Hamilton Ontario Museums information, listings and links
Special Note: Doors Open Hamilton
f Once a year, ALL Hamilton Civic Museums, celebrate the City's rich history and give you an opportunity to explore its architectural gems and undiscovered treasures. The first weekend in May, admission (egular hours of operation apply) for all ages is FREE at these musuems:
Battlefield House & Park National Historic Site
77 King Street West
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1H9
Discover this National Historic Site where in 1813 the Gage family was held captive as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged around them. Guided by costumed interpreters, explore the homestead and climb to the observation deck of the Battlefield Monument for a spectacular view of Lake Ontario and Niagara Escarpment. The monument was built where the American forces had placed their cannons and where the heaviest action took place during the battle and was unveiled on the centennial of the Battle of Stoney Creek, June 6, 1913. Open mid-June to Labour Day. Admission. .
Bell Homestead National Historic Site
94 Tutela Heights
Brantford, ON N3T 1A1
The Bell Homestead provided the setting for the invention of the telephone in 1874. The Bell family sold the farm in 1881, and in 1909, the house and surrounding lands were bought for the City of Brantford. Since then many original Bell family furnishings and household items have been added to recreate the home's 1870s appearance.
Canada Marine Discovery Centre
57 Guise E, Pier 8
Hamilton , ON
The Centre contains interactive exhibits in three galleries and a 65 seat theatre. The Canada Marine Discovery Centre provides visitors with opportunities to explore Canada's rich marine heritage from Hamilton Harbour to the ocean depths! Interactive exhibits at a waterfront setting, provide songs, stories and demonstrations. Listen to the sounds of an Atlantic gale, walk through a west coast kelp forest, or take a virtual voyage on a Great Lakes freighter. The Hamilton Waterfront Trail runs around the perimeter of the site joining up with HMCS Haida National Historic Site and the Waterfront Trail System. Trails provides opportunities for walking, biking and rollerblading. Open Year-round. Admission.
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
58 Jackson Street West
Hamilton , ON L8P 1L4
Historical football exhibits profile the great players and builders of the game, and see the permanent home of the Grey Cup Trophy and Canadian Bowl.. Come try our virtual field goal kick and leg press. Visit the gift shop and purchase a souvenir of your visit. Educational programs available upon request.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9280 Airport Rd
Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0
"Canada's Flying Museum" restores and displays aircraft from WWII planes to jets. Over 40 Aircraft including the only operational Avro Lancaster in North America are displayed. Aircraft fly (in season). See aircraft restorations in progress. Interactive exhibits, restaurants, gift shop and vintage aircraft rides. Free admission
Erland Lee Home (Museum)
552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, ON L8J 2Y6
A National Historic Site of Canada, the home of one of Stoney Creek's prominent 19th century families was the 1897 birthplace of the world's first rural women's organization, The Women's Institute. House, carriage house and gardens open. The main building was first built in1808 by John Lee, son of a British ex-serviceman who emigrated to here as Loyalists, in the aftermath of the American Revolution. Original furnishings and exhibits on Stoney Creek history and Women's Institute history. The museum's display of 1910 era, Stoney Creek with 1:87, (HO) scale models of the Hamilton , Grimsby, and Beamsville Electric Railway in West Saltfleet and the Red Hill Creek, Old Stoney Creek, Fruitland, and Winona, with over 30 buildings. Special events year round, bus parking, gift shop, picnic area. Open Seasonally. Admission.
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum
64 Sulphur Springs Road
Ancaster, ON L9G 1L8
This historic Tudor-style home set amidst 7 acres of woodland and gardens, serves as Ancaster's Cultural Centre promoting local history, fine art and culture through rotating exhibits, archives and programs. The Griffin House tells the fascinating story of early freedom seekers on the Underground Railway from American slave states. Visitors will enjoy beautiful, award-winning gardens and a summer performing art series, "Music at Fieldcote", presented in the newly constructed bandshell. Exhibit and archives are open year-round. Admission.
