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!


Wednesday Wigglers - February

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 - March

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 am

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

March Break Madness

Monday, March 12, 2018 to Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

The Children’s Museum can satisfy the budding dramatic artist, inspiring engineer and innovative environmentalist for March Break.

March Break Madness

Sunday, March 18, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Children’s Museum can satisfy the budding dramatic artist, inspiring engineer and innovative environmentalist for March Break.

Wednesday Wigglers - March

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 - March

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 4, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 11, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 18, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 25, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 - May

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 - May

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 - May

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 - May

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 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 - May

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 am

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

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.

Blue Year's Eve

Monday, December 31, 2018
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.