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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

Visit the site of the 1859 Hamilton Waterworks complex

A Civil Engineering Landmark

The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology preserves two massive steam-powered beam engines, which pumped water in Hamilton from 1859 to 1910, as well as a collection of artifacts relating Hamilton’s industrial past. The museum interprets Hamilton’s relationship with water, steam power, and industrialisation.

Guided tours, public programs, and special events are offered, including Train Days with the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers, Boats in the Park with the Confederation Marine Modellers as well as year-round STE(a)M workshops, field trips, group tours, and children’s activities.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Steam Museum

James McFarlane & the Hamilton Water Works

The 1850’s were a period of rapid growth and urbanization for Hamilton. Immigration was a key driver of this growth and many of the City’s new residents came to Canada from England, Scotland, Ireland and the United States. This included Scottish immigrant James McFarlane, Chief Engineer of the Hamilton Water Works, now the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. McFarlane employed his ample education and exceptional skill in what was the first waterworks in Hamilton and the first plant of its kind in North America.

McFarlane contributed to the building of and operated Waterworks, keeping the City’s residents safe from water-borne diseases like cholera and supplying water for Hamilton's burgeoning industry. Learn more about McFarlane's life and contributions to the City in this video, part of the Stories of Migration and Belonging exhibtion.

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Events at The Steam Museum

Selected upcoming events at the Steam Museum are featured below. For a full listing of events at all Hamilton Civic Museum sites, check out our Events page.

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Contact & Site Info

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology
900 Woodward Ave. Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2

Free parking available onsite 

Call 905-978-1443
Email [email protected]

Adult (18 to 59 years)$10.00
Senior (60+ years)$8.50
Student (13 to 17 years) with valid student ID$8.50
Child (6 to 12 years)$6.00
Infant (5 years or younger)FREE
Family (2 adults & dependent children under 18 years)     $27.50
Hours & Accessibility

Open year round
Tuesday - Sunday  from 12pm to 4 pm
Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is partially accessible. Please call for more details.


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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