Hamilton Civic Museums

Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site

TripAdvisor Review IconDiscover 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.


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: [email protected]

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


The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Friday, December 27, 2019 to Sunday, December 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Thursday, January 2, 2020 to Sunday, January 5, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Family Day Comedy Classics

Monday, February 17, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tour the McQuesten home as it was in 1939 and enjoy an eye-spy game looking for film and cartoon characters.

March Break at Whitehern: Anthropomorphia

Saturday, March 14, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join us for March Break fun at Whitehern.

Doors Open: Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020
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

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

If you go down to the woods today...children will enjoy old-fashioned games, a teddy bear parade and a teddy bear hospital.

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Wednesdays at Whitehern

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

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