Hamilton Civic Museums

The Hamilton Military Museum

All Hamilton Civic Museums, except Whitehern Historic House & Garden and the Hamilton Children’s Museum, are open to the public offering modified programming. Admission tickets must be obtained in advance online (see "Buy Online" link) and are non-refundable and non-transferable. Visitors reserving tickets through the Library Pass program are required to present their admission ticket and library card upon arrival. Guests must adhere to social distancing guidelines and the use of facemasks is required. High-touch areas are frequently disinfected and hand sanitizer is available throughout your visit.

All sites are accepting venue rental bookings based on availability and in compliance with current Provincial social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines at the time. Tourism Industry Association of Ontario's SafeTravels Stamp

Hamilton Civic Museums have been awarded a #SafeTravels Stamp, which is recognized globally for adopting proper, standardized health and hygiene protocols.

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 an interactive discovery gallery with hands on costumes and encampment for children.

Hamilton & 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.

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: 905-546-2872
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 $190 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


We Remember - CANCELLED

Friday, November 6, 2020 to Sunday, November 8, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace.

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