Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site

Whitehern will be undergoing restoration work - October 10 to November 2

The museum will be undergoing a restoration project that may leave certain areas in the historic home inaccessible at various times.

The museum will remain open to visitors while reproduction wallpaper is being hung in the upper and lower hallways. On days when the entire museum is not accessible staff will be offering a ‘Virtual tour’ in the stable.  If you are coming for a tour of the home, you may wish to call ahead (905-546-2018) to check on the accessibility on the day you intend to visit.

Whitehern will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season from Saturday, November 17 through Sunday, January 6. Come see the newly installed wallpaper and the McQuesten childhood toys.


Discover one of the finest examples of an intact historic home in Canada during a guided tour with a costumed interpreter. Three generations of the McQuesten family lived at Whitehern from 1852 until 1968. Among the last generation were six children who never married. In 1959 the three surviving members of the family bequeathed the home to the City with all its original contents. It contains elements from many time periods – Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian – dating up to 1939 when the Honourable Thomas McQuesten was Minister of Highways. Explore the heritage of Victorian ideas and possessions that influenced life at Whitehern on the eve of World War II.


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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 dependant children under 18 years old

We are located at:
41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1L3
Phone: 905-546-2018
Email: whitehern@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 $185 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 Whitehern

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at Whitehern Historic House & Garden throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events


The McQuesten Family Christmas: Opening Weekend

Saturday, November 17, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to Sunday, November 25, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 to Sunday, December 2, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 to Sunday, December 23, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Thursday, December 27, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 to Sunday, January 6, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit Whitehern to see the home in all its Christmas finery.

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 Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Dundurn National Historic Site and the Hamilton & Scourge shipwrecks National Historic Site.

Watch the full series "The Greatest Lakes" a Jerry Muskrat Adventure at jerrymuskrat.com