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.

Whitehern 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.

  • $7.50 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $6.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $6.50 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $5.50 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $22 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.

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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! View all Hamilton Civic Museum Events

Family Day Events

Dont miss our Open Family Day Special Programming


Family Day Comedy Classics

Monday, February 18, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tour the McQuesten home as it was in 1939 and then head to the renovated Stable to enjoy short comedy classic films such as The Little Rascals, The

March Break at Whitehern: Anthropomorphia

Saturday, March 9, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Try to ‘spy’ tiny Shopkins and other anthropomorphic items hidden amongst the McQuesten family’s everyday items, create your own anthropomorphic cr

Doors Open: Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Saturday, May 4, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Enjoy a leisurely visit emphasizing recent restoration work in the main and upper halls, including impressive faux finishing by Lori Le Mare to cre

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