Hamilton Civic Museums

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

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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Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated.

  • $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

We are located at:
900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2
Phone: 905-546-4797
Email: [email protected]

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 $185 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 National Historic Site throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events


Family Day: Trains, Trains and more Trains

Monday, February 17, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us for a drop-in activity centre all about trains.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join us each month as we focus on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) This workshop i

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

Saturday, March 7, 2020 to Thursday, December 31, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Hamilton was once called the Electric City because it was the first City in Canada to adopt electric power in a big way to power industry and homes

March Break Activities: Be a Theme Park Engineer!

Saturday, March 14, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 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!

World Water Day

Sunday, March 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us to commemorate World Water Day and take part in activities that celebrate the history of clean water in Hamilton.

Steam Loco 101

Saturday, March 28, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to drive a steam engine? Join us for a 3-day introductory course.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, March 28, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join us each month as we focus on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) This workshop i

Night at the Museum Family Flashlight Tour

Friday, April 3, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to work the evening shift at the historic Hamilton Waterworks?

Night at the Museum Family Flashlight Tour

Saturday, April 4, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Come experience the historic Hamilton Waterworks in a completely different light!

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, April 18, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join us each month as we focus on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) This workshop i

Doors Open: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Experience a self-guided tour of Hamilton’s first Waterworks built in 1859, and pay tribute to the social and working life of the early industrial

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, May 3, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train and learn about different kinds of steam engines, including the 70-ton water-pumping engines, by taking a free, s

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, May 16, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join us each month as we focus on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) This workshop i

Boats in the Park

Saturday, May 30, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Museum is pleased to welcome back the Confederation Marine Modellers and friends as they demonstrate a variety of radio-controlled model boats.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Saturday, June 13, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train and learn about different kinds of steam engines, including the 70-ton water-pumping engines, by taking a free se

Forged in Fire

Saturday, June 13, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Want to know how the 1859 steam engines at the museum were made? Come and see it for yourself.

Father’s Day Take Apart Workshop

Sunday, June 21, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What makes a toaster pop? What’s inside a monitor? How does a switch work?

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, June 28, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during a guided tour of the mus

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, July 26, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Catch a ride on a miniature train and learn about different kinds of steam engines, including the 70-ton water-pumping engines, by taking a free se

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

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

Catch a ride on a miniature train and learn about different kinds of steam engines, including the 70-ton water-pumping engines, by taking a free se

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

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

Catch a ride on a miniature train and learn about different kinds of steam engines, including the 70-ton water-pumping engines, by taking a free se

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

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

Join us each month as we focus on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) This workshop i

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, November 14, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join us each month as we focus on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) This workshop i

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

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

Join us each month as we focus on a different subject in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) This workshop i

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 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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