Hamilton Children's Museum

Hamilton Civic Museums - Owned and operated by the City of Hamilton www.hamilton.ca/museums - Children's Museum

The Hamilton Children’s Museum re-opened on Saturday, December 5

The Hamilton Children’s Museum invites young visitors to stretch their imagination as they touch, build and experiment in a friendly, child-focused setting. Home to interactive, hands-on galleries, the museum encourages learning through self-directed play.

Newly renovated gallery exhibits take their inspiration from Hamilton’s natural landscape and how it is used by people and other living things: 

  • The Summers Theatre Stage, inspired by the popular theatre that once sat atop Wentworth Street incline railway on the escarpment
  • The Building Gallery, featuring Gage Park and its transformation from family orchard to urban greenspace 
  • The Ship Gallery, featuring above and below deck activities, including a galley kitchen, a cargo boom and a musical ship whistle

Housed in an 1875 farmhouse in beautiful Gage Park, the museum was once home to Hamilton’s Gage Family. It has been providing family-friendly learning opportunities to the public for more than 30 years.

Hamilton Children’s Museum welcomes schools, community organizations, daycare classes and group bookings. During busy times, there may be a short, outdoor wait and visits may be limited to one hour. Visitors can call ahead to find out if there is a line up on the day they are visiting.  

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

  • $2 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $2 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $2 for youth ages 13 to 18
  • $4 for children ages 1 to 12
  • Infants who are under 1 year visit for free
  • $9 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

We are located at:
1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6  
Phone: 905-546-4848
Email: childrensmuseum@hamilton.ca

The Museum is open year-round.

October 1 to March 31
Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

April 1 to September 30
Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Birthday Parties

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour

Events at the Children's Museum

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at the Hamilton Children's Museum throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same!

Summer Fun

Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August. Suitable for all ages.

Childrens Musuem Kids playing with colours
Test Tube Tuesdays
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

August 23 - Weather Science
August 30 - Space

Windowsill Garden Wednesdays at Hamilton Children's Museum
Windowsill Garden Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

August 17 - Who Needs Plants
August 24 - Plant Science
August 31 - Mystery of the Garden

Think Art Thursdays
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

August 18 - Textures
August 25 - Colours
September 1 - Perspectives

Funday Fridays

Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

August 19 - Ancient World
August 26 - Hobby Time
September 2 - Our Green World

Saturday Structures at Hamilton Children's Museum
Saturday Structures

Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

August 20 - Big Blue Blocks
August 27 - Big Blue Blocks
September 3 - Big Blue Blocks

Wednesday Wigglers

Families can enjoy semi-structured preschool programing and a visit to the children’s museum. Enjoy songs, activities, story-time, sensory play, and a craft with a different theme each week. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.

Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Cost: Regular admission rates
Phone: 905-546-4848 or email childrensmuseum@hamilton.ca

Sept 14 - Pirates
Sept 21 - Fruits and Vegetables
Sept 28 - In Your Neighbourhood

Oct 5 - Thanksgiving
Oct 12 - On the Farm
Oct 19 - All About Me
Oct 26 - Halloween

Nov 2 - Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Nov 9 - Sesame Street
Nov 16 - Construction
Nov 23 - Tooth Fairy
Nov 30 - Superheroes

Dec 7 - Clifford the Big Red Dog
Dec 14 - Gingerbread and Cookies
Dec 21 - Snow

International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Arrrh! Shiver me timbers! If ya don’t visit us on this day be prepared to “Take a long walk on a short plank!!!” Talk like a pirate; enjoy pirate food and enjoy pirate indoor and outdoor fun!

Blue Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Visit all three galleries, join in on 6 count down throughout the day. Have fun with indoor and outdoor activities to say good bye to the past year and hello to the New Year!