Museum Field Trips

Hamilton Civic Museums Learning Adventures

Hamilton Civic Museums Update

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, The Hamilton Military Museum, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Whitehern Historic House, and Fieldcote Museum are open to the public.
  • Battlefield House, Hamilton Children's Museum, and Griffin House are closed to the public to accommodate ongoing construction projects.
  • Rental venues are available at all sites. Capacities in keeping with COVID guidelines will be conveyed at time of inquiry.

We recognize that today’s jam-packed curricula places heavy demands on students and teachers. Any field study to a local museum needs to be engaging and effective: it needs to add significant value to what you do in the classroom. Our friendly and knowledgeable programming staff is prepared to assist you in designing a unique educational program tailored to your needs.

We are committed to offering the inquiry-based learning style outlined by the citizenship education framework for Social Studies, History and Geography. We invite teachers to contact the museums directly to discuss their needs. Per student pricing is subject to change.

Field Trip Planner

Search the Online Field Trip Planner or download the Field Trip Planner (PDF, 4.3 MB) to find programming that suits your needs at the following municipal museums. Outreach Programs for delivery in the classroom are identified in the ‘At-a-Glance’ Index located at the front of the Planner.

  • Battlefield House Museum & Park
  • Dundurn Castle
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum
  • Griffin House
  • Hamilton Children's Museum
  • Hamilton Farmers' Market
  • The Hamilton Military Museum
  • Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
  • Whitehern Historic House & Garden

History in Action Day

Transport your students back in time to a military encampment during the War of 1812 on Thursday, June 4 from 10AM to 2PM. Space is limited. Register today to avoid disappointment!

Scouts, Guides & Community groups

Important links with our museum programs and the Scouting and Guiding Handbooks have been made. If you would like a detailed outline of any of our programs, or if you require a customized program for your group, please contact the individual museum(s) directly.

Program highlights

  • Programs have been developed from Specific Expectations outlined in the Ontario Elementary Curriculum.
  • Please call or email the sites for a list of Specific Expectations addressed during each program.
  • Programs may be modified to suit the specific needs of any group.
  • Programs are available for visitors from pre-school to post-secondary.
  • Most programs can be adapted for delivery to the Kindergarten level.
  • Picnic areas, and accessibility information are identified by symbols located within each respective site section.
  • Programs are available year-round (unless otherwise indicated), by advance booking only.
  • Due to the popularity of our programs, we recommend reservations be made at least two weeks prior to the preferred date of arrival.
    • A minimum group charge will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • The booking department will call to confirm the guaranteed number of participants three days prior to arrival.
    • If numbers change after confirmation, we will charge for the number confirmed or the actual number arriving, whichever is greater.
  • 4 days' notice is required for program changes.
    • Late cancellations may be invoiced at our discretion.
  • Maximum group size varies according to program and site choice.
    • Please contact the respective site to make special arrangements to accommodate large groups
    • Large groups will be divided to allow more flexibility.
  • Recommended supervisor ratios:
    • Secondary level programs are 1 to 15
    • Elementary level programs are 1 to 10
    • Children five and under are 1 to 5
      • Supervisors/escorts are admitted free based on these ratios.
      • Additional adults will be charged the adult group rate of admission.
  • Program fees range from $3 to $9 per participant and are outlined within each program description.
    • Program rates are subject to change.
    • GST applies to visitors over 13 years of age.
  • Please encourage your group members to dress for the weather, and protect themselves from the elements.
  • Bus and motor coach parking is available free of charge at most sites.

Museum Learning Adventures Videos

Hamilton Civic Museums - Kidoons playlist

Hamilton Civic Museums - War of 1812 Educational Series playlist