Hamilton Civic Museums

Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn National Historic Site (including Dundurn Castle, The Hamilton Military Museum, and The Historic Kitchen Garden) and the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology  are open to the public as of July 15 offering modified programming on a Wednesday to Sunday schedule, and are accepting bookings for events.

All other Hamilton Civic Museums are now accepting bookings for events beginning January 2021.

Bookings will be accommodated based on availability and in compliance with current Provincial social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines.

 

Admission tickets must be obtained on-line. Visitors reserving tickets through the Library Pass program will be required to present their ticket and library card upon arrival. Guests will need to adhere to Social Distancing guidelines while on site and the use of facemasks is recommended. Washrooms and high-touch areas will be disinfected after each tour. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout your visit. While walk-in visitors will be accommodated where possible, priority will be given to ticket-holders.

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.

Full-price ticket includes admission to Dundurn Castle, The Historic Kitchen Garden (Open June to October) and The Hamilton Military Museum. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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
  • Children five years old or younger visit for free
  • $37 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: 905-546-2872
Email: [email protected]

Free on-site parking.

The Museum is open year-round.

  • Wednesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, 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 $190 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

Weddings at Dundurn

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Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Field Trips - Teachers

Group Tours

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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


Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 to Sunday, August 16, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, August 29, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Led by costumed staff, you will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family.

Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to Sunday, September 6, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Led by costumed staff, you will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family.

We Remember

Friday, November 6, 2020 to Sunday, November 8, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace.

Victorian Christmas

Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

First Day of Christmas at Dundurn

Sunday, November 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Dundurn for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for free.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 4, 2020 to Sunday, December 6, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 11, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 18, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

Ring in the New Year

Sunday, December 27, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration required.

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

 Visit Dundurn National Historic Site from your own home through our virtual experience playlist