Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. Housed in a 150-year-old Waterworks, this National Historic Site preserves two 70-ton steam powered water pumping engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines. The historic Hamilton Waterworks is a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark.

The museum offers guided tours, various permanent and changing exhibits and features special events for the whole family, including Live Steamer Days from May through October. View event listings below for exact dates and times.

Tours in hot weather
The historic Pump house is not fully accessible nor is it air conditioned or heated. In temperatures exceeding 30°C we offer shortened tours of the Pump house without operating the steam engines for the safety of our visitors and the preservation of the engines. We ask that you plan your visit accordingly. 

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Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated.

  • $7.50 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $6.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $6.50 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $5.50 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $22 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

We are located at:
900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2
Phone: 905-546-4797
Email: steammuseum@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 $185 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

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Events at the Museum

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events


Doing It Justice: The Steam Museum in 3-D

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 to Sunday, September 8, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us for a free exhibit of Jennifer Kaye's photography.

Doors Open: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Saturday, May 4, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Experience a self-guided tour of Hamilton’s first Waterworks built in 1859, and pay tribute to the social and working life of the early industrial

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, May 5, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a guided tour of the mus

Behind the Scenes Curator-led Tour

Monday, May 13, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Boats, Models and Trains

Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Museum is pleased to welcome back the Confederation of Marine Modelers and the Hamilton Model Engineer Club as they demonstrate a variety of mi

Behind the Scenes Curator-led Tour

Monday, June 10, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, June 23, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a guided tour of the mus

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, July 6, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, July 7, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of th

Behind the Scenes Curator-led Tour

Monday, July 8, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, July 20, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, July 28, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of th

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, August 3, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, August 10, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, August 11, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of th

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, August 17, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, August 25, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of th

Hamilton Mini Maker Faire

Sunday, August 25, 2019
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate invention, innovation, engineering, and creativity.

Behind the Scenes Curator-led Tour

Monday, August 26, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Behind the Scenes Interpreter-led Tour

Saturday, August 31, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, September 8, 2019
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of th

Behind the Scenes Curator-led Tour

Monday, September 9, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Tesla Electric City Festival

Sunday, September 29, 2019
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join us for this all-ages gathering of commercial exhibitors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, science clubs, artists and students celebrating the incr

Behind the Scenes Curator-led Tour

Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover this National Historic Site from an entirely different perspective.

Holiday Craft Drop-In Centre

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

During the Holidays, drop-in and unplug, we invite families to join us to play board games and make a craft. 

Holiday Craft Drop-In Centre

Thursday, January 2, 2020 to Sunday, January 5, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

During the Holidays, drop-in and unplug, we invite families to join us to play board games and make a craft. 

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 Dundurn National Historic Site, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern 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

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