Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site

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July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

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 $175 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 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!

Wednesdays at Whitehern weekly eventWednesdays at Whitehern
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm


Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by Henry Strong Duo (Jazz Standards). Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.

Wednesdays at Whitehern weekly event
Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm


Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by Doug Feaver (Eclectic Folk and Blues). Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.

Wednesdays at Whitehern weekly eventWednesdays at Whitehern
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm


Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by Aubrey Wilson Quartet (1930;s Jazz Standards).Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.


Wednesdays at Whitehern
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by Rosewood Consort (Early Music).  Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.



Teddy Bear's Picnic
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
If you go down to the woods today...children will enjoy old-fashioned games, a teddy bear parade and a teddy bear hospital. Don't forget to bring your own teddy bear to join in on the fun! Suitable for children 3 to 7 yrs.
Free outdoor event.



Wednesdays at Whitehern
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by John David Williams (Clarinet Eclectic Klezmer & Swing).  Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.



Wednesdays at Whitehern
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by Shawn Trotter (Mandolin - Bach to Blues).  Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.



Wednesdays at Whitehern
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by Mike & Jill Daley (Early Swing Guitar - Jazz Standards - Classical Violin). Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.



Wednesdays at Whitehern
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm
Bring your lunch and enjoy the stunning historic garden setting and all-you-can-drink tea or lemonade while listening to live music. Music by Ruth Sutherland (Celtic Harp). Limited tables and chairs provided. $1 for tea or lemonade.



Won’t It Be Jolly
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Begin the holiday season with an evening of performance with tea and treats and a chance to visit Whitehern in the magic of evening. The evening begins at St. Paul’s Hall with a performance based on the letters in the Whitehern archives that give us a glimpse into the life of the McQuesten family. It is followed by tea and treats and a short walk to view the McQuesten home decorated for the season. As Ruby McQuesten wrote her brother in December 1902, “Hurrah, Won’t it be jolly!"
Cost: $15 per person. Pre-registration required.



The McQuesten's Childhood Christmas
Saturday, November 19, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuestens look back on the Christmas of their childhood. Once a year, the family's toys are gathered under a whimsically decorated tree. The table is beautifully set with the China they used for Christmas and New Year's. Cedar roping and satin ribbon complete the picture. Experience the holidays as they would have been celebrated through the eras, from the 1850s to the 1930s. Cost: Adults $7, Seniors/Youth $6, Children $5, Infants Free, Family $20.



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