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 will re-open 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
  • $4 for children ages 6 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.

Weddings at Dundurn

Historic Cooking Workshops

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Corporate Rentals

Group Tours

Field Trips - Teachers

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!

Grand Re-opening
Saturday, December 5
Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

A full day of free programming which includes:
Opening ceremonies, led by Mayor Fred Eisenberger and special guests, will start at 9:30 am.
Free programming at the Gage Park Greenhouse, located off of Lawrence Rd, will run from 9:30 am to 3 pm including:

  • Four performances by Studio Babette Puppet Theatre
    • Goldilocks at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
    • Little Red Riding Hood at 11:30 am
    • Little Pigs at 2:30 pm
  • Musician Dave Gould performing and interacting with mobile percussion instruments
  • Imagination Play Blocks
  • Puppet making crafts 

Cost: Free

Free Admission
Sunday, December 6
Time: 11 am to 4 pm

Come check out the new and renovated exhibits. Cost: Free

Winter Whimsy
Wednesdays, December 9 to 30
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Visit us on Wednesdays during the month of December for winter activities and crafts. Suitable for all ages. Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum


Blue Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Celebrate a family New Year with a visit to all three museum galleries and join in on one of six ‘count downs’ throughout the day. Engage in indoor and outdoor activities while we say good bye to the past year and hello to the New Year! Suitable for all ages. Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum