Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. Housed in a 150-year-old Waterworks, this National Historic Site preserves two 70-ton steam engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines. The historic Hamilton Waterworks is a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark.

The museum offers guided tours, various permanent and changing exhibits and features special events for the whole family, including Live Steamer Days from May through October.


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

  • $7 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $6 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $6 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $5 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $20 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

We are located at:
900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2
Phone: 905-546-4797
Email: steammuseum@hamilton.ca

The Museum is open year-round.

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.
  • Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Depending on availability, we will open outside of regular hours for pre-booked groups.

The purchase of a $175 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

Weddings at Dundurn

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Group Tours

Corporate Rentals


Events at the Museum

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same!

Exterior view of Steam Museum in winter

Family Fun Day - Trains, Trains and more Trains
Monday, February 15, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology would like to invite you to join us on Family Day for train themed fun. Visit our craft station and build and decorate your own building. Take your building home or visit the model railroad and place it alongside the train track where the steam trains will be running. Non-stop fun awaits all who come. Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum. Suitable for ages 4+ yrs. Adult supervision is required.
Events at the Museum of Steam & Technology - Bastien Boat Exhibit

Bastien Boat Exhibit
Runs until February 16, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


Celebrate Hamilton’s Boat building past, explore how boats were built and learn about the vast boating community.
Events at the Museum of Steam & Technology

Whatever Floats your Boat - March Break Activities
Monday, March 14, 2016 to Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


Join us for a boat themed week of activities using everyday household items to create and invent. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.

 

Boats, Models and Trains
Saturday, May 28, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
The Museum is pleased to welcome back the Confederation of Marine Modelers and friends as they demonstrate a variety of radio-controlled model boats. They will be joined by the Canadian Modeling Association for Meccano and Allied Systems (CMamAS) for its annual Meccano Day. Members from the CMamAS from all across Ontario will be here with their models demonstrating their hobby.  Or catch a ride on miniature coal-burning steam-powered trains with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers. This is an outdoor family event. 
Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Hamilton Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology in partnership with the Hammer City Makers is thrilled to be hosting the second annual Mini Maker Faire. The local event is part of a global movement celebrating makers and the things they make. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. The event will feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Families can also enjoy the popular miniature Steam Train rides, boats and a boat crafts for kids presented by the Confederation of Marine Modellers and the Hamilton Model Engineers and the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers. Food trucks and vendors will also be on site. 
Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  



Thomas Keefer's Birthday
Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Join us to celebrate the birthday of Thomas C. Keefer, designer of the 1859 Hamilton Waterworks and a founder of Canada's civil engineering profession.  Cost: Free event and free museum admission.



Be an Engineer!
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
To honour Thomas Keefer and the profession of Mechanical Engineering, young folks are invited to learn about engineering and become an honorary engineer. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Suitable for ages 6-12 yrs. Cost: $20 per child. Pre-registration required



Christmas Workshops
Tuesday, December 20 to Sunday, December 31, 2016 (Closed Christmas and Boxing Day)
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Get out of the cold and into our beautiful historical Woodshed for a free drop-in self-guided craft centre. Be inspired by history and get crafty!  Cost: Free event and regular admission rates apply to the museum.  



Jerry Muskrat's Greatest Lakes Adventure!

Join Jerry as he rows his way through the cities, towns and parks of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway in his series "The Greatest Lakes – a Jerry Muskrat™ Adventure!"

This MOM (Multimedia Outreach Module) is part of a 5-episode story arc developed in partnership with the Hamilton Civic Museums owned and operated by the City of Hamilton. Other National Historic Sites in the series include the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern Historic House & Garden and the Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.

Watch the full series "The Greatest Lakes" a Jerry Muskrat Adventure at jerrymuskrat.com


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