Hamilton Civic Museums

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

Hamilton Civic Museums Update

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, The Hamilton Military Museum, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Whitehern Historic House, and Fieldcote Museum are open to the public.
  • Battlefield House, Hamilton Children's Museum, and Griffin House are closed to the public to accommodate ongoing construction projects.
  • Rental venues are available at all sites. Capacities in keeping with COVID guidelines will be conveyed at time of inquiry.

The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, also known as the “Steam Museum”, is located on the site of the 1859 Hamilton Waterworks complex. This National Historic Site is recognized as a civil and power engineering landmark. Today the museum preserves two massive steam-powered beam engines, which pumped water in Hamilton from 1859 to 1910, as well as a collection of artifacts relating Hamilton’s industrial past. The museum interprets Hamilton’s relationship with water, steam power, and industrialisation.

The museum offers guided tours, public programs, and special events, including:

  • Train Days with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers, held on select dates in the summer
  • Boats in the Park with the Confederation Marine Modellers, held in May
  • The Electric City Festival, in partnership with the Nikola Tesla Education Corporation, held in September
  • Year-round STE(a)M workshops, field trips, group tours, and children’s activities

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

  • $8.75 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $7.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $7.50 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $5.25 for children ages 6 to 12
  • FREE for children ages 5 and under - free tickets must be obtained to ensure social distancing
  • $24.25 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

The museum is only partially wheelchair accessible. Call for more details.

We are located at:
900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2

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.

Phone: 905-521-3168
Email: [email protected]

The purchase of a $250 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 throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same! View all Hamilton Civic Museums Events


Train Days with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers

Sunday, July 10, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train, operated by the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers!

Train Days with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers

Sunday, July 24, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train, operated by the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers!

Train Days with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers

Sunday, August 14, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train, operated by the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers!

Train Days with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers

Sunday, August 28, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train, operated by the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers!

Tesla Electric City Festival

Sunday, September 25, 2022
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Because of Nikola Tesla’s invention of alternating current, Hamilton became known as “The Electric City” after becoming the first Canadian city to

Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour

Friday, October 28, 2022
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Experience the historic Hamilton Waterworks in a completely different light!

Steam Museum After Dark - Family Flashlight Tour

Saturday, October 29, 2022
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Experience the historic Hamilton Waterworks in a completely different light!

Sensory-friendly Morning Tour

Saturday, November 5, 2022
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Experience the Steam Museum in a quieter, sensory-friendly atmosphere.

Take Apart Workshop

Sunday, November 27, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What makes a toaster pop? What’s inside a monitor? How does a switch work? Find out this at the Steam Museum’s “Take Apart Workshop”.

Take Apart Workshop

Monday, November 28, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What makes a toaster pop? What’s inside a monitor? How does a switch work? Find out this at the Steam Museum’s “Take Apart Workshop”.

Christmas Model Train Show

Sunday, December 11, 2022
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers in the 1913 Electric Pumphouse for a steam train day.

Museum of Steam & Technology videos

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