Hamilton Civic Museums

Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site

Dundurn National Historic Site (including Dundurn Castle, The Hamilton Military Museum, and The Historic Kitchen Garden) and the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology  are open to the public as of July 15 offering modified programming on a Wednesday to Sunday schedule, and are accepting bookings for events.

All other Hamilton Civic Museums are now accepting bookings for events beginning January 2021.

Bookings will be accommodated based on availability and in compliance with current Provincial social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines.

 

This City-owned museum is closed until further notice.

 

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.

  • $8.50 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $7.50 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $7.50 for students ages13 to 17. Students must show valid student ID.
  • $6 for children ages 6 to 12
  • Infants who are five years old or younger visit for free
  • $25 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependant children under 18 years old

The museum is NOT wheelchair accessible. 

We are located at:
41 Jackson St W, 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 $190 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.

Weddings at Dundurn

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Corporate Rentals

Group Tours

Dundurn workshop button

Test your knowledge of Hamilton with our Hamilton Civic Museums’ Crossword

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 Museums Events


Teddy Bear's Picnic - CANCELLED

Sunday, August 9, 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 - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

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.

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 to Sunday, November 22, 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. 

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to Sunday, November 29, 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. 

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to Sunday, December 6, 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. 

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 to Sunday, December 13, 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. 

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 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. 

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 to Sunday, December 27, 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. 

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Tuesday, December 29, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021
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


Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site Videos

Visit Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site from your own home through our virtual experience playlist