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.

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
Email: military@hamilton.ca

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

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

Canada 150 Open House: Dundurn Castle & The Hamilton Military Museum

Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


Join us for the exhibit opening of Our Hamilton: Through Their Eyes presented by the Hamilton Military Museum. This exhibit focuses on Hamilton during the First World War told using diaries, letters and personal mementos from people who lived in Hamilton. Throughout the afternoon enjoy the music from Ian Bell, meet members of the Hamilton Volunteer Calvary, and remember to save time to visit our hands-on activity area in the Coach House. Throughout the afternoon visitors can see Dundurn Castle, The Hamilton Military Museum and Dundurn’s two acres Kitchen Garden at their own pace. Free event.


Our Hamilton: Through Their Eyes

The effects of the First World War were so far-reaching they impacted the lives of every Hamiltonian. Follow the course of Hamilton’s involvement from the initial ‘call to arms’ to the post-war period through treasures from the collections of the Hamilton Military Museum including letters, photos and personal items owned by Hamiltonians and experience the war Through Their Eyes.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Cost: Adults: $4, Seniors/Youth: $3.50, Children: $3, Infants: Free, Family: $11.50


Canada Day Military Tattoo

Come and enjoy a spectacular military musical celebration and experience a tradition that celebrates 25 years in Dundurn Park! Feel the thrill as the Regimental Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipes and Drums perform in front of Dundurn Castle. Catch a glimpse of the red coated defenders of Canada West at Ridgeway during the Fenian Raid of 1866, as the 13th Battalion Ceremonial Guard takes to the field. Free event.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 5 pm


The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812. Burlington Heights, where the Castle now stands, was occupied by the British military from 1813 until 1815. Your journey will begin at the Hamilton Military Museum to uncover the history surrounding the property. Discover evidence of military fortifications as the tour takes you outdoors to The Hamilton Cemetery and Dundurn Park. The guided tour will end with a look inside Dundurn Castle focusing on the 1812 architectural features which Sir Allan MacNab would later incorporate into his well-known home. This tour does contain outdoor components; please come dressed for the weather and walking on uneven terrain. Suitable for ages 10 years and older.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $20 per person. Pre-registration required.


The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812. Burlington Heights, where the Castle now stands, was occupied by the British military from 1813 until 1815. Your journey will begin at the Hamilton Military Museum to uncover the history surrounding the property. Discover evidence of military fortifications as the tour takes you outdoors to The Hamilton Cemetery and Dundurn Park. The guided tour will end with a look inside Dundurn Castle focusing on the 1812 architectural features which Sir Allan MacNab would later incorporate into his well-known home. This tour does contain outdoor components; please come dressed for the weather and walking on uneven terrain. Suitable for ages 10 years and older.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $20 per person. Pre-registration required.


We Remember

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace. In honour of this commitment, the Hamilton Military Museum presents a special display and free admission to the museum. Guests are invited to make a poppy for our remembrance board. Free event.
Friday, November 10 to Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


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 jerrymuskrat.com

Military Museum videos