Let's Explore Griffin House
The Griffin Family in Ancaster
Eventually, the couple came to settle in Ancaster, purchasing Griffin House and the surrounding 50 acres in 1834. An 1851 Agricultural census provides details about the Griffin Farm: Enerals, a farmer with considerable expertise, had 15 acres under crops (including wheat) and 14 under pasture, with one garden or orchard.
Learn more about Griffin's journey to Canada and life in Ancaster in this video, which is part of the Stories of Migration and Belonging exhibition.
Discover Griffin House
Events at Griffin House
Griffin House National Historic Site is currently closed for construction. For a full listing of events at all Hamilton Civic Museum sites, check out our Events page.
Visit Griffin House
Griffin House is free to visit.
Open from July through September Sundays only from 1 to 4 pm
*Currently closed due to capital project work
Create & Celebrate
Hamilton Civic Museums is proud to offer a variety of different programs and workshops - from curriculum based learning adventures, to group tours and specialized experiences for Scouts, Guides and community groups.
For curriculum based school programs, click here
For group tours, click here
Check out our events listings for guided tours, workshops and other museum experiences. For museum events, click here
Weddings & Event Venue Rentals
Nationally renowned cultural sites provide distinctive settings for your special event. The revitalization of heritage buildings at some of the city’s finest historic sites has resulted in the creation of indoor and outdoor gathering places like no other. Presented in varying styles from the early 1800s to modern day, each venue exudes its own charm and appeal. Locations include:
- a Coach House on the estate of Canada’s pre-confederation ‘Prime Minister’
- a former Stable converted to a cottage-style retreat in the very heart of the city
- a modern Cellar beneath a Gage family homestead built in 1818
- an 1859 Woodshed with old-growth wooden beams and gracefully arching trusses
- one of the finest pieces of stone architecture in Ancaster built in 1871
- a classical pavilion crowned by a cupola
- Expansive green spaces, tended gardens and captivating landscapes
Birthday parties are very popular and space is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Decorating varies from site to site, please inquire at the time of booking.
The purchase of a $205 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.