Hamilton Civic Museums

Griffin House 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. 

Closure Notice

Griffin House National Historic Site remains closed due to capital project work.

 

Visit this preserved early 19th century home, set on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Dundas Valley. Explore the history of Enerals Griffin and other early Black settlers, and enjoy a walk along nearby trails.

There is no cost to visit Griffin House.

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

We are located at:
733 Mineral Springs Rd, Dundas, Ontario L9H 5E3
Phone: 905-521-3168
Email: [email protected]

Paid parking available at the nearby Hermitage. Limited accessible-only parking at Griffin House.

Griffin House is open from July through September.

  • Sundays only from 1 to 4 pm
  • Open for Doors Open weekend

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 Griffin House

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

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