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.
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.
Location & hours
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 $200 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
September Grab-and-Go Craft Kit: “Sparks of Inspiration”
This Labour Day weekend, pick up free grab-and-go craft kit from the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.
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.
Museum of Steam & Technology videos
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