Hamilton Civic Museums

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

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 Road, Ancaster, Ontario L9G 1L8
Phone: 905-648-8144
Email: [email protected]

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 $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 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


Exhibit: Stories from the Edge

Thursday, January 2, 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.

Evening Quilting Workshop Series - SOLD OUT

Friday, January 3, 2020 to Friday, May 1, 2020
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Participants of all skill levels are welcome to engage in this make-a-quilt project.This once-a-month workshop is a great way to discover quilting.

Morning Quilting Workshop Series - SOLD OUT!

Monday, January 6, 2020 to Monday, May 25, 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Participants of all skill levels are welcome to engage in this make-a-quilt project and to work on their own designs.

Family Day at Fieldcote: Art Attack

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

Help us fill our new gallery space with bright, cheerful creations. We supply the canvas and colours so come and be Art-tastic at Fieldcote.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures

Thursday, February 20, 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.

Children's Art Exhibition: Art Attack

Saturday, February 22, 2020 to Saturday, March 28, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Experience this display of bright and cheerful art works created by children visiting the museum on Family Day.

March Break: Fieldcote

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

Bring the whole family to participate in some exciting hands on activities.

March Break: Fieldcote

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Bring the whole family to participate in some exciting hands on activities.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures

Thursday, March 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.

Sing Along Concert

Friday, March 20, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Enjoy this free children’s concert presented by local singer/songwriter Bruce Simpson.

Art Exhibition: Collection by Doris Farmer

Saturday, April 11, 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.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures

Thursday, April 16, 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.

Outdoor Exhibition: Earth Meets Art

Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Saturday, May 30, 2020
(All day)

Explore this outdoor earth art exhibition by Ancaster High School students featuring art works made from natural materials such as branches, logs a

Doors Open: Fieldcote

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

Discover the stories attached to 32 objects that showcase what makes Ancaster memorable while visiting the new exhibit; Voices from the Edge– Stori

Curator Site Tours of Griffin House & Fieldcote Memorial Park

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Enjoy a curator led tour of Griffin House and Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum’s current exhibit “Stories from the Edge”, then enjoy a light lunc

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures

Thursday, May 21, 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.

Historic Pastimes

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

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

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

Ancaster Heritage Days

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.

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 through this series of framed textiles and wall hangi

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures

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

Engage in this interactive theatre experience and discover secrets, find clues and interact with costumed actors as you explore history in a whole

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

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 and enjoy an illustrated presentation about how tree rings record a forest's history, the relevance

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures

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 whilst listening to holiday classics and sipping 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.