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 $175 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!

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Day

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Time: 11 am to 4 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 the museum. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.  

Makeology: Etsy Made in Canada Fair
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time: 11 am to 5 pm


This one day event set in three unique historic buildings makes for an afternoon of shopping well spent. 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. The Makeology Fair is your opportunity to add to your own collection for your home and wardrobe and get a head start on holiday shopping with unique one of a kind items while supporting homegrown business by shopping locally. Visit www.makeology.ca for more information Cost: $5 per person Parking: $3 on-site – Free parking and shuttle available 

Steam Museum

Thomas Keefer's Birthday
Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm


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. Cost: Free event and free museum admission.


 

Be an Engineer!
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
To honour Thomas Keefer and the profession of Mechanical Engineering, young folks are invited to learn about engineering and become an honorary engineer. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Suitable for ages 6-12 yrs. Cost: $20 per child. Pre-registration required


Christmas Workshops
Tuesday, December 20 to Sunday, December 31, 2016 (Closed Christmas and Boxing Day)
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Get out of the cold and into our beautiful historical Woodshed for a free drop-in self-guided craft centre. Be inspired by history and get crafty!  Cost: Free event and regular admission rates apply to the museum.  



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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