Hamilton Children's Museum

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

Celebrate our 40th Anniversary


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During busy times, there may be a short, outdoor wait and visits may be limited to one hour.
Visitors can call ahead at 905-546-4848 to find out if there is a line up on the day they are visiting.

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.

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.

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! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events


40th Anniversary Celebration: Happy Birthday Hamilton Children’s Museum

Sunday, July 22, 2018
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join us for indoor and outdoor hand-on activities, glitter tattoos, popcorn and refreshments. For all ages.

Test Tube Tuesday: July

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each Tuesday will include several activities to help you explore and discover the world around you.

Windowsill Gardening Wednesday: July

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each week, you will learn everything you need to know about feeding your plants water, soil, and sunshine, and get to know the pollinators and pest

40th Anniversary Celebration: Studio Babette - Happy Times Nursery Rhymes

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of puppets in the park with Studio Babette who will be performing Happy Times Nursery Rhymes at 6 pm and 7 pm.

Think Art Thursday: July

Thursday, July 26, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Indulge your creativity and curiosity!

Funday Friday: A Mixed Bag of Fun

Friday, July 27, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join us as we recap the week’s fun by learning something about science, nature, and creative design all on the same day!

40th Anniversary Celebration: Test Tube Tuesday - Animal Science

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

The Reptile Store will be on hand from 10 am to 12 pm with all their party animals for a reptile show and a chance to get up close and personal wit

Windowsill Gardening Wednesday: August

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each week, you will learn everything you need to know about feeding your plants water, soil, and sunshine, and get to know the pollinators and pest

Think Art Thursday: August

Thursday, August 2, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Indulge your creativity and curiosity!

Funday Friday: A Mixed Bag of Fun

Friday, August 3, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join us as we recap the week’s fun by learning something about science, nature, and creative design all on the same day!

Test Tube Tuesday: August

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each Tuesday will include several activities to help you explore and discover the world around you.

Windowsill Gardening Wednesday: August

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each week, you will learn everything you need to know about feeding your plants water, soil, and sunshine, and get to know the pollinators and pest

Think Art Thursday: August

Thursday, August 9, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Indulge your creativity and curiosity!

Funday Friday: A Mixed Bag of Fun

Friday, August 10, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join us as we recap the week’s fun by learning something about science, nature, and creative design all on the same day!

40th Anniversary Celebration: Garage Sale for Kids by Kids

Saturday, August 11, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join us for a garage sale that’s just for kids from 10 to 11 am and from 1 to 2 pm!

Test Tube Tuesday: August

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each Tuesday will include several activities to help you explore and discover the world around you.

Windowsill Gardening Wednesday: August

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each week, you will learn everything you need to know about feeding your plants water, soil, and sunshine, and get to know the pollinators and pest

Think Art Thursday: August

Thursday, August 16, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Indulge your creativity and curiosity!

Funday Friday: A Mixed Bag of Fun

Friday, August 17, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join us as we recap the week’s fun by learning something about science, nature, and creative design all on the same day!

40th Anniversary Celebration: Explore found sounds

Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Explore found sounds that changed the world, from sea shell trumpets to farm tools, in this interactive workshop by sound artist and children's edu

Test Tube Tuesday: August

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each Tuesday will include several activities to help you explore and discover the world around you.

Windowsill Gardening Wednesday: August

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each week, you will learn everything you need to know about feeding your plants water, soil, and sunshine, and get to know the pollinators and pest

40th Anniversary Celebration: Think Art Thursday - Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Thursday, August 23, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Bring your lunch and a blanket, enjoy light refreshments, teddy bear crafts, and cozy up at story time. Dr.

Funday Friday: A Mixed Bag of Fun

Friday, August 24, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join us as we recap the week’s fun by learning something about science, nature, and creative design all on the same day!

Test Tube Tuesday: August

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each Tuesday will include several activities to help you explore and discover the world around you.

Windowsill Gardening Wednesday: August

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Each week, you will learn everything you need to know about feeding your plants water, soil, and sunshine, and get to know the pollinators and pest

Think Art Thursday: August

Thursday, August 30, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Indulge your creativity and curiosity!

40th Anniversary Celebration: Pajama and Games Day

Friday, August 31, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Wear your favourite pajamas, play in the museum galleries, and enjoy refreshments and board games.

Winter Whimsy

Thursday, December 27, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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