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


Wednesdays at Whitehern: Ruth Sutherland

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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: Rambling Roosters

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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: Michelle & Arnie

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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: Doug Feaver

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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: Mike & Jill Daley

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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: Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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

Sunday, August 11, 2019
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: Mountain Road

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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: Aubrey Wilson Quartet

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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: Two Harps

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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.

The McQuesten Family Christmas: Opening Weekend

Saturday, November 16, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to Sunday, November 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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 to Sunday, December 1, 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 3, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 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 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. 

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