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.
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.
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 $175 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 an exhibitions at The Hamilton Military Museum throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same.
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.
Military Museum videos
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