of what the gallery has to offer. There is also a ton of programming, events, and activities offered for all. If you want to be captivated by moving pieces from the modern and historical Canadian art scene, the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery is the place for you.

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Happy International Women’s Day! In celebration, we are sharing some views of our current exhibition Made of Honey, Gold, and Marigold which includes powerful and thought-provoking work by three, contemporary women artists: Kapwani Kiwanga, Kosisochukwu Nnebe, and Rajni Perera. ✨✊ . . Curated by Geneviève Wallen, this exhibition is a contemporary exploration of the sun, as an activator of sensory engagement, provoking deeper contemplations on sensuality, eroticism, pleasure, and politics of desire. Inspired by Dionne Brand’s descriptions of her young protagonist Maya and her awakening self-awareness, the selected works by Kapwani Kiwanga, Kosisochukwu Nnebe, and Rajni Perera, draw attention to a multilayered sensory ecology that weaves together embodiment, space, and the radiance of the sun. @rajniperera @colouredconversations @wallen_curates ✨ . . . . #thermg #iwd2020 #internationalwomensday #womenartists #contemporaryart

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R.S. McLaughlin Armoury

On the north half of Downtown Oshawa is the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury, showcasing some of the war history of Oshawa. Since it's opening in 1914, the building has been used to train military members, serve as a tank division, and more. The castle-like building is currently the home to the Ontario Regiment. Outside you can see a military tank. In 1991, the federal government made the Armoury a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. To date, there are still Remembrance Day tributes that happen at the Armoury. The Armoury is a spot to check out if you're interested in war histories.

Downtown Oshawa has transformed so much over the centuries, and there is so much future potential. Though, past roots of Downtown Oshawa are still prominent throughout the region today. We highly recommend checking these places out to time travel backward in Canadian history.

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By Roger Ragoonath