Dundurn National Historic Site - Events

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Location:
610 York Blvd. (map)
Hamilton, Ontario
*please note the museum is only partially wheelchair accessible. Call museum for more details.

Phone: 905-546-2872
Fax: 905-546-2875
Email: dundurn@hamilton.ca


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Admission Rates

  • $11.50 Adults (18-59)
  • $9.50 Seniors (60+)
  • $9.50 Students * (13-17)
  • $6.00 Child (6-12)
  • FREE Infant (5 and under)
  • $30.00 Family **

* Student = 13-17 or with valid student ID
** Family = two adults and dependant children under 18


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Full-price ticket includes admission
to Dundurn Castle, the Kitchen Garden
and the Hamilton Military Museum.

Hours of Operation

Year Round:
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 - 4 pm

(Closed Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)

Depending on availability, we will gladly open outside of regular hours for pre-booked groups.

 

Events, Workshops and Exhibitions

Admission rates and scheduled events are subject to change. Please call to confirm.


Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape



Burlington Heights where Dundurn Castle and The Hamilton Military Museum now stand was occupied by the British military from 1813 until 1815. Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape tells the story of the people who lived on and around Burlington Heights during the War of 1812. This exhibit will showcase the historical figures of this area through documentary evidence, period artifacts as well as stories passed down from one generation to the next by their descendants.
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014 to Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 and Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 and Sunday, June 14, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015 and Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015 and Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Canada Day Military Tattoo


Dundurn National Historic Site

Come and enjoy a spectacular evening of musical celebration and experience a tradition that extends back over a century! Feel the thrill as the Regimental Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipes and Drums perform out in front of Dundurn Castle. Catch a glimpse of the red coated defenders of Canada West during the Fenian Raids as the 13th Battalion Ceremonial Guard takes the field.
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015 and Sunday, July 5, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015 and Sunday, July 12, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015 and Sunday, July 19, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015 and Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015 and Sunday, August 2, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015 and Sunday, August 9, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015 and Sunday, August 16, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015 and Sunday, August 23, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015 and Sunday, August 30, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Historic Garden Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn's historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. Enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses.
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015 and Sunday, September 6, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Month of Mourning


Dundurn National Historic Site

October will be a month of mourning at Dundurn. Costumed interpreters will lead visitors on a tour of over 40 rooms, many of which will be dressed for mourning. Experience the home in a unique way uncovering mourning customs and rituals developed during the Victorian period and get a glimpse into the personal experiences of the family through diary excerpts and newspaper articles and view some rarely seen artifacts.
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


Death and Dying at Dundurn


Dundurn National Historic Site

Elaborate mourning practices and rituals were developed during the Victorian period. The MacNab family was not spared these experiences which are well documented through newspaper articles, illustrations and journals when both Sir Allan MacNab and his wife Mary died at their family home. Other events surrounding Dundurn include hangings for treason, death from cholera, and the tragic Desjardins train accident of 1857. Join costumed Historical Interpreters for a special evening tour of the grounds and Castle to uncover the truths about these tragedies. NOTE: This tour contains outdoor components; please come dressed for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain.
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: 14 years and older.
Cost: $30.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


We Remember


Dundurn National Historic Site

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace. In honour of this commitment, the Hamilton Military Museum presents a special display and free admission to the museum.
Date: Friday, November 6, 2015 to Sunday, November 8, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event.


Victorian Christmas


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendor with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition.
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016 (Closed Mondays)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Regular admission rates apply to the museum.


First Day of Christmas


Dundurn National Historic Site

Visit Dundurn for the first day of its Victorian Christmas for FREE! Join costumed interpreters at Dundurn Castle for a free visit of the lavish home of Sir Allan MacNab and his family. The Castle will be decorated by The Garden Club of Hamilton with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the Good Shepherd's pantry!
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: Free event.


Workshop:

Victorian Christmas Delights


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy an authentic Victorian Christmas cooking experience at Dundurn. Your culinary journey begins as you are greeted by costumed cooks who lead you below stairs to Dundurn's 19th century kitchen for a unique and entertaining experience preparing seasonal desserts! A tour of Dundurn decked out for the season is also included.
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 14 years and older.
Cost: $50.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Workshop:

Dough-Re-Me


Dundurn National Historic Site

Family fun is on the menu! Come to Dundurn and prepare some tasty treats in the historic kitchen below stairs. While your treats are baking in the oven, costumed interpreters will guide you on a tour of the home. Complete your visit with a tasting of your delicious treats.
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 6 years and older.
Cost: $55.00 for 1 adult and 1 child. Pre-registration required.


Christmas Evening Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Begin your evening with carol-singing in the front hall, followed by an extended tour of Sir Allan MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional Christmas foods served in Dundurn's historic kitchen.
Date: Friday, December 4, 2015 to Sunday, December 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Christmas Evening Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Begin your evening with carol-singing in the front hall, followed by an extended tour of Sir Allan MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional Christmas foods served in Dundurn's historic kitchen.
Date: Friday, December 11, 2015 to Sunday, December 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Christmas Evening Tours


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for Christmas in the evening. Begin your evening with carol-singing in the front hall, followed by an extended tour of Sir Allan MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional Christmas foods served in Dundurn's historic kitchen.
Date: Friday, December 18, 2015 to Sunday, December 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.


Ring in the New Year


Dundurn National Historic Site

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see Dundurn Castle decorated for the holidays in the evening. Sir Allan MacNab was very proud of his Scottish Ancestry and celebrated the New Year surrounded by family and friends. Ring in the New Year at Dundurn with music, an extended tour of MacNab's lavish home and a chance to sample an assortment of traditional holiday foods served in the historic kitchen.
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $27.00 per person. Pre-registration required.