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.

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.

Celebrate our 40th Anniversary


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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.

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

Family Day Events

Dont miss our Open Family Day Special Programming


Family Fun Day

Monday, February 18, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun as we celebrate what family means with games, crafts and activities.    

Wednesday Wigglers: February

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

Early Morning Risers: Feburary

Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:30 am to 9:00 am

Start your Saturday morning with company, coffee and treats and let the kids get to work playing in an interactive & exploratory environment.

Wednesday Wigglers: February

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

Wednesday Wigglers: March

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

March Break Madness: The Magical World of Wizarding

Saturday, March 9, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Get your wands ready as the Children’s Museum transforms into a magical school of wizardry! Visitors will learn all about Charms, Potions, Divinati

Wednesday Wigglers: March

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

Wednesday Wigglers: March

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

Games Night at the Museum

Thursday, March 28, 2019
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Bring your family and friends for an entertaining evening of board game playing and snacks.

Cost: Pay what you can

Wednesday Wigglers: April

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

The Wednesday Wiggler program provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through a balance of adult

Wednesday Wigglers: April

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

The Wednesday Wiggler program provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through a balance of adult

Risky Play Discussion & Workshop

Monday, April 15, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us as we host guest speaker Kelly Prendergast, Masters of Public Policy as she discusses the importance and necessity of play.

Wednesday Wigglers: April

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

The Wednesday Wiggler program provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through a balance of adult

Wednesday Wigglers: April

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

The Wednesday Wiggler program provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through a balance of adult

Games Night at the Museum

Thursday, April 25, 2019
3:00 pm

Bring your family and friends for an entertaining evening of board game playing and snacks.

Cost: Pay what you can

Wednesday Wigglers: May

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

Doors Open: Hamilton Children's Museum

Saturday, May 4, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Discover three interactive galleries with a ship for sailing on, a dock for fishing, and a galley kitchen to feed your crew, and participate in an

Wednesday Wigglers: May

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

Wednesday Wigglers: May

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

Wednesday Wigglers: May

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wiggler program that provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through ad

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.