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!

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: Adults: $2, Seniors/Youth: $2, Children: $4, Infants (under 1yr) Free, Family: $
Phone: 905-546-4848 or email childrensmuseum@hamilton.ca

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

Apr 5 - Shapes & Colours
Apr 12 - Easter
Apr 19 - 100 Acre Woods
Apr 26 - Spring

May 3 - Camping
May 10 - Ladybugs & Caterpillars
May 17 - Reptiles & Amphibians
May 24 - Summer
May 31 - Western Rodeo

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrh! Shiver me timbers! If ya don’t visit us on this day be prepared to “Take a long walk on a short plank!!!” Talk like a pirate; enjoy pirate food and enjoy pirate indoor and outdoor fun!
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: Adults: $2, Seniors/Youth: $2, Children: $4, Infants (under 1yr) Free, Family: $9
Dress Like a pirate and get into the museum for free

Blue Year’s Eve

Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Visit all three galleries, join in on six 'count downs' throughout the day. Have fun with indoor and outdoor activities to say good bye to the past year and hello to the New Year!
Sunday December 31, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost: Adults: $2, Seniors/Youth: $2, Children: $4, Infants (under 1yr) Free, Family: $9