Hamilton Civic Museums

Griffin House National Historic Site

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.

We are located at:
733 Mineral Springs Road, Dundas, Ontario L9H 5E3
Phone: 905-648-8144
Email: [email protected]

Griffin House is open from July through September.

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

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.

Weddings at Dundurn

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Corporate Rentals

Group Tours

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 Museum Events


Black History Month Lecture

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating lecture that celebrates Black History month

This is a free event.

Doors Open: Griffin House National Historic Site

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

Enjoy a guided tour of this rare example of residential vernacular architecture built in the 1820s, and representative of Black history in Hamilton

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

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.

Emancipation Day

Sunday, August 2, 2020
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us to celebrate Emancipation Day and discover how Enerals Griffin and his family, among the first African-American settlers in Ancaster, lived

Curator Site Tours of Griffin House & Fieldcote Memorial Park

Wednesday, September 30, 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