Museums and Galleries (Self Guided), Hamilton

The city of Hamilton has very interesting and valuable museums and galleries, providing really beautiful and exceptional pieces of art. They illustrate the culture and the history of the city as well as contemporary tendencies. This self-guided tour is a helpful source for discovering these worthy places.
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Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: Canada » Hamilton (See other walking tours in Hamilton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery
  • Whitehern Museum
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Woodpecker Handicraft Gallery
  • Gallery on the Bay
  • Workers Art Gallery
  • You Me Gallery
  • HMCS Haida
The Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery

1) The Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery

The Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery specializes in Inuit art and Canadian landscape paintings. It was established by Marvin and Lorraine Cohen. Born and raised in Hamilton, the Cohens moved to Baffin Island in the 1970s when Marvin accepted a teaching position in Frobisher Bay. The couple spent five years with the Inuit community there and fell in love with both the people and their art. They returned to Hamilton in the 1980s and opened a gallery in 1983 to showcase the Inuit sculpture they had discovered during their time in Canada's north.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Whitehern Museum

2) Whitehern Museum (must see)

Whitehern Historic House and Garden was built shortly before 1850, is a Late Classical house that is now a historic house museum. At one time, Whitehern was the home of Thomas McQuesten. His historic downtown family home was willed to the City of Hamilton, after the death of the last of his five unmarried siblings in 1968. After the restoration of the house was complete in 1971, Whitehern has been open as a civic museum and has occasionally served as a period film location. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1962. An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected by the province to commemorate Whitehern's role in Ontario's heritage.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Art Gallery of Hamilton

3) Art Gallery of Hamilton (must see)

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is one of the most important cultural venues in the city, being the third largest gallery in Ontario and having one of the finest art collections in the country. It was established in 1914 and has since attracted visitors thanks to its heritage of about 9000 works, illustrating the history of Canada and Europe. Artist William Blair Bruce and his family donated 29 of his pieces of art to the city in 1914, which are displayed today in the gallery. Very popular are the exhibitions of contemporary art, which are changed three times a year. The working hours of the gallery are Wednesday, Friday: 11 am – 6 pm; Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm.
Woodpecker Handicraft Gallery

4) Woodpecker Handicraft Gallery

Woodpecker Handicraft Gallery appeared in the city as a result of a big passion for art and beauty. Its president, Saji Kollanthara, channelled his efforts into bringing and exposing the best arts and crafts created by artists from around the world; in addition, he also provides space for local artisans.
Gallery on the Bay

5) Gallery on the Bay

The best place to admire the most interesting and beautiful contemporary Canadian art from all over the country is definitely Gallery on the Bay. It was opened in 1995 and brings together the best local and regional paintings; it is home to many artists and even musicians and writers, as it also organizes theme evenings with music and literary events. The gallery is open Thursdays through Saturdays, between 12-5 pm and Sundays, between 12-4 pm.
Workers Art Gallery

6) Workers Art Gallery

The purpose of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre is to preserve and bring honour to the activity, culture and history of the working people, to whom we are grateful for having a prosperous country. The tribute to the labourers is communicated through exhibitions, performances and art. The opening of the centre took place in 1996, having been housed in a magnificent establishment built in 1860 and known as The Custom House.
You Me Gallery

7) You Me Gallery

You Me Gallery has as its purpose to awaken the spirit of the community in its appreciation of the beauty of arts and to take part in the city's cultural manifestation. It provides space for local artists and Japanese Canadian artists and organizes art projects, exhibitions and meetings. The gallery is accessible Wednesday to Sunday, between 12 and 5 p.m.
HMCS Haida

8) HMCS Haida (must see)

HMCS Haida (G63) is a Tribal-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) from 1943-1963. Haida sank more enemy surface tonnage than any other Canadian warship. She is also the only surviving Tribal-class destroyer out of 27 vessels that were constructed between 1937-1945 for the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and the RCN.

In 2002, at the urging of Hamilton, Ontario MP Sheila Copps, Parks Canada purchased the Haida from the provincial government and towed her (with great difficulty) from her Ontario Place dock to a shipyard at Port Weller for a $5 million refit to her hull. She was taken to a new home on the Hamilton waterfront and arrived to an 11-Gun Salute from 31 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Lion and her 12 pounder Naval Field Gun on 30 August 2003, the 60th anniversary of her commissioning into the RCN. She now serves as a museum ship on the waterfront of Hamilton and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles