Hamilton Civic Museums

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

All Hamilton Civic Museums, except Whitehern Historic House & Garden and the Hamilton Children’s Museum, are open to the public offering modified programming. Admission tickets must be obtained in advance online (see "Buy Online" link) and are non-refundable and non-transferable. Visitors reserving tickets through the Library Pass program are required to present their admission ticket and library card upon arrival. Guests must adhere to social distancing guidelines and the use of facemasks is required. High-touch areas are frequently disinfected and hand sanitizer is available throughout your visit.

All sites are accepting venue rental bookings based on availability and in compliance with current Provincial social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines at the time. Tourism Industry Association of Ontario's SafeTravels Stamp

Hamilton Civic Museums have been awarded a #SafeTravels Stamp, which is recognized globally for adopting proper, standardized health and hygiene protocols.

Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. Housed in a 160-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 September. View event listings below for exact dates and times.

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Buy your tickets online to the Museum of Steam and Technology
To accelerate the on-site registration process, ticket-holders are asked to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment on the day of their visit.

Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

  • $8.50 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.
  • $6 for children ages 6 to 12
  • FREE for children ages 5 and under - free tickets must be obtained to ensure social distancing
  • $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
Phone: 905-546-4797
Email: [email protected]

Free on-site parking.

The Museum is open year-round.

  • Wednesday 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 $190 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


The Power of Design: The Architecture of Hydro-Electric Buildings in Hamilton

Monday, July 6, 2020 to Thursday, December 31, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Experience this free exhibit of imagery that will explore the architectural majesty of Hamilton’s beautiful hydro-electric buildings.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop - CANCELLED

Saturday, December 12, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Each workshop in this innovative series focuses on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.

Trains, Trains and More Trains - CANCELLED

Sunday, December 13, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers for their Christmas train display inside the 1913 Electric Pump House building.

Holiday Drop-In Activity Centre: Be a Theme Park Engineer! - CANCELLED

Saturday, December 19, 2020 to Thursday, December 24, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Roller coasters, merry-go-rounds, Ferris wheels, carnival games…none of these things would be around without clever engineering skills!

Holiday Drop-In Activity Centre: Be a Theme Park Engineer! - CANCELLED

Sunday, December 27, 2020 to Thursday, December 31, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Roller coasters, merry-go-rounds, Ferris wheels, carnival games…none of these things would be around without clever engineering skills!

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. Other National Historic Sites in the series include: Dundurn National Historic Site, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Whitehern Historic House & Garden and Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.

Watch the full series "The Greatest Lakes" a Jerry Muskrat Adventure at jerrymuskrat.com

Museum of Steam & Technology videos

Visit the Museum of Steam & Technology from your own home through our virtual experience playlist