Culture Division, City of Hamilton
Tourism Region: Souther Ontario
Parent organization for seven museums, including four National Historic sites (Dundurn Castle, Battlefield House, Whitehern and the Hamilton Steam Museum. Also responsible for the Hamilton and Scourge National Marine Site. Also oversees the Hamilton Farmer's Market, arts, events and the public art program.
Each of museum sites have their own admission rates but access to the Culture Division offices is free of charge.
The Culture Division manages a collection of approximately 60,000 3D artefacts, located at the museum sites and two off-site storage locations. In addition the Division maintains about 300,000 archival records and archaeological specimens. The collection is overseen by a Registrar who in employed by the Division and available to all the museum sites.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 400,000
The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, Whitehern Museum and Fieldcote Museum all have extensive archives. There are minor archives at the other sites as well.
Architectural Records •
Cartographic Materials •
Electronic Records •
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Both Dundurn Castle and Whitehern have extensive collections of silver and textiles. Both also have extensive furniture collections. Dundurn, Whitehern and Battlefield House also have extensive costume collections.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Textiles or Tapestries
The division oversees the Corporate collection of the City of Hamilton which includes a variety of Fine Art pieces. In addition Dundurn Castle and Whitehern and the Hamilton Steam Museums have significant art collections including works but Currier, Robert Whale and other significant figures.
American • Canadian
Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings
The Human History collections held by the Division are broad and span the time period from 10,000BC (represented by some archaeological collections), to the modern day. The collection includes significant collections of Furniture, dish and silverware, household items, medals and military uniforms and science and technological items.
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Marine History and Technology
Military History and Technology
: Non-motorized ground
Services & Activities
The Culture Division oversees the operations of seven museums, four of which are National Historic Sites. The Division also plans events such as Remembrance Day, oversees the public art program for the City of Hamilton, and runs the Hamilton Farmers Market. The public monuments owned by the City of Hamilton are maintained by the Culture Division and the plaguing program is run through the division as well.
Six of the seven museums have archival records which the public can view. Research can also be conducted on the collections of any of the museums.
Archival Records •
Conservation or Restoration •
Genealogical Research •
Conference or Symposium
Each of the museums has a full offering of school programming, primarily for grades 1 through 6, however Dundurn Castle and the Steam Museum also have highschool programs. The Hamilton children's Museum has extensive offerings for preschool children. Programs include topics from the history, art and science curriculums. All museums also offer special programming during March Break. The Culture Division maintains a program committee which oversees and provides integration between the programs and a marketing committee which provides promotion.
Classes or Workshops
Discovery Room or Centre
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
Five of the seven museums (including all four National Historic sites) run by the Division offer guided tours. The Hamilton Children's Museum and Fieldcote Memorial Park are self-guided. Services are provided for bus tours and school groups and are available in French if required. The Division runs competitions for public art design and plans special events. Research is available through the museum sites and general historical inquiries are welcome.
Accessible by Public Transportation
Children's Activities or Services
: Nursing area or Change Table
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 30
Activities: Volunteering is largely done through the museum sites. Activities include assistance with special events and programming.
All seven museums have picnic facilities either on the property or located nearby. Food is generally only available during special events. All museums with the exception of the Military Museum also provide rental space and catering can be arranged for rental groups.
Picnic Area •
Local Tourism Links
Publications & Products
The Culture Division prepares and distributes the Hamilton Civic Museum lure brochure. The Division also maintains the web-site, designs and distributes all other marketing products (Christmas flyers, etc.). The Division also publishes the Field Trip Planner for teachers and and electronic quarterly newsletter titles "Museum Moments".
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