Hamilton Civic Museums

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.

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

We are located at:
1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6  
Phone: 905-546-4848
Email: [email protected]

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

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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

Wednesday Wigglers: December

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Join us for our Wednesday Wigglers program that provides preschool aged children an opportunity to explore the environment through adult-facilitate

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.