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Hamilton Civic Museums Learning Adventures

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

Starting September 22, 2021, each person who enters an indoor facility for meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. The only exceptions permitted for meeting and event spaces include:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)

For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination

Do I need proof of vaccination to go on a tour in the museum?
You do not need to show proof of vaccination to access the gift shop, washroom facilities, retail or admission purchases and guided tours. Proof of vaccination is only required to enter indoor meeting and event spaces.

What can I expect for vaccine verification when I visit a City Museum event or meeting space?
Each person who enters an indoor facility for meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. Verification is required for any individual who is not an employee working in or operating the facility.

When arriving at a meeting or event space, signage will indicate the main entrance. Vaccine verification is required when entering a meeting or event space, followed by contact and health screening. Please plan and adjust arrival times accordingly as you may experience wait times before entering. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Will my vaccination records or personal health information be kept or recorded?
No. Any vaccination records or documentation will only be visually verified - no information will be retained or copied.

If I am just leaving the facility briefly and coming right back in, do I have to show my vaccine verification each time I enter the facility?
Yes. Businesses and organizations are not permitted to retain vaccine records or status, so individuals will be required to show their proof of vaccination each time they enter the facility.

What is acceptable proof of vaccination or identification?
Proof of vaccination, identification and exemption requirements are determined by the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination. Identification is required to verify name and date of birth only.

  • Must show Name and Date of Birth, issued from an institution or organization
  • Does not need to include a picture
  • Can be shown as a photocopy or digital/electronical version (on a device)
  • Can be expired

Do I need to show vaccine verification to use the washrooms in museum facility?
No. Members of the public will be permitted to quickly use the closest non-changeroom washroom and exit the building.

I am unvaccinated – can I still enter the event or meeting space?
These vaccine exemptions apply to meeting and event spaces:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)

Are youth required to show identification?  What is acceptable identification?
Youth 13 to 17 years of age accessing a meeting or event space are required to show proof of vaccination and identification in accordance with the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination.

What if I refuse to show vaccine verification?
No member of the public will be permitted to enter the event or meeting space without proof of vaccination or exemption.

The City of Hamilton has a Zero Tolerance policy. Anyone engaging in verbal assaults, threats or aggression, vandalism, or incitement of violence will be ejected from the property with a mandatory suspension from all municipal facilities. We ask that everyone attending a City recreation centre/arena contributes to a positive and supportive environment for children, their families, and community sport.

What if someone in attendance at my event refuses to show vaccine verification?
The event organizer is responsible to ensure that attendees are aware of and comply with the Provincial requirement to show vaccination status when entering a meeting or event space.  If they do not comply, the event may be cancelled, and a refund will not be issued. Staff may request at any time, documented proof of contact tracing, and evidence of vaccination screening.

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

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Hamilton Civic Museums - War of 1812 Educational Series playlist