Hamilton Civic Museums

Hamilton Civic Museums' Virtual Tours

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

Starting September 22, 2021, each person who enters an indoor facility for meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. The only exceptions permitted for meeting and event spaces include:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)

For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination

Do I need proof of vaccination to go on a tour in the museum?
You do not need to show proof of vaccination to access the gift shop, washroom facilities, retail or admission purchases and guided tours. Proof of vaccination is only required to enter indoor meeting and event spaces.

What can I expect for vaccine verification when I visit a City Museum event or meeting space?
Each person who enters an indoor facility for meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. Verification is required for any individual who is not an employee working in or operating the facility.

When arriving at a meeting or event space, signage will indicate the main entrance. Vaccine verification is required when entering a meeting or event space, followed by contact and health screening. Please plan and adjust arrival times accordingly as you may experience wait times before entering. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Will my vaccination records or personal health information be kept or recorded?
No. Any vaccination records or documentation will only be visually verified - no information will be retained or copied.

If I am just leaving the facility briefly and coming right back in, do I have to show my vaccine verification each time I enter the facility?
Yes. Businesses and organizations are not permitted to retain vaccine records or status, so individuals will be required to show their proof of vaccination each time they enter the facility.

What is acceptable proof of vaccination or identification?
Proof of vaccination, identification and exemption requirements are determined by the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination. Identification is required to verify name and date of birth only.

  • Must show Name and Date of Birth, issued from an institution or organization
  • Does not need to include a picture
  • Can be shown as a photocopy or digital/electronical version (on a device)
  • Can be expired

Do I need to show vaccine verification to use the washrooms in museum facility?
No. Members of the public will be permitted to quickly use the closest non-changeroom washroom and exit the building.

I am unvaccinated – can I still enter the event or meeting space?
These vaccine exemptions apply to meeting and event spaces:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)

Are youth required to show identification?  What is acceptable identification?
Youth 13 to 17 years of age accessing a meeting or event space are required to show proof of vaccination and identification in accordance with the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination.

What if I refuse to show vaccine verification?
No member of the public will be permitted to enter the event or meeting space without proof of vaccination or exemption.

The City of Hamilton has a Zero Tolerance policy. Anyone engaging in verbal assaults, threats or aggression, vandalism, or incitement of violence will be ejected from the property with a mandatory suspension from all municipal facilities. We ask that everyone attending a City recreation centre/arena contributes to a positive and supportive environment for children, their families, and community sport.

What if someone in attendance at my event refuses to show vaccine verification?
The event organizer is responsible to ensure that attendees are aware of and comply with the Provincial requirement to show vaccination status when entering a meeting or event space.  If they do not comply, the event may be cancelled, and a refund will not be issued. Staff may request at any time, documented proof of contact tracing, and evidence of vaccination screening.

360° Virtual TourExplore over 130 panoramic scenes, 650 clickable hotspots and audio navigation from your home computer or mobile device. Move through the Museums, zoom in on details and experience the Museums as if you were there!

Dundurn National Historic Site - Virtual Tour 

Dundurn National Historic Site

Visit Dundurn Castle, the magnificent home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers. Discover mid-19th-century Hamilton on your tour of more than 40 rooms on three floors. Experience life in a grand country home for the MacNab family and the servants working below stairs

Whitehern House & Garden Virtual Tour 

Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site

Prominently situated in a walled garden, Whitehern is an outstanding example of a mid 19th century urban estate that reflects the alterations made by three generations of the McQuesten family.

Hamilton Military Museum Virtual Tour 

The Hamilton Military Museum

Burlington Heights, where Dundurn Castle stands today, was occupied by the British military from 1813 -1815. Housed in Battery Lodge, the Hamilton Military Museum tells the story of the people who lived in the area during the War of 1812. Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape showcases the historical figures of this area through documentary evidence, period artifacts, and stories passed down through generations. Explore the Hamilton and Scourge – Sunken Sunset exhibit, view a film, and experience life as a soldier in our Discovery Gallery. Through artifacts and images the First World War exhibit located in The Coach House reveals the impact the war had on those who fought in it.

Hamilton Children's Museum Virtual Tour 

Hamilton Children's Museum

The Hamilton Children's Museum is an exciting and interactive destination for young children.  Learning through play is the focus of the museum. Children and their adults can explore and participate in  many activities, special events and the museum’s three galleries - all year long.

Fieldcote Park & Museum Virtual Tour 

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote is a cultural heritage centre with an emphasis on the collection, preservation and exhibition of local history, the promotion of fine arts and the celebration of natural heritage through beautiful landscaped gardens and walking trails.

Museum of Steam & Technology Virtual Tour 

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

Take a peek into life at the beginning of Canada's industrial revolution. This magnificent example of 19th century public works architecture preserves two 45-foot high, 70-ton steam engines which pumped the first clean water to the city over 140 years ago.

Battlefield Museum & Park Virtual Tour 

Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site

The Gage Homestead, built in 1796, captures the way of life during the early 19th century. During the War of 1812, the family fled to the cellar as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside. Today, the Battlefield Monument stands as a symbol of peace and commemorates those soldiers who died on June 6, 1813.

Photo of a wood house in the woods

Griffin House

Griffin House is recognized as an important Canadian Black History site. It is a preserved early 19th century home. The house is set on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Dundas Valley. Explore the history of Enerals Griffin and other early Black settlers. Learn about the bravery and determination of black men and women who journeyed to freedom in Southern Ontario.