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 & 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
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.
Location & hours
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.
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
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 & Technology, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern Historic House & Garden and Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site
Military Museum videos
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