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Hamilton Children's Museum

Stretch your imagination as you play and learn!

Learning Through Play

Home to interactive, hands-on galleries, the museum encourages learning through self-directed play. Play inspires imagination, and imagination helps children to understand their world. 

Housed in an 1875 farmhouse in beautiful Gage Park, the museum  has been providing family-friendly learning opportunities to the public for more than forty years. 

While the Hamilton Children's Museum is closed for a major expansion, staff are popping up at other Hamilton Civic Museums’ sites delivering programs and events for children and families. 

Growing to better serve the community

We are very excited to announce that the Hamilton Children’s Museum is growing to serve the community better! The demand for better accessibility and more programming space has led to the expansion and enhancement of the current building. The Children’s Museum is temporarily closed due to this substantial expansion project.

The new Children's Museum will feature  a 1500 square foot addition that is colourful, fun and whimsical in design; additional spaces for  programming; new seating spaces, play rooms and quiet areas; a new larger family washroom and a barrier free front entrance 

Opening Summer 2025.

Hamilton Children's Museum: Expansion in Progress

Events at the Children's Museum

The Hamilton Children’s Museum is currently closed for construction, but Children’s Museum staff are out and about in the community and at our other sites for pop-up workshops and activities. For more information, check out Hamilton Civic Museums events page.

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Contact & Site Info

Hamilton Children's Museum
Located in Gage Park, 1072 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1N6

The Children's Museum is currently closed for construction. Look out for Children's Museum staff leading kid-friendly programming at other Hamilton Civic Museum sites during the closure

Call 905-978-1443
Email [email protected]

Adult (18 to 59 years)$9.00
Senior (60+ years)$7.75
Student (13 to 17 years) Must show valid student ID$7.75
Child (6 to 12 years)$5.50
Infant (5 years or younger)FREE
Family (2 adults & unlimited dependent children under 18 years)$24.75
Hours & Accessibility

Currently closed due to capital project work

Create & Celebrate

Programs & Workshops

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

Venue Rentals

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 

Click here to learn more

Birthday Parties

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.

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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.

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