Hamilton Civic Museums

Group Tour Experiences

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

Starting September 22, 2021, each person who enters an indoor facility for meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. The only exceptions permitted for meeting and event spaces 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 or admission/membership 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 do not need to show proof of vaccination to access the gift shop, washroom facilities, retail or admission purchases and guided tours. Proof of vaccination is only required to enter indoor meeting and event spaces.

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 meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. Verification is required for any individual who is not an employee working in or operating the facility.

When arriving at a meeting or event space, 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 quickly use the closest non-changeroom washroom and exit the building.

I am unvaccinated – can I still enter the event or meeting space?
These vaccine exemptions apply to meeting and event spaces:

  • 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 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 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 recreation centre/arena 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. Staff may request at any time, documented proof of contact tracing, and evidence of vaccination screening.

Hamilton Civic Museums offer guided tours and immersive experiences for groups of all ages. Each museum listed below offers a one-hour guided tour experience led by costumed interpreters. 

Looking for Accessible Virtual Tour options? Accessible options are available at Dundurn Castle, Battlefield House Museum, and Whitehern Historic House: Virtual Tour Experiences ‘guided’ by costumed interpreters for a $50 flat fee, in addition to the per person group tour rate outlined below.

MUSEUM REGULAR ADMISSION - Adult / Senior / Child GROUP TOUR - Adult & Senior GROUP TOUR - Child
Dundurn Castle $14 / $12 / $8 $9.50 $6.50
The Historic Kitchen Garden at Dundurn N/A $4 $3.50
Battlefield House Museum & Park $8.50 / $7.50 / $6 $6 $4.75
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology $8.50 / $7.50 / $6 $6 $4.75
Whitehern Historic House & Garden $8.50 / $7.50 / $6 $6 $4.75

 

  • All venues and programs are subject to availability.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • To qualify for a group rate, we require a minimum payment for 15 people.
  • The maximum group size for MacNab’s Kitchen is 45 people.
  • Numbers must be confirmed at least 4 days prior to arrival.
  • Prices are quoted in Canadian currency and include all applicable taxes and gratuities.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Fair exchange is always given on U.S. currency.
  • One complimentary admission will be provided for every 20 paid persons.
  • Applicable to group leader or professional escort/driver only.
  • Volume and Receptive Operator discounts are available by emailing [email protected] or calling 905-546-2424 ext. 7527

Mary Christmas


Explore 100 year of Christmas at three National Historic Sites beautifully decorated for the Holidays and learn about the Mary’s that once lived in these elegant homes.

Battlefield House Museum & Park - former home of Mary Gage (1777 to 1853) & her 10 children

Step back in time to experience the warmth, welcome and simplicity of an early 19th century Christmas. Relive a holiday when tallow candles lit the way and evergreen boughs bedecked the mantles.

Dundurn Castle - former home of Mary MacNab (1812 to 1846) & her children

Rediscover a Victorian Christmas at Dundurn National Historic Site as Sir Allan MacNab and his daughters Minnie and Sophia might have enjoyed in 1855. Cedar garlands grace the drawing room, and the dining room is set for a gracious Christmas feast.

Whitehern Historic House & Garden - former home of Mary McQuesten (1849 to1934) & her 6 children

Experience The McQuesten’s Childhood Christmas, complete with their original toys and holiday décor including cedar garland, rich satin ribbons, and a twelve-foot-high tree trimmed with tinsel and glass ornaments.

People standing around the inside of Battlefield during Christmas

Cost: $19 per person
Time: 3.5 hours plus travel time & lunch stop
Discounts available for Receptive Tour Operators, and series volume bookings.
Note: Minimum payment for 15 persons required.
To book, contact 905-546-2872 or [email protected].

Immersive Encounters


MacNab's Kitchen

In the 19th century servants were employed in large homes like Dundurn to do a variety of tasks such as washing, dusting, polishing and cooking.  Assisted by Dundurn’s Cook Demonstrators, guests will work together to make a traditional recipe in our historic kitchen. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore with costumed staff over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle.

Dundurn also offers tailor made programming to suit the taste and needs of your group. Please call the museum and we will be happy to work with you to make your cooking experience a successful one.

Guests preparing food at Dundurn kitchen

Cost: $35 per person
Time: 2 hours - mornings only
TICO Certified Tour Operators: $30 per person
Further discounts available for Receptive Tour Operators, and series volume bookings.
Note: Minimum payment for 15 people required.

 

The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812. Burlington Heights, where the Castle now stands, was occupied by the British military from 1813 until 1815. Your journey will begin at The Hamilton Military Museum to uncover the history surrounding the property. Discover evidence of military fortifications as the tour takes you outdoors through key areas in Dundurn Park including the rarely see Cock Pit building. The guided tour concludes with a look inside Dundurn Castle focusing on the 1812 architectural features that Sir Allan MacNab later incorporated into his well-known home.

This tour contains outdoor components; please come dressed for the weather and prepared for walking on uneven terrain.

Aerial photograph of Dundurn National Historic Site

Cost: $30 per person
Time: 2 hours - mornings only
TICO Certified Tour Operators: $25 per person
Further discounts available for Receptive Tour Operators, and series volume bookings.
Note: Minimum payment for 15 people required.

 

Suggested Itineraries


Homes and Gardens

The War of 1812 Encounter

The Vintage Experience