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Hamilton Region

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Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and celebrate music in The Hammer. With theatres, churches, music schools, pubs, costume shops and a lab that researches the effect of music on the human psyche, Hamilton has it all. Many sites will have music, demonstrations and participant interaction. Join us for Doors Open Hamilton Region — and explore almost 50 sites and four walking tours.

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8 In-person Doors Open sites

Auchmar Manor HouseDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Auchmar Manor House

The Auchmar Estate is considered to be the last surviving country estate on Hamilton Mountain. It was built for the Honourable Isaac Buchanan, a local Scotsman, entrepreneur, politician and civic leader in 19th-century Canada. Visit this Gothic revival manor house and learn about its storied past before strolling the walled and landscaped grounds that surround it. No parking on site.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
http://www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house

Dates/hours open

May 04 - May 05

Dundurn National Historic Site — Dundurn CastleDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Dundurn National Historic Site — Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle is one of the finest examples of high regency-style architecture in the country. Constructed in the 1830s for Sir Allan Napier MacNab (railway magnate, lawyer and politician), the buildings deteriorated under subsequent owners, but were restored in the 1960s to their original splendour. Today, Dundurn Castle tells the story of the MacNabs and the people who served them.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

610 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/dundurn

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: Robert Wetherell

Dates/hours open

May 04 - May 04

Fieldcote Memorial Park & MuseumDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote was built in 1948 as a private home on the outskirts of the former village of Ancaster. Today, as the village expands, it serves as a cultural heritage centre with an emphasis on local history and the promotion of fine arts. The idyllic setting is the perfect venue for music, with beautiful, landscaped gardens and walking trails.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

64 Sulphur Springs Road
Ancaster, Ontario
Email: fieldcote@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/fieldcote

Architecture

Year built: 1948
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

May 04 - May 04

Hamilton Military MuseumDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Hamilton Military Museum

Located on the grounds of Dundurn National Historic Site, this museum preserves and shares the military history of Hamilton and area through exhibits, programs and events. The building, originally constructed as a gate house for Dundurn Castle in the late 1830s, was first known as Battery Lodge, being located on the site of a War of 1812 artillery emplacement.

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

Contact info

610 York Blvd. (at Dundurn National Historic Site)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/militarymuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1835-38
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Military Museum
Architect: Robert Wetherall

Dates/hours open

May 04 - May 04

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic SiteDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site

The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is the site of the original 1859 Hamilton Waterworks. The museum features two 13.7-metre high (45 feet), 70-ton steam-powered pumping engines that supplied the city with clean drinking water from 1859 to 1910. Made in Dundas, these engines are the oldest surviving examples of their kind in North America today.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/steammuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1859
Building type: Historical landmark Museum
Architect: Thomas Coltrin Keefer

Dates/hours open

May 05 - May 05

Hamilton Police Museum (Tisdale House)Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Hamilton Police Museum (Tisdale House)

Tisdale House is the oldest home in Ancaster. In the 1820s, the building was occupied by "Charcoal Burner" John O’Neil and housed two charcoal kilns. Later, the house became an undertaker’s parlour run by George Moore. The house has been fully retrofitted and is now home to the Ancaster Community Policing Centre and the Hamilton Police Museum.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

314 Wilson Street East
Ancaster, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1806
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

May 04 - May 05

Lister Building, TheDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Lister Building, The

The Lister Block features a two-level, L-shaped interior shopping arcade and distinctive terracotta and brick façade. It is one of Hamilton's first multi-purpose commercial office/retail buildings. Built in 1923, it was restored in 2012. Join architect-led tours both days (every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and explore a Tourism Hamilton presentation inside.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Washrooms

Contact info

28-44 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1924; renovated 2009-11
Building type: Commercial
Architect: Bernard Prack; restoration by WDG Architects

Dates/hours open

May 04 - May 05

Whitehern Historic House and GardenDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Whitehern Historic House and Garden

Whitehern Historic House and Garden is a mid-19th-century urban estate owned by the McQuesten family for three generations. It was built in 1848 with a 1930s addition. The home includes original family furnishings from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras in the context of Thomas B. McQuesten’s career in 1939. Today, it is a splendid museum with beautiful gardens.

  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Washrooms

Contact info

41 Jackson Street West (at MacNab Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/whitehern

Architecture

Year built: 1848
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

May 05 - May 05