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 $179 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

Take a virtual tour

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!


March Break: Unplugged

Saturday, March 10, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Do away with screens, blinking lights, and dead batteries and visit the Museum of Steam and Technology’s Unplugged March Break Act

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, May 6, 2018
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

Boats, Models and Trains

Saturday, May 26, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days

Sunday, June 24, 2018
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 8, 2018
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 29, 2018
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, August 12, 2018
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, August 26, 2018
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, September 9, 2018
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

Hamilton Mini Maker Faire

Sunday, September 23, 2018
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

In partnership with the Hammer City Makers, we are thrilled to be hosting the Mini Maker Faire.

Wizarding Workshop

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

To celebrate Halloween, the Steam Museum Woodshed will be transformed into a school for young wizards and witches!

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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