Hamilton Civic Museums

Dundurn National Historic Site

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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The Kitchen Garden

Rich, bountiful, and a pleasure to the senses, the kitchen garden at Dundurn, as at any fine Victorian home, provided an abundance of fashionable fruit, flowers, vegetables, and herbs, essential to the kitchen and dining room. William Reid was Sir Allan’s gardener for over 25 years. Explore his lovingly restored kitchen garden, where we use 1850’s tools and varieties to grow food for Dundurn Castle’s historic kitchen. Stop by the garden gate for the sights and scents of the 19th century.

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The Coach House

Housed in an 1870’s Coach House, this unique, meeting and reception facility can accommodate groups up to 88 people. The Coach House is also home to The Castle Shop, featuring a variety of Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts.

The Hamilton Military Museum

The tranquil landscape around The Hamilton Military Museum known as Burlington Heights was a centre of defense from 1813 to 1815. This was home to men, women and children connected to the British army and First Nations allies who came together during the conflict known as the War of 1812. The new exhibit Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape tells the stories of people who lived here by connecting artifacts, personalities and modern-day descendants. Step back in time and meet the people tied by blood to this gentle landscape.

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Buy your general admission tickets online to Dundurn Castle

Full-price ticket includes admission to Dundurn Castle, the Kitchen Garden (Open June to October) and The Hamilton Military Museum.

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

  • $12 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $10 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $10 for students ages 13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID
  • $6.50 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Children five years old or younger visit for free
  • $32 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 Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3H1
Phone: 905-546-2872
Email: [email protected]

The Museum is open year-round.

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm. Guided tours are approximately one hour and begin every 20 to 30 minutes
  • 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 $185 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 Museum Events


Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 13, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019
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.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 20, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019
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.

Victorian Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Victorian Christmas

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Sunday, December 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Ring in the New Year

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Sunday, December 29, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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

Off Site Event: Seedy Saturday

Saturday, February 1, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Join the Dundurn’s Gardeners as they will be running the Seed Swap room at

Family Day at Dundurn

Monday, February 17, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Explore a fascinating piece of Hamilton history at Dundurn National Historic Site on Family Day!

Capture the Moment at Dundurn

Saturday, March 14, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Dundurn Castle and The Hamilton Military Museum this March Break and ‘strike a pose’.

Doors Open: Dundurn National Historic Site

Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Experience a self-guided visit of this Italianate-style villa built in 1834 by Sir Allan MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers.

Historic Cooking Workshop: Mother’s Day Tea

Saturday, May 9, 2020
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

During this workshop, you’ll work with Dundurn’s historic cooks to prepare nineteenth-century recipes next to our wood-fired range. 

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, May 30, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Led by costumed staff, visitors will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked belo

From Our Garden to Yours

Saturday, June 6, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dundurn’s historic Kitchen Garden is hosting a free one-day, plant-sharing event.

Historic Plant Sale

Saturday, June 6, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dundurn’s historic Kitchen Garden is hosting a historic plant sale.

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, June 27, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Led by costumed staff, visitors will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked belo

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, July 25, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Led by costumed staff, visitors will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked belo

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, August 22, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Led by costumed staff, visitors will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked belo

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

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

Led by costumed staff, visitors will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked belo

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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