Hamilton Civic Museums

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

Dundurn National Historic Site (including Dundurn Castle, The Hamilton Military Museum, and The Historic Kitchen Garden) and the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology  are open to the public as of July 15 offering modified programming on a Wednesday to Sunday schedule, and are accepting bookings for events.

All other Hamilton Civic Museums are now accepting bookings for events beginning January 2021.

Bookings will be accommodated based on availability and in compliance with current Provincial social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines.

 

Admission tickets must be obtained on-line. Visitors reserving tickets through the Library Pass program will be required to present their ticket and library card upon arrival. Guests will need to adhere to Social Distancing guidelines while on site and the use of facemasks is recommended. Washrooms and high-touch areas will be disinfected after each tour. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout your visit. While walk-in visitors will be accommodated where possible, priority will be given to ticket-holders.

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.

Tours in hot weather
The historic Pumphouse is not fully accessible nor is it air conditioned. In temperatures exceeding 30°C we offer shortened tours of the Pumphouse for the safety of our visitors and the preservation of the engines. We ask that you plan your visit accordingly. 

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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.

  • $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
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $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 and Tuesdays, 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.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days - CANCELLED

Sunday, August 9, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train & learn about different kinds of steam engines, including the 70-ton water-pumping engines.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days - CANCELLED

Sunday, August 30, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train & learn about different kinds of steam engines, including the 70-ton water-pumping engines.

Innovation City: Tesla Electric City Festival and 160th Anniversary of the Hamilton Waterworks - CANCELLED

Sunday, September 20, 2020
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the opening of the Hamilton Waterworks and the incredible technological achievements of Nikola Tesla.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 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.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, November 14, 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.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

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

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: Victorian Toy Makers

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

This holiday break, the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is hosting a free, drop-in activity centre all about Victorian toy making.

Holiday Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

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

This holiday break, the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is hosting a free, drop-in activity centre all about Victorian toy making.

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