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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
Ranked #30 of 179 things to do in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution. Housed in a 150-year-old Waterworks, this National Historic Site preserves two 45-foot high, 70-ton steam engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines. The historic Hamilton Waterworks is a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark. The museum offers guided tours, various permanent and changing exhibits and features special events for the whole family, including Live Steamer Days from May through October.
Reviewed 9 August 2014

beautiful architecture..hand-chiseled stone walls, some 3-feet thick... 1 km from the water...it is great to see how older technology still works!
Our tour guide Katherine was very efficient, friendly and pleasant, as were Nancy, Laura and the gentleman on the grounds.

2  Thank B E
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Our family visited the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology this weekend and we had a great time. The museum provides a great history lesson into how steam power helped to provide water to the city. The tour operator was very knowledgeable. The building itself is impressive and the fact that the pump still works (electric power now) really excited our kids. Overall it is a small facility and you will probably only spend 1-2 hours here but it is time well spent. We brought a picnic lunch and ate at the tables in the wood shed area.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I have lived in Hamilton all my life and was always curious about the steam museum, today we went in. It was fantastic! Our tour group consisted of ages ranging from 6 to well over 50. I was impressed with the science based play areas for the children before the tour began. The tour director was well informed and presented the technology well, which made it interesting to everybody. The kids asked intelligent and appropriate questions and seemed fascinated by all they saw. I was amazed that the machinery from pre 1900 was still moveable to show how everything functioned. It was relevant and informative. I was also pleasantly surprised that the gift shop offered plenty of science based toys and souvenirs that were reasonably priced. It took me 40 years to get there, I am telling everybody about it now.

2  Thank lilfish5626
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is a small museum. The biggest attraction is the 45-foot steam engine that pumped water for the city of Hamilton for over a hundred years. They run the engine for the visitors to see. Now they use an electric motor to run the engine just for the show; it does not produce any steam or pump water. It is very neat to see the giant engine moving and you can climb to the top and observe it. The best time to visit would be in the summer when they have steam engine enthusiasts run their scaled down steam engines and they also have the rides on the small tracks and engines for the visitors. You would have to check their website for the dates of the events. Worth spending couple of hours.

3  Thank Rod670
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

I have lived in Hamilton most of my life and thought this was a steam train museum -- wrong!!!! the first of its kind public waterworks museum! great staff - fun tour - makes for a wonderful Heritage Fair project topic!

3  Thank Gee W
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