Hamilton Children's Museum

Hamilton Civic Museums - Owned and operated by the City of Hamilton www.hamilton.ca/museums - Children's Museum

The Hamilton Children’s Museum re-opened on Saturday, December 5

The Hamilton Children’s Museum invites young visitors to stretch their imagination as they touch, build and experiment in a friendly, child-focused setting. Home to interactive, hands-on galleries, the museum encourages learning through self-directed play.

Newly renovated gallery exhibits take their inspiration from Hamilton’s natural landscape and how it is used by people and other living things: 

  • The Summers Theatre Stage, inspired by the popular theatre that once sat atop Wentworth Street incline railway on the escarpment
  • The Building Gallery, featuring Gage Park and its transformation from family orchard to urban greenspace 
  • The Ship Gallery, featuring above and below deck activities, including a galley kitchen, a cargo boom and a musical ship whistle

Housed in an 1875 farmhouse in beautiful Gage Park, the museum was once home to Hamilton’s Gage Family. It has been providing family-friendly learning opportunities to the public for more than 30 years.

Hamilton Children’s Museum welcomes schools, community organizations, daycare classes and group bookings. During busy times, there may be a short, outdoor wait and visits may be limited to one hour. Visitors can call ahead to find out if there is a line up on the day they are visiting.  


Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated.

  • $2 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $2 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $2 for youth ages 13 to 18
  • $4 for children ages 1 to 12
  • Infants who are under 1 year visit for free
  • $9 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

We are located at:
1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6  
Phone: 905-546-4848
Email: childrensmuseum@hamilton.ca

The Museum is open year-round.

October 1 to March 31
Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

April 1 to September 30
Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Birthday Parties

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour


Events at the Children's Museum

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at the Hamilton Children's Museum throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same!

Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am


Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.

Wednesday Wigglers – Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm


Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.

Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am


This event is for people who get up really early, every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday weekend morning at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Share some company, coffee and treats and let the kids get to work playing in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event.


Family Day - Pine Cone Café
Monday, February 15, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Celebrate your family with us! Welcome to the Pine Cone Cafe where children and their adults can make bird snacks for our feathered friends during the winter months. Participants will make bird feeders from pine cones as well as their own bird books to take home.



Wednesday Wigglers – Clifford the Big Red Dog
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am
This event is for people who get up really early, every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday weekend morning at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Share some company, coffee and treats and let the kids get to work playing in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event.



Wednesday Wigglers – Tooth Fairy
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am
This event is for people who get up really early, every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday weekend morning at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Share some company, coffee and treats and let the kids get to work playing in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event.



Wednesday Wigglers – Dr. Seuss
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



Wednesday Wigglers – Water
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



March Break Madness
Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time:  Monday to Saturday - 9:30am to 3:30 pm, Sunday - 11 am to 4 pm

This March Break the Children’s Museum can satisfy the budding dramatic artist, inspiring engineer and innovative environmentalist.  Visit our galleries to discover the uses of the “mountain” and the Hamilton Harbour in building our City of Hamilton. Cost: Adults $2, Seniors/Youth $2, Children $4, Infants (under 1yr) Free, Family $9.


Wednesday Wigglers – Easter
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Dinosaurs
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Nutrition
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Clouds
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Earth Day
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Outer Space
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Thomas the Tank Engine
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Beach Day
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Carnival
Wednesday May 25, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Arrrh! Shiver me timbers! If ya don’t visit us on this day be prepared to “Take a long walk on a short plank!!!” Talk like a pirate; enjoy pirate food and enjoy pirate indoor and outdoor fun! Dress Like a pirate and get into the museum for free!


Blue Year’s Eve
Saturday December 31, 2016

Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Visit all three galleries, join in on 6 count down throughout the day. Have fun with indoor and outdoor activities to say good bye to the past year and hello to the New Year!