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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

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Address: 900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 905-546-4797
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Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial...

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.

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Great visit on Thomas Keefer's birthday

We had a great afternoon celebrating Thomas Keefer's birthday with cake and a free tour. Our guide Phillip was amazing. He had my 4 year daughter engaged and interested in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
ThatHippieMom
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great afternoon celebrating Thomas Keefer's birthday with cake and a free tour. Our guide Phillip was amazing. He had my 4 year daughter engaged and interested in everything. We will definitely be recommending other people visit and we will likely be returning as well.

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Thank ThatHippieMom
Peterborough, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Fabulous museum find in Hamilton! An interesting story two 70-ton steam engines. The guide Phillip was enthusiastic and made history come alive for us all. This is a rare and amazing find!

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Thank Hedgren
Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

My husband and I visited this museum recently on a whim and did not really know what to expect. We chose to have a tour instead of going through ourselves. I very much recommend the tour-- the museum does not have much in the way of exhibits or signage so it would be almost impossible to interpret without a guide.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Interesting both inside and out, architecture Was nice to walk around and take in everything An easy drive from the city too

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Thank mytejomouse
Alberta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I enjoyed the tour but my wife and daughter were not impressed. I'm technology minded and loved the 1900 era steam powered pumps and the beauty of brass and mechanisms. The best part was when they operated the steam pump via electric motor and you could see the flywheel, pumps, valves, cams and levers moving. The tour guide was extremely... More 

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Thank Eugene B
Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Went during Doors Open Hamilton and wondered around. Took a steam mini train ride around the museum and it was fun. A bit far but worth a few visits.

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Thank Mira_que_Bella
Moncton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Interesting place to visit. Guide explains how steam was used to provide water to Hamilton years ago.

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Thank Marilyn048
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I was lucky to get there when there were no other visitors. Got a guide to show me around. It's not a big museum and visiting without a guide would be kind of boring. What brings it all to life is the guide's description of the machinery, process and the few anecdotes thrown in were very cool. Very clean, well... More 

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Thank Michel R
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

This site was different and we didn't know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed the demonstration and seeing the wheel and gears and pumps work. It was interesting to be taken on a guided tour and I would recommend this to people interested in the progression of technologies over time.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Loved the buildings, loved the stories of Hamiltons early years, loved our tour guides, and especially loved the fact that we were able to see the steam pumps actually working. At the end of the tour they took us to a room and let the kids play on a working model. Absolutely loved this museum.

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