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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
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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Amazing and Rare Industrial Wonder

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 10, 2016
Elizabeth B
Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
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Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 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 August 17, 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 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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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 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.

Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 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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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 

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