Burlington 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.
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 an interactive discovery gallery with hands on costumes and encampment for children.
Hamilton and Scourge – Sunken Sunset
These unique shipwrecks are the only complete 1812 warships in the world. The 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.
Through Their Eyes
Don't miss this exhibit! Closing January 5, 2020
From the dining room in Hamilton to the dugout in Europe, the harsh reality of the First World War impacted the lives of almost every Hamiltonian. Follow the experience of war Through Their Eyes by exploring the Hamilton Military Museum’s treasured collection of letters, photos and personal mementos once owned by Hamiltonians.
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 and Scourge War Ships.
- $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.
Location & hours
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 $185 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.
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 Museum Events
Capture the Moment at Dundurn
Visit Dundurn Castle and The Hamilton Military Museum this March Break and ‘strike a pose’.
Doors Open: Dundurn National Historic Site
Experience a self-guided visit of this Italianate-style villa built in 1834 by Sir Allan MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers.
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 & Technology, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern Historic House & Garden and the Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.
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