Hamilton Civic Museums

Museum Events

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.

 


Exhibition Opening: "Walking Together" - The Indigenous Residential School Experience - POSTPONED

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Explore this Indigenous art project that brought together teenagers from Pauline Johnson Collegiate with former students who attended The Mohawk In

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
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

Experience this free exhibit of imagery that will explore the architectural majesty of Hamilton’s beautiful hydro-electric buildings.

Exhibit: Stories from the Edge - CLOSED

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to Thursday, December 24, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Visit an exhibit at Fieldcote showcasing stories and aritifacts of Ancaster's history.

Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 to Sunday, August 16, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Wednesdays at Whitehern - CANCELLED

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music.

Teen Quilt Academy - CANCELLED

Monday, August 17, 2020 to Friday, August 21, 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street East, Ancaster

Join us for week-long camp that fosters sewing and fibre arts. Participants will finish a twin-sized quilt.

Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Wednesdays at Whitehern - CANCELLED

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music.

Sara Calder Day - CANCELLED

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Celebrate the birthday of the woman who ensured the preservation of the Gage family home and the site of the Battle of Stoney Creek.

Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Wednesdays at Whitehern - CANCELLED

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music.

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, August 29, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Led by costumed staff, you will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days - CANCELLED

Sunday, August 30, 2020
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

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

Historic Garden Tours - CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to Sunday, September 6, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff.

Textile Exhibition: Wisdom of the Rings - The Living Journals of Trees

Friday, September 4, 2020 to Saturday, November 7, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Learn what our ancient White Cedars can tell us about the unique Niagara Escarpment ecosystem.

Friends of Battlefield House Museum Lecture Series - CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Join us to learn more about the ‘Regency Era and the Style Detective’.

For all ages.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures - CANCELLED

Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Join the OAS Hamilton Chapter at its monthly meetings and lectures at Fieldcote. A lecture or film is presented, with coffee and snacks.

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
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

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

Apple Festival - CANCELLED

Saturday, September 26, 2020
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Join us for fall-time harvest fun in Battlefield Park.

Historic Cooking Workshop: MacNab’s Kitchen

Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Led by costumed staff, you will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family.

'Behind Glass’ with Live History Theatre Group

Friday, October 2, 2020
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

An interactive theatre experience to discover secrets, find clues & interact with costumed actors as you explore history in a new way.

Live History Shows: An Interactive Escape Room

Saturday, October 3, 2020
10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Griffin House National Historic Site, 733 Mineral Springs Road, Dundas

Discover secrets, find clues and interact with costumed actors. Explore history in a new way with “A Knock at the Door”.

Morning Quilting Workshop Series - SOLD OUT

Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, December 14, 2020
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street East, Ancaster

Participants of all skill levels are welcome to engage in this make-a-quilt project. Drop in for a couple of hours a week or stay for four.

Friends of Battlefield House Museum Lecture Series - CANCELLED

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Join us as we feature ‘History, Ghosts and Haunted Places’ as we approach Halloween.

For all ages.

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures - CANCELLED

Thursday, October 15, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Join the OAS Hamilton Chapter at its monthly meetings and lectures at Fieldcote. A lecture or film is presented, with coffee and snacks.

Annual Great Pumpkin Stroll

Thursday, October 22, 2020
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Fieldcote is pleased to partner with Frank Panabaker Home & School Association and Ancaster Community Services for this “boo-tiful” event.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

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.

Coffee & Culture: Wisdom of the Rings - The Living Journals of Trees

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street East, Ancaster

Join us for an evening with artist Lorraine Roy.

We Remember

Friday, November 6, 2020 to Sunday, November 8, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Hamilton Military Museum, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace.

We Remember

Friday, November 6, 2020 to Sunday, November 8, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Hamilton Military Museum, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace.

Friends of Battlefield House Museum Lecture Series - CANCELLED

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Join us for this presentation on ‘Re-enacting a Napoleonic-Era British Military Surgeon’.

For all ages.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, November 14, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

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.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Ontario Archaeological Society Monthly Lectures - CANCELLED

Thursday, November 19, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Join the OAS Hamilton Chapter at its monthly meetings and lectures at Fieldcote. A lecture or film is presented, with coffee and snacks.

Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit

Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Gather your family together, take a break from holiday shopping and step back in time to experience the warmth, welcome & simplicity of an earl

Victorian Christmas

Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle.

An Evening with Jane Austen

Saturday, November 21, 2020
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Join us as we celebrate the writings of author Jane Austen and help bring the charm of the early 19th century to life with fashion, music, dancing

First Day of Christmas at Dundurn

Sunday, November 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Visit Dundurn for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for free.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to Sunday, November 29, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

“Not Your Traditional Wreath” Indoor Christmas Display

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to Thursday, December 24, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster

Christmas is back at Fieldcote! Enjoy our cozy display of community-decorated wreaths as you listen to holiday classics and sip hot cider.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to Sunday, December 6, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Friends of Battlefield House Museum Lecture Series - CANCELLED

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King Street West, Stoney Creek

Join us for an illustrated talk by Jim Charlton, History Captured: Photography in the City.

For all ages.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 4, 2020 to Sunday, December 6, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

The Big Sing!

Friday, December 11, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street East, Ancaster

Embrace the holiday spirit at the historic Ancaster Old Town Hall and enjoy live music with hot cider and treats.

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 11, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

STEAM Saturdays Kids Workshop

Saturday, December 12, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

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
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

Join the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers for their Christmas train display inside the 1913 Electric Pump House building.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Christmas Evening Tours at Dundurn

Friday, December 18, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Saturday, December 19, 2020 to Thursday, December 24, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 to Sunday, December 27, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Winter Whimsy: December

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Winter Whimsy: December

Thursday, December 24, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Winter Whimsy: December

Sunday, December 27, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Holiday Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Sunday, December 27, 2020 to Thursday, December 31, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton

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

Ring in the New Year

Sunday, December 27, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Pre-registration required.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 29, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton

Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. 

Winter Whimsy: December

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

School is out! Come into the Hamilton Children’s Museum for some winter fun.

Blue Years Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2020
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Hamilton Children's Museum, 1072 Main Street East, Hamilton

Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children's Museum. Visit all three galleries and join in on six 'count-downs' throughout the day.