Hamilton Civic Museums

Dundurn National Historic Site

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

Starting November 9, 2021, each person who enters an indoor facility for guided tours, workshops, meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by a staff member. The only exceptions permitted include:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail purchases (without the intent to stay)

For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination

Do I need proof of vaccination to go on a tour in the museum?
You will be required to show proof of vaccination with identification to participate in a guided tour of the museum. Proof of vaccination is not required to access the washroom facilities or for retail purchases. 

What can I expect for vaccine verification when I visit a City Museum event or meeting space?
Each person who enters an indoor facility for a meeting or event must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be visually verified by a staff member. Verification is required for any individual who is not an employee working in or operating the facility.

When arriving for a meeting or event, signage will indicate the main entrance. Vaccine verification is required when entering a meeting or event space, followed by contact and health screening. Please plan and adjust arrival times accordingly as you may experience wait times before entering. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Will my vaccination records or personal health information be kept or recorded?
No. Any vaccination records or documentation will only be visually verified - no information will be retained or copied.

If I am just leaving the facility briefly and coming right back in, do I have to show my vaccine verification each time I enter the facility?
Yes. Businesses and organizations are not permitted to retain vaccine records or status, so individuals will be required to show their proof of vaccination each time they enter the facility.

What is acceptable proof of vaccination or identification?
Proof of vaccination, identification and exemption requirements are determined by the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination.

Identification is required to verify name and date of birth only.

  • Must show Name and Date of Birth, issued from an institution or organization
  • Does not need to include a picture
  • Can be shown as a photocopy or digital/electronical version (on a device)
  • Can be expired

Do I need to show vaccine verification to use the washrooms in museum facility?
No. Members of the public will be permitted to use the washroom facilities.

I am unvaccinated – can I still enter the event or meeting space or participate in a guided tour?
The following vaccine exemptions apply:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)

Are youth required to show identification?  What is acceptable identification?
Youth 13 to 17 years of age accessing a tour, meeting or event space are required to show proof of vaccination and identification in accordance with the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination.

What if I refuse to show vaccine verification?
No member of the public will be permitted to participate in a guided tour or enter the event or meeting space without proof of vaccination or exemption.

The City of Hamilton has a Zero Tolerance policy. Anyone engaging in verbal assaults, threats or aggression, vandalism, or incitement of violence will be ejected from the property with a mandatory suspension from all municipal facilities. We ask that everyone attending a City facility contributes to a positive and supportive environment for children, their families, and community sport.

What if someone in attendance at my event refuses to show vaccine verification?
The event organizer is responsible to ensure that attendees are aware of and comply with the Provincial requirement to show vaccination status when entering a meeting or event space.  If they do not comply, the event may be cancelled, and a refund will not be issued. 

Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813.

Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab.

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William Reid was Sir Allan’s gardener for over 25 years. Explore the lovingly restored two-acre Historic Kitchen Garden where costumed staff grow over 200 heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for use in the historic kitchen. Open mid-May through mid-October. Enjoy free garden tours in July and August.

The 1870’s Coach House is home to The Castle Shop featuring a variety of Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts. The former Hayloft on the upper level is a unique meeting and reception facility that can accommodate up to 120 guests.

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Buy your general admission tickets online to Dundurn Castle
To accelerate the on-site registration process, ticket-holders are asked to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment on the day of their visit.

Admission includes a 1 hour guided tour of Dundurn Castle and admission to  The Hamilton Military Museum. Tickets must be purchased in advance online (see “Buy Online” link below) and are non-refundable and non-transferrable.  Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your tour start time.  While walk-in visitors are accommodated when possible, priority is given to ticket-holders.  The Historic Kitchen Garden is open from June to October for free self-guided tours.

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

  • $14 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $12 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $12 for students ages 13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID
  • $8 for children ages 6 to 12
  • FREE for children ages 5 and under – free tickets must be obtained to ensure social distancing
  • $38 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

The museum is only partially wheelchair accessible. Call for more details.

We are located at:
610 York Blvd, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3H1
Phone: 905-521-3168
Email: [email protected]

Free on-site parking.

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 $200 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

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Events at Dundurn

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at Dundurn National Historic Site throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same! View all Hamilton Civic Museums Events


Victorian Christmas

Thursday, November 25, 2021 to Sunday, January 2, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

Holiday Historic Cooking Workshop: Victorian Delights - SOLD OUT

Friday, December 3, 2021
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn.

Christmas Evening Tours

Saturday, December 4, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Sunday, December 5, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Friday, December 10, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Saturday, December 11, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Holiday Historic Cooking Workshop: Victorian Delights - SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 12, 2021
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn.

Christmas Evening Tours

Sunday, December 12, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Friday, December 17, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Saturday, December 18, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Sunday, December 19, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Wednesday, December 29, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

Christmas Evening Tours

Thursday, December 30, 2021
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A truly unique opportunity to visit Dundurn Castle in the evening, beautifully decorated for the season with the assistance of the Garden Club of H

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. Other National Historic Sites in the series include: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern Historic House & Garden and Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.

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

Dundurn videos

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