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Dundurn Castle

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National Historic Site
610 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON L8R 3H1
Phone: 905-546-2872 Fax: 905-546-2875 email: dundurn@hamilton.ca

Dundurn Castle was the mid-19th century home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, a prominent businessman and politician who played a key role in the growth of Hamilton and Canada. From serving in the War of 1812, confronting William Lyon Mackenzie during the Rebellion of 1837, building railways and industry to being Speaker of the House during the years leading to Confederation, MacNab witnessed some of the key events of Canada’s history. Dundurn Castle, a magnificent forty-room mansion surrounded by 30 acres of Picturesque landscape and garden, was home for the MacNab family and a large corps of servants. The home is restored to a time when MacNab was at the height of his influence and the estate bustled with activity. This National Historic Site provides a unique opportunity to study culture, society and politics in Canada before Confederation. Interactive and engaging programs have been designed to address Specific Expectations in various strands and topics in Social Studies, History and Geography, and Science and Technology curricula. Dundurn Castle programs can be combined with programs offered at The Hamilton Military Museum for a full day visit.

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Battlefield House Museum & Park

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National Historic Site
77 King St W. (corner of King and Centennial Pkwy)
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1H9
Phone: 905-662.8458 Fax: 905-546.4141 email: battlefield@hamilton.ca

One of the first houses to be built in Stoney Creek, Battlefield House was the home of the Gage family from 1796 until 1835. During these settlement years of the early 19th century, James and Mary Gage cleared and worked the land with their ten children and became well-known for their warm hospitality. The War of 1812 had a direct impact on the Gage family as they found themselves confined to their home when American soldiers occupied their land and then a battle broke out during the early morning hours of June 6, 1813. The resulting British victory at the Battle of Stoney Creek was crucial in preventing the Americans from taking control of Upper Canada during the War of 1812. Less than 100 years later, in 1899, Sara Calder, grand-daughter of James and Mary Gage and first president of the Women’s Wentworth Historical Society, led the purchase and preservation of the homestead. Further recognition of the significant event that took place on this property came in the year 1913, when the 100-foot tall Battlefield Monument was opened, standing as a symbol of peace and commemorating those soldiers who died at the Battle of Stoney Creek. Most educational programs include a tour of the Battlefield Monument, weather permitting.

Jerry the muskrat Jerry the Muskrat visits the Battlefield House and Museum

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Hamilton Childrens' Museum

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1072 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1N6

The Hamilton Children’s Museum located in Gage Park has been a community fixture since 1978. A visit to the museum is an integrated learning experience. Because children learn in many different ways, we incorporate activities in which children can use all of their senses to explore, inquire, and discover. We strive to create multi-layered collaborative learning experiences that are multi-disciplinary and cross-curricular.
*All Programs include free play time in the three interactive museum galleries. .

Newly renovated gallery exhibits take their inspiration from Hamilton’s natural landscape and how it is used by people and other living things: 

  • The Summers Theatre Stage, inspired by the popular theatre that once sat atop Wentworth Street incline railway on the escarpment
  • The Building Gallery, featuring Gage Park and its transformation from family orchard to urban greenspace 
  • The Ship Gallery, featuring above and below deck activities, including a galley kitchen, a cargo boom and a musical ship whistle

Housed in an 1875 farmhouse in beautiful Gage Park, the museum was once home to Hamilton’s Gage Family. It has been providing family-friendly learning opportunities to the public for more than 30 years.

Hamilton Children’s Museum welcomes schools, community organizations, daycare classes and group bookings. During busy times, there may be a short, outdoor wait and visits may be limited to one hour. Visitors can call ahead to find out if there is a line up on the day they are visiting.  

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Hamilton Military Museum

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At Dundurn National Historic Site
610 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON L8R 3H1
Phone: 905-546-2872 Fax: 905-546-2875 email: military@hamilton.ca

Burlington Heights, where Dundurn Castle stands today, was occupied by the British military from 1813 -1815. Housed in Battery Lodge The Hamilton Military Museum provides a unique opportunity to study the social history of the military in Canada. The museum exhibit entitled Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape showcases the historical figures of this area through documentary evidence, period artifacts, and stories passed down through generations during the War of 1812. Located in The Coach House, the First World War exhibit reveals the impact the war had on those who fought in it through artifacts and images. Interactive and engaging programs have been designed to address specific expectations in various strands and topics in Social Studies, and History curricula.

Programs can be combined with programs offered at Dundurn Castle for a full day visit.

