Hamilton Children's Museum

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

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!

Find a full listing of holiday events at all Hamilton Civic Museums

Wednesday Wigglers

Families can enjoy semi-structured preschool programming 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

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

January
Jan 11 - Rubber Ducky Day
Jan 18 - Winter Animals
Jan 25 - 5 Senses

February
Feb 1 - Transportation
Feb 8 - Valentine's Day
Feb 15 - The Zoo
Feb 22 - Circus

March
Mar 1 - Dr. Seuss
Mar 8 - Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes
Mar 22 - Opposites
Mar 29 - Under the Sea


Blue Year's Eve

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!
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Early Morning Risers

This event is for people who get up really early every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday morning sharing some company, coffee and treats, while the kids play in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event.
Saturdays February 4, 11, 18, 15
Time: 7:30 to 9 am


Family Day - Pine Cone Café

Celebrate your family with us! Welcome to the Pine Cone Cafe where children and their adults can make bird snacks for our feathered friends during the winter months. Participants will make bird feeders from pine cones as well as their own bird books to take home.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Cost: Adults: $2, Seniors/Youth: $2, Children: $4, Infants (under 1yr) Free, Family: $9