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.
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
Location & hours
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.
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
Terrific Tuesday: Reptile Show
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
Terrific Tuesday: Sound Explorers with Dave Gould
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
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
Come join us for some interpreter-led dramatic play as participants learn how sound, movement and simple props can create a story.
Terrific Tuesday: Julia Hitchcock
Come join us in welcoming the lovely Julia back to the museum. Last visit she made us delicious tea from flowers.
Terrific Tuesday: Kid Karaoke
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.
Blue Years Eve
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.
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