Hamilton Children's Museum

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. At the museum learning happens through play. Play supports a child’s learning in the areas of physical, social/emotional, language and cognitive developmental. Through play children learn to cooperate, solve problems, pose and answer questions and develop their fine and gross motor skills.  Play inspires imagination, and imagination helps children to understand their world. The exhibit galleries feature a ship for sailing on, a dock for fishing, a galley kitchen to feed your crew and fort building.

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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 wait for entrance into the museum and visits will be limited to 1 hour. Please call ahead to plan your day. Groups of 10 or more must pre-register to guarantee admittance - discounted group rates and structured programs are available. Group bookings are not available during March Break.

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

  • $2.50 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $2.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $2.50 for youth ages 13 to 18
  • $4.50 for children ages 1 to 12
  • Infants who are under 1 year visit for free
  • $10 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.

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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! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events

Five Senses

Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Join us for a day of sensory play. There will be lots of crafts, activities and games to tickle all of your five senses!

Terrific Tuesday: Reptile Show

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Reptile Store will be on hand with all their party animals for a reptile show and a chance to get up close and personal with some of the featur

Wizardry Summer School

Thursday, August 1, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wizardry summer school is in session for one day only!

Terrific Tuesday: Sound Explorers with Dave Gould

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Explore found sounds that changed the world with this interactive workshop by sound artist and children's edutainer, Dave Gould. From sea shell tru

Digging up the Past

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Archaeologists are a lot like detectives; they figure out how people lived by looking at the objects that have been left behind.

Terrific Tuesday: Drama

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come join us for some interpreter-led dramatic play as participants learn how sound, movement and simple props can create a story.

Construction Maker Space

Saturday, August 17, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Get your creative juices flowing in the museum’s mini makerspace.

Terrific Tuesday: Julia Hitchcock

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come join us in welcoming the lovely Julia back to the museum. Last visit she made us delicious tea from flowers.

The ARTisan Market

Friday, August 23, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Visitors will become artisans for the day as they create and sell special art pieces at the museum market.

Terrific Tuesday: Kid Karaoke

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Ready to sing your heart out? There will be a large selection of songs to chose from, words to follow along with and a real microphone.

Textile Maker Space

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Get your creative juices flowing in the museum’s mini makerspace!

Winter Whimsy: December

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Monday, December 30, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Blue Years Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children's Museum. Visit all three galleries and join in on six 'count-downs' throughout the day.