Flamborough Heritage Society & Archives 163 Dundas Street East
Waterdown, Ontario L0R 2H0
Over 12 walking tours. Brochures are available for visitors to learn about Flamborough's heritage, together with history books and historical exhibitions. Information is available for people researching Flamborough's heritage and history. Free parking.
Hamilton Military Museum
610 York Blvd. (map)
Hamilton , Ontario, L8R 3H1
Discover Canadian military history with exhibits of uniforms, weapons and lifestyle from the War of 1812 to World War I. Features include a reconstruction WWI trench, a medals display and special presentations in the rotating gallery. Open Labour Day to Victoria Day. Admission.
Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology
900 Woodward Avenue, at the QEW
Hamilton , ON L8H 7N2
Be amazed by the technology which made city life possible 140 years ago. This National Historic Site preserves two magnificent Canadian-made 70-ton steam engines which powered Hamilton 's first municipal waterworks over 140 years ago. One engine is in operation every day. Watch for special events and Live Steamer days. Open year-round. Admission.
Hamilton Children's Museum
1072 Main St. East at Gage Park (map)
Hamilton , Ontario, L8M 1N6
Phone: (905) 546-4848
Open year-round. Admission..
Ireland House Museum
2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, ON L7P 5A8
Built between 1835-1837 Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington's earliest settlers. He emigrated from Bowes, Yorkshire, England in 1819 and petitioned for land at Oakridge Farm. Ireland House was occupied by Joseph and his descendants up until 1985. In 1987 the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Marie Ireland Bush. The homestead has since been restored to illustrate 3 distinct time periods, representing the generations of Irelands who lived in the house. Ninety percent of the furnishings are original to the Ireland family. The property consists of 3.68 acres of woodland, gardens, and picnic areas. Admission.
Joseph Brant Museum
1240 North Shore Boulevard East
Burlington, ON L7S 1C5
The Joseph Brant Museum is housed in a replica of the house built by Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, the prominent Mohawk leader and Loyalist who moved to the head of Lake Ontario in the early 19th century. In 1798 the Mohawk leader was granted 3,40 acres on Burlington Bay by King George III for his services to the Crown during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution. The Museum exhibits artifacts that relate to the story of Joseph Brant, Burlington's history as a community and the Eileen Collard Gallery of Historic Costumes and Textiles collection, Ontario's 2nd largest collection of historic clothing. The museum was built in 1937/38 and opened its doors in June, 1942 as a one-room exhibit gallery. Today the museum has more than 2,200 square feet of exhibit space and houses more than 10,000 artifacts. Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm offer tours and hold a variety of special events during the year which celebrate our heritage. Admission.
Westfield Heritage Village
1049 Kirkwall Rd
Hwy. #8 NW past Dundas, past Hwy. #5 and North on Regional Road 552
519-621-8851 Toll Free: 1-800-883-0104
Step back in time to a fascinating living history country village. Over 30 historic buildings surrounded by 324 acres of unspoiled natural woodlands and meadows with several well marked nature trails and a rare T.H. & B. Steam Locomotive. Features include blacksmithing, period fashion shows, schoolhouse, log homes, and native settlement. Free parking, unique gift shop, trails, picnic area and refreshments available. Open Sundays and holidays until October.
Whitehern Historic House & Gardens, National Historic Site
41 Jackson St. West, Hamilton , ON L8P 1L3
(905) 546-2018 Fax: (905) 546-4933
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, a was the former home of three generations of the McQuesten Family (1852-1968) of Hamilton , Ontario. Prominent walled terraced garden, this is an outstanding example of an urban estate originally owned by a wealthy industrialist. Today, Whitehern depicts 1939 when a bygone era would soon disappear forever. Outstanding family contributions include: the establishment of 'McQuesten & Co.', the first iron foundry in Hamilton (later known as 'Sawyer-Massey Co.'); the development of the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), the Rainbow Bridge (in Niagara Falls); the establishment of McMaster University in Hamilton ; the restorations of Old Fort Henry, Joseph Brant Museum and Fort George; and participation in the development of the Niagara Parks. Open mid-June 15 to Labour Day. Admission. Free parking on Sundays at City Hall.