Museums and Galleries of Hamilton, Hamilton (Self Guided)

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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Guide Name: Museums and Galleries of Hamilton
Guide Location: Canada » Hamilton (See other walking tours in Hamilton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.8 km
Author: Linda
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.

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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.

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Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum

3) Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (must see)

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit corporation, that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is an open to the public institution. It includes displays about the Canadian Football League, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history. It includes a gift shop and the Hall recently opened a website.

The main feature of the Hall is the central portion of the museum where inducted members, each with a metal bust depicting their head, are displayed. There are also featured displays that highlight each Canadian Football League team's history, and an interactive field goal kicking exhibit.

The Canadian Hall of Fame officially opened on November 28, 1972. It is easily identified by the slightly-larger-than-life metal sculpture Touchdown, featuring a successful receiver being tackled. Currently, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame has honoured over two hundred inductees: sixty-two in the Builders category and one hundred and forty-seven players. Charter membership to the Hall began on June 19, 1963. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is open on Wednesdays 4 pm- 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am- 12 pm. Admission is seven dollars for adults.

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Art Gallery of Hamilton

4) 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.
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.
HMCS Haida

7) 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.

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Walking Tours in Hamilton, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Hamilton

Create Your Own Walk in Hamilton

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hamilton is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Religious Tour of Hamilton

Religious Tour of Hamilton

Religious life in Hamilton is channelled into many congregations, which are spreading different religions and providing space for worship for everybody. Take this tour and discover the oldest and most attractive churches with very impressive architecture and rich history.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Westdale Tour in Hamilton

Westdale Tour in Hamilton

Westdale Village is a neighbourhood in Hamilton, bustling with specialty shops and interesting places. Locals and visitors are delighted by the plethora of boutiques, bakeries, pubs and stores with unique items. Be ready to devote some of your time to visiting the worthwhile places in Westdale, presented in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Hamilton, a port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario in Canada, is dominated by the Niagara Escarpment, a massive, forested ridge commonly referred to as "the mountain". Aside from this, there are other, man-made, attractions in the city, including HMCS Haida, a naval warship moored at the city's lakefront, and the Hamilton Military Museum, showcasing Canada's military...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Art Galleries Tour of Hamilton

Art Galleries Tour of Hamilton

The richness of the cultural life and the large number of art galleries and talented artists in Hamilton can attract and delight both locals and tourists. There are many venues where one can see interesting exhibitions and presentations. Take this guide to experience those worth seeing.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hamilton for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hamilton has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hamilton, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.