Hamilton Civic Museums

The Hamilton Military Museum

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

Starting November 9, 2021, each person who enters an indoor facility for guided tours, workshops, meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by a staff member. The only exceptions permitted 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 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 will be required to show proof of vaccination with identification to participate in a guided tour of the museum. Proof of vaccination is not required to access the washroom facilities or for retail purchases. 

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 a meeting or event must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be visually verified by a staff member. Verification is required for any individual who is not an employee working in or operating the facility.

When arriving for a meeting or event, 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 use the washroom facilities.

I am unvaccinated – can I still enter the event or meeting space or participate in a guided tour?
The following vaccine exemptions apply:

  • 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 tour, 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 participate in a guided tour or 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 facility 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. 

TripAdvisor Review IconBurlington Heights, where Dundurn Castle and The Hamilton Military Museum now stand, was occupied by the British military from 1813 -1815. Built as a gate house by Sir Allan MacNab in the late 1830s atop a battery from the War of 1812, this building known as Battery Lodge, now houses The Hamilton Military Museum.

Exhibits

Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape

Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape tells the diverse and personal stories of the people who lived on and around Burlington Heights during the War of 1812 by connecting artifacts, historic personalities and the perceptions of some modern-day descendants. These connections create blood ties to this gentle landscape. Included in this exhibit is the companion video Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape, a display of archaeological finds from Dundurn Park and film footage of two sunken ships from the War of 1812.

Ace Academy: Flight Experience

Pilot a First World War biplane using motion sensing technology! Players enter an immersive environment — facing the screen and standing on the rondel to activate this intuitive experience. Authentic aircraft imagery takes centre stage as players fly a realistic rendering of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s Sopwith Ship Camel biplane. Moving their arms up and down, and tilting their bodies, players manoeuvre an airplane onscreen — dodging enemy aircraft and aligning themselves to fire. This interactive, yet hands-free travelling exhibit from Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation (IngeniumCanada.org) will be on display from August 10th, 2021 to February 13, 2022.

Virtual Tour of the War of 1812

Visit local landmarks and learn about the British encampment at Burlington Heights, the Battle of Stoney Creek and the Hamilton & Scourge warships

 Virtual tours of each ship are available as part of Hamilton Civic Museums virtual tours.

Test your knowledge of Hamilton with our Hamilton Civic Museums’ Crossword

  • $5 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $4.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $4.50 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $4 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $15 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

Admission to the Military Museum is included in the cost for Dundurn National Historic Site.

The museum is only partially wheelchair accessible. Call for more details.

We are located at:
610 York Blvd, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3H1
Phone: 905-521-3168
Email: military@hamilton.ca

Free on-site parking.

The Museum is open year-round.

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.
  • Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Depending on availability, we will open outside of regular hours for pre-booked groups.

The purchase of a $200 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

Weddings at Dundurn

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Corporate Rentals

Group Tours

Events at the Military Museum

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at The Hamilton Military Museum throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same! View all Hamilton Civic Museums Events

Test your knowledge of Hamilton with our Hamilton Civic Museums’ Crossword


Jerry Muskrat's Greatest Lakes Adventure!

Join Jerry as he rows his way through the cities, towns and parks of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway in his series "The Greatest Lakes – a Jerry Muskrat™ Adventure!"

This MOM (Multimedia Outreach Module) is part of a 5-episode story arc developed in partnership with the Hamilton Civic Museums. Other National Historic Sites in the series include: Hamilton Museum of Steam & TechnologyBattlefield House Museum & ParkWhitehern Historic House & Garden and Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site

Watch the full series "The Greatest Lakes" a Jerry Muskrat Adventure at jerrymuskrat.com

Military Museum videos