The Hamilton Military Museum

The Hamilton Military Museum was built in the late 1830s. It was originally Sir Allan MacNab’s gatehouse. During your visit you will learn about the War of 1812. The museum features many Canadian military history exhibits.


The War of 1812

On June 1, 1813, Burlington Heights became a fortified supply depot which was approached but never attacked by American forces during the war. Archaeologically recovered artifacts and two original uniforms form the core of the War of 1812 collection.

The Hamilton and Scourge Shipwreck Sites

These unique shipwrecks are the only complete 1812 warships in the world. The well preserved ships sit upright and intact 90 metres below the waves of Lake Ontario, 10.5 km off Port Dalhousie. Digital video and sonar imagery allows visitors to get up close and personal with a time capsule of early 19th century naval life on the Great Lakes.

 Virtual tours of each ship are available as part of Hamilton’s Civic Museums virtual tours.
World War I, 1914 to 1918

The first truly technological war included the first large scale propaganda campaign, the first use of tanks, poison gas and aircraft. Men and women felt lost in a sea of chaos, unable at times to determine the reasoning behind the fighting which dragged on between 1914 and 1918. A video station, posters, uniforms, and temporary grave markers make up this exhibit.

  • $4 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $3.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $3.50 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $3 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $10 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.

We are located at:
610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3H1
Phone: 905-546-2872

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 $179 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

Group Tours

Corporate Rentals

Events at the Military Museum

The Hamilton Military MuseumFamily Day
Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm

Explore a fascinating piece of Hamilton history at Dundurn National Historic Site. On a guided tour of over 40 rooms in Dundurn Castle, discover what it was like to live and play above stairs and work and live below stairs. Visitors will enjoy hands-on activities throughout their tour and sample a variety of historic goodies made in the kitchen. Visit the neighbouring Hamilton Military Museum for a self-guided experience with dress-up and hands-on activities while exploring the historical figures whom lived around Burlington Heights during the War of 1812. Remember to stop in at The Coach House Gallery for an exhibit featuring stories about the First World War and paint a poppy for our Remembrance “garden”.  Cost: Adults: $11.50, Seniors/Youth: $9.50, Children: $6, Infants: Free, Family: $30

The Hamilton Military MuseumDundurn Castle and Hamilton Military Museum
Saturday, March 11 to Sunday, March 19, 2017 
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm

Visit Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum this March Break and strike a pose. In our activity area children are invited to make their own costume pieces, dress up and take pictures in front of recreated backdrops of Dundurn. On your guided tour of Dundurn costumed staff will invite you into some of Sir Allan MacNab’s rooms  for a photo op. At the Hamilton Military Museum dress up like an 1812 solider and have your picture taken in front of British encampment, or “camp” out in the hands on discovery gallery.
Cost: Adults: $11.50, Seniors/Youth: $9.50, Children: $6.00, Infants: Free, Family: $30.00


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 owned and operated by the City of Hamilton. Other National Historic Sites in the series include the Hamilton Museum of Steam & TechnologyBattlefield House Museum & ParkWhitehern Historic House & Garden and the Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.

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

Military Museum videos