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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

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Address: 900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2, Canada
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+1 905-546-4797
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12:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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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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Interesting place to visit. Guide explains how steam was used to provide water to Hamilton years ago.

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Marilyn048
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Moncton
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Moncton
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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23 reviews
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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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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Jean V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Hi people! Our trip to Steam&Technology museum wasn't planed , we just pool over by the way to another attraction in Hamilton. It was just amazing! The tour girl was just so cool and knowing well her job. She explained lots of interesting facts about all thous steam technologies, shows us how the engine works. It was just our family... More 

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Glenties, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

If you're one who likes or doesn't like history, this is still really cool to go to. It's a great place to go with friends, family, and children. Its price for entry is a bit higher but still low enough that you will not regret it.

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Thank celenaho
Debra S, Manager at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to review our museum. You mentioned the cost and I wanted to point out that if you are a City of Hamilton resident you can sign out a "Library Museum Pass" from the library just like a book and this pass gets you and a family in for free! More 

British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

This is a very interesting museum to visit - largely because of the enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide that showed us around. He made the history of the era come alive in a very engaging way.

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1 Thank Diana M
Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

My son is really into trains and loved his time here. Would recommend for the history buff, a family adventure or for anyone interested in trains!

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Thank bigshine92
Debra S, Manager at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, responded to this review

Thank you bigshine92 for taking the time to write a review. The Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers are an independent organization who run the free train rides on our premises and a valued partner. I too would recommend that anyone - regardless of age - come out for a ride and see our magnificent stationary steam engines housed in our 150... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

The Steam Museum is an unusual place to visit, not only does it display a magnificent well preserved building but also preserves the first water pump used by the City of Hamilton to supply fresh water to the people of Hamilton. The pump was operated by steam (today an electric motor shows how it worked) and with all steam engines... More 

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Debra S, Manager at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, responded to this review

Thanks zilerog for the review I could not have written a better one myself! More 

Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

What a great historic site we have so close to home. This was such an informative engaging experience. I learned a lot about hamiltons history on this tour. The woman who lead our tour was just amazing, we could tell that she is passionate and loves her job, it was reflected on our tour. She made our day with her... More 

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Thank 798111
Debra S, Manager at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, responded to this review

Thank you 798111 for taking the time to write a review about the museum. We are all passionate about our job and the story we tell. The best part is, when you come back with friends or family, the tour will be a little different. Each of my amazing Interpreters have their own unique way of relating the history of... More 

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