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Whitehern Historic House & Garden

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National Historic Site
41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON L8P IL3
Phone: 905-546-2018 Fax: 905-546-4933 email: whitehern@hamilton.ca

Prominently situated in a walled, terraced garden, Whitehern is an outstanding example of a mid-19th century urban estate originally owned by wealthy industrialist, Dr. Calvin McQuesten. The house today has multilayered character that reflects the alterations made by three generations of the McQuesten family. It contains elements from many time periods including Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian with family possessions dating up to 1939 when the good doctor’s grandson became the Honorable Thomas B. McQuesten, Minister of Highways. The house is restored to a time when Thomas was at the height of his influence, just after opening Canada’s first modern highway, the Queen Elizabeth Way. This National Historic Site provides a unique opportunity to study culture, society and the evolution of domestic technology in Canada in the years following Confederation and up to the eve of WWII when the niceties of a bygone era were about to disappear forever. Interactive and engaging programs have been designed to address Specific Expectations in the Ontario Curriculum. Various strands and topics in the Science and Technology, Mathematics, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, and Social Studies curricula are addressed in a unique learning environment. .

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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

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National Historic Site
900 Woodward Avenue (at the QEW), Hamilton, ON L8H 7N2
Phone: 905-546-4797 Fax: 905-546-4798 email: steammuseum@hamilton.ca

Hamilton’s first municipal Waterworks was built in 1859. Now a museum and National Historic Site, the building preserves two 45-foot-high steam engines, the oldest surviving Canadian made engines. The museum is a unique learning environment, where concepts leave the textbook and come to life. Diverse teaching strategies demonstrate simple machines, forces, energy and design, the hydrologic cycle, and day to day life in a 19th century workplace. Half day programs are available. Combine ANY two programs for an additional $2.50 per student.

Ask us about our full-day partnership programs with Green Venture at EcoHouse. EcoHouse is situated in the former Veevers Estate, which has been retrofitted to demonstrate environmental technologies from the past, present and future. This partnership program can also include Totally Transit; a program offered in conjunction with HSR, that teaches about sustainable transportation and bus ridership. A chartered HSR bus provides midday transportation between the Museum and EcoHouse. For more information on joint program opportunities with Green Venture visit: http://ecohouse.greenventure.ca

Extend your Program with the Workers, Arts and Heritage Centre

Turn your visit into a full-day experience through our new partnership with the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. See our recommendations marked throughout the brochure with the symbol Extend

The Workers, Arts and Heritage Centre

Celebrate workers’ history at WAHC, located inside Hamilton's 19th century Custom House, a National Historic Site. The centre serves to preserve, honour, and promote the culture and history of all working people. WAHC is much more than a museum – it’s also a contemporary multidisciplinary arts centre with diverse exhibitions and programs for adults, children and youth.

Their School Visits program allows students to engage in exciting programs that educate them about the important contributions of working people to our civic, cultural and national landscapes. Each session includes an interactive tour and workshop in WAHC's studio with an artist facilitator.

WAHC logoFor more information on WAHC:
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton



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Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

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64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster, ON L9G 1L8
Phone: 905-648-8144 Fax: 905-648-4857 email: fieldcote@hamilton.ca

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum is a cultural heritage centre for the Ancaster area with an emphasis on the collection, preservation and exhibition of local history, the promotion of fine arts, and the celebration of natural heritage through beautifully landscaped gardens and walking trails. Seven acres of park-like setting provide ample space for a picnic lunch in fair weather. Features include a rotating exhibition schedule alternating between art and history themes, archives for public research, and a stage for the performing arts. Fieldcote’s mandate fosters an appreciation and understanding of the arts with a focus on local art within a heritage setting. All arts-based educational programs have been developed by a trained artist and are administered by skilled instructors.

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Griffin House

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National Historic Site
733 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON L9H 1A1
Phone: 905-648-8144 Fax: 905-648-4857 email: griffinhouse@hamilton.ca

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum also administers interpretation of Griffin House, a black heritage site in the Dundas Valley. Griffin House stands today as a testament to the determination of Enerals Griffin, an African-American born in Virginia in 1790, who journeyed to Southern Ontario and established his family farm in the beautiful Dundas Valley. For more than 150 years, their descendants lived and worked on the beautiful valley farm and were members of the Ancaster community. The Griffins were one of only a few black families in the area during those early years. Visit this well-preserved early 19th century farm cabin that displays the solid, simple architecture once so common in Upper Canada. It includes two rooms on the main floor, two bedrooms on the upper floor and a white-washed dry storage area in the basement. Explore the history of Enerals Griffin and other early black settlers.

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Hamilton Farmers' Market

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Jackson Square
35 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON L8P 1A1
Phone: 905-546-2096 Fax: 905-546-2829 email: farmersmarket@hamilton.ca

For 180 years, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market has connected the community to farmers and foods. Excite and engage student’s senses with the MARKET’s many tastes, aromas, colours, textures and sounds. Explore the MARKET as a space to connect learning to agriculture, food, culture and community.

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