Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site

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!

Find a full listing of holiday events at all Hamilton Civic Museums

Whitehern Historic House & Garden facilityWon't It Be Jolly - SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 10, 2016
6 to 7:30 pm - Children/Families (includes carols, treats & craft)
8 to 10 pm - (includes carols, treats & games)

Email: whitehern@hamilton.ca
Phone: 905-546-2018

Begin the holiday season with a visit to Whitehern. A rare opportunity to see the house in the evening, dressed in its Christmas finery, music will be playing, while costumed interpreters take you on a stroll through three different eras of Christmas past. The cozy Stable will be waiting for traditional 1930’s parlor games (or crafts for the children), stories, carols, cocoa, cider, tea and biscuits. As Ruby McQuesten wrote in a letter to her brother in December 1902, “Hurrah, Won’t it be jolly!”. 


The McQuesten's Childhood Christmas

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.
November 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Family Day Comedy Classics

Tour the McQuesten home as it was in 1939 and then head to the renovated Stable to enjoy short comedy classic films and cartoons such as The Little Rascals and Popeye. Share the fun of classic family entertainment of the 1930s. Refreshments are available for purchase.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm
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