Doors Open Ontario

The Doors Open Ontario 2018 season was a great success. Over 482,000 people visited sites in communities across the province. Thanks to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their support, and to all who participated.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House) Doors Open Hamilton

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House)

Canada’s only national workers’ history museum and art gallery, housed in Hamilton’s former Custom House, celebrates the role of the labour and social movements in advocating for a fair and just society. View the permanent exhibits on workers' history in Hamilton and Ontario. Interactive activities for children include animation of the operational knitting machine and a button-making station.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

51 Stuart Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-522-3003


Year built: 1858-60; restoration: 1995-96
Architect: F.J. Rastrick and F.P. Rubridge; restoration, McCallum Mokrycke Sather Architects & Taylor Hazell Architects
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5 – Sunday May 6, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to noon - neighbourhood walking tour; Sunday: 1 to 2 p.m. - guided building tour

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Custom House) 51 Stuart Street