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 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $6 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $6 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $5 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $20 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 $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

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Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Group Tours

Corporate Rentals


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!

March Break Activities – Whoosh! Zoom! Swish & Whir

Come join us for an immersive experience into the world flight!  This week of discovery will feature various interactive activities, workshops, presentations and displays, sure to dazzle and delight scientists, engineers and artists of all ages. By the time you leave, you’ll have a better understanding of what makes flying through the air possible!  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5 years and up.    Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.  For more information: Phone 905-546-4797, or email steammus@hamilton.ca.
Monday, March 13, 2017 to Saturday March 18, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


Makeology Spring Craft Fair

If you like hand-made goods then this year’s Makeology Spring Craft Fair at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is definitely the place to be. This one day event set in three unique historic buildings makes for a great afternoon of shopping. Each maker is carefully selected such that you will not find fast-fashion or mass-produced goods. Instead browse through booths filled with handmade fashionable jewellery, toys, bags, soaps and knitted items – all from regional makers. Your visit is not complete until you take a walk through the 1859 steam powered Pump-House – a truly memorable historical experience. The Makeology Fair is your opportunity to add to your own collection for your home and wardrobe with unique one of a kind items while supporting homegrown business by shopping locally. All ages. Cost: $5 per person (children 12 and under free), free museum admission, onsite parking: $3 donation. 
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 11 am to 5 pm


May is Museum Month!

The doors are open wide at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology for two days during the first weekend of May. Join us in our new Simple Machines activity area in the 1913 Electric Pump House. On Sunday May 7th, The Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers will be running miniature trains on the railway on the north side of the property. Free museum admission.
Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Catch a ride on miniature coal-burning steam-powered trains. All ages.  Free event and museum admission.  For more information: Phone 905-546-4797, or email steammus@hamilton.ca.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 11 am to 4 pm


Trains, Boats and Meccano in the Park!

The museum is pleased to welcome hobby enthusiasts all weekend long. Catch a ride on miniature coal-burning steam-powered trains with the Golden Horsehoe Live Steamers. The Confederation Marine Modellers and friends will be demonstrating a variety of radio-controlled model boats and the Canadian Modeling Association for Meccano and Allied Systems (CMAMAS) will be here for its annual Meccano Day demonstrating their models. All ages. Free event and museum admission.  For more information: Phone 905-546-4797, or email steammus@hamilton.ca.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 11 am to 4 pm


Makeology Almost Summer Craft Fair

If you like hand-made goods then this year’s Makeology Almost Summer Craft Fair at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is definitely the place to be. This one day event set in three unique historic buildings makes for a great afternoon of shopping. Each maker is carefully selected such that you will not find fast-fashion or mass-produced goods. Instead browse through booths filled with handmade fashionable jewelry, toys, bags, soaps and knitted items – all from regional makers. Your visit is not complete until you take a walk through the 1859 steam powered Pump-House – a truly memorable historical experience. The Makeology Fair is your opportunity to add to your own collection for your home and wardrobe with unique one of a kind items while supporting homegrown business by shopping locally. All ages. Cost: $5 per person (children 12 and under free), free museum admission, onsite parking: $3 donation.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 11 am to 5 pm


Mini Maker Faire

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. The event will feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. It's a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it.
Families can also enjoy a range of programming including: the popular Steam train rides, running on tracks on the museum grounds, boats and a boat craft for kids presented by the Confederation of Marine Modelers, the Hamilton Model Engineering Club & Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers.  Food trucks and vendors will also be on site. Parking will be available on and off-site with shuttles to the museum available from a nearby parking location. Free event and museum admission.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 11 am to 5 pm


Canada 150 Celebration Weekend

Families can join the Confederation Marine Modellers, the Canadian Modeling Association for Meccano and Allied Systems, the Hamilton Model Engineering Club and the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Enjoy the great variety of boats, visit with the builders and operators as they cruise around the pond. Catch a ride on a miniature train on the scale model railway. Marvel at moving Meccano models and working model engines and take a walk through the 1859 steam powered Pump-House – a truly memorable historical experience. Free event and museum admission.
Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2, 2017
Time: 11 am to 5 pm


Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Catch a ride on miniature coal-burning steam-powered trains. All ages.  Free event and museum admission.  For more information: Phone 905-546-4797, or email steammus@hamilton.ca.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Sunday, August 28, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time: 11 am to 4 pm


Wizarding Workshop

Come dressed as your favourite Harry Potter character. Learn how to make a wand and then take a ride on our scale model haunted railway. Ages 6 to 12 years. Cost: $20.00 per child. Free museum admission.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm


Thomas Keefer's Birthday

Join us to celebrate the birthday of Thomas C. Keefer, designer of the 1859 Hamilton Waterworks and a founder of Canada's civil engineering profession. Enjoy birthday cake and tours of the historic Waterworks. Free event and museum admission.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 11 am to 4 pm


Train Time is any Time

Come visit with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers for a day of trains, trains and more trains running on tracks inside the 1913 Electric Pump-House. Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum. For more information: Phone 905-546-4797, or email steammus@hamilton.ca.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 12 to 4 pm


Holiday Craft Drop-in Centre

Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum. For more information: Phone 905-546-4797, or email steammus@hamilton.ca.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 to Sunday January 7, 2018 (Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day)
Time: 12 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 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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