Hamilton Civic Museums

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

City facilities including Hamilton Civic Museums will remain closed until further notice to keep the public and staff safe and help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Fieldcote is a cultural heritage centre with an emphasis on the collection, preservation and exhibition of local history, the promotion of fine arts and the celebration of natural heritage through beautiful landscaped gardens and walking trails. 

Explore ‘Stories From the Edge’, an exhibition celebrating the history of Ancaster. Set on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, with a bounty of water and resources, Ancaster has attracted humans since the retreat of the last glacier over 10,000 years ago. Using 31 stories and artifacts, one for every year the museum has been open, this exhibition offers snapshots of Ancaster’s history from the earliest human occupants to present day.

Adult workshops and children’s activities are available upon request. Fieldcote offers:

  • TripAdvisor Review IconAward-winning pesticide-free gardens
  • A summer concert series
  • Rotating art and history exhibits
  • A meeting place for local groups

Image of Ancaster Old TOwn HallAncaster Old Town Hall

Fieldcote manages historic Ancaster Old Town Hall. Built in 1870, it's one of the finest pieces of stone architecture in Ancaster and a unique venue for hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions, family gatherings and public events.

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

  • $4.50 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $4 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $4 for students ages 13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $3.25 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $13.50 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

We are located at:
64 Sulphur Springs Rd, Ancaster, Ontario L9G 1L8
Phone: 905-648-8144
Email: [email protected]

Free on-site parking.

The Museum is open year-round.

  • Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 4 pm or by appointment.
  • Closed on Sundays and Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day through to New Year's Day
  • Guests are welcome to wander through the gardens any time.

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

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Corporate Rentals

Group Tours

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Events at Fieldcote

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at Fieldcote throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events


Art Exhibition: Collection by Doris Farmer - CANCELLED

Saturday, May 30, 2020 to Saturday, June 13, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Explore this collection of art works by Doris Farmer from “the vaults” of Fieldcote seldom seen before in public.

Historic Pastimes - CANCELLED

Saturday, June 13, 2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Celebrate Ancaster Heritage Days with a special presentation of Historic Pastimes at the Ancaster Old Town Hall. 

Ancaster Heritage Days Bus Tour - CANCELLED

Saturday, June 13, 2020
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Explore Ancaster’s Black Heritage at the Griffin House and more.

Ancaster Heritage Days - CANCELLED

Saturday, June 13, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fieldcote as we celebrate Heritage Days in beautiful downtown Ancaster.

For all ages.

Exhibition Opening: "Walking Together" - The Indigenous Residential School Experience - POSTPONED

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Explore this Indigenous art project that brought together teenagers from Pauline Johnson Collegiate with former students who attended The Mohawk In

Exhibit: Stories from the Edge

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to Thursday, December 24, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit an exhibit at Fieldcote showcasing stories and aritifacts of Ancaster's history.

Teen Quilt Academy

Monday, August 17, 2020 to Friday, August 21, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for week-long camp that fosters sewing and fibre arts. Participants will finish a twin-sized quilt.

Textile Exhibition: Wisdom of the Rings - The Living Journals of Trees

Friday, September 4, 2020 to Saturday, November 7, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Learn what our ancient White Cedars can tell us about the unique Niagara Escarpment ecosystem.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures - CANCELLED

Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Join the OAS Hamilton Chapter at its monthly meetings and lectures at Fieldcote. A lecture or film is presented, with coffee and snacks.

'Behind Glass’ with Live History Theatre Group

Friday, October 2, 2020
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

An interactive theatre experience to discover secrets, find clues & interact with costumed actors as you explore history in a new way.

Morning Quilting Workshop Series - SOLD OUT

Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, December 14, 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Participants of all skill levels are welcome to engage in this make-a-quilt project. Drop in for a couple of hours a week or stay for four.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures - CANCELLED

Thursday, October 15, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Join the OAS Hamilton Chapter at its monthly meetings and lectures at Fieldcote. A lecture or film is presented, with coffee and snacks.

Annual Great Pumpkin Stroll

Thursday, October 22, 2020
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Fieldcote is pleased to partner with Frank Panabaker Home & School Association and Ancaster Community Services for this “boo-tiful” event.

Coffee & Culture: Wisdom of the Rings - The Living Journals of Trees

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening with artist Lorraine Roy.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures - CANCELLED

Thursday, November 19, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Join the OAS Hamilton Chapter at its monthly meetings and lectures at Fieldcote. A lecture or film is presented, with coffee and snacks.

“Not Your Traditional Wreath” Indoor Christmas Display

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to Thursday, December 24, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Christmas is back at Fieldcote! Enjoy our cozy display of community-decorated wreaths as you listen to holiday classics and sip hot cider.

The Big Sing!

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

Embrace the holiday spirit at the historic Ancaster Old Town Hall and enjoy live music with hot cider and treats.