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
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 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!
James Watt Day
On James Watt's birthday, help us celebrate his many contributions to our modern world through his work on the steam engine at the museum. Enjoy birthday cake and tours of the historic Waterworks. Free event and museum admission
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm
Family Fun Day – Trains, Trains and more Trains
Join us on Family Day for train-themed fun. Visit our craft station and build and decorate your own building. Take your building home or visit the model railroad and place it alongside the train track where the steam trains will be running. Adult supervision is required. Suitable for ages 5+ years. Free event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.
Monday, February 20, 2017
TIme: 12 noon 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.
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