Canada 150 Open House

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Hamil­ton Civic Mu­se­ums are of­fer­ing free ad­mis­sion to vis­i­tors on Satur­day May 6 and Sun­day May 7 from 12 to 4 p.m. as part of Hamil­ton’s Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions.

The mu­se­ums, owned and op­er­ated by the City of Hamil­ton, in­clude Bat­tle­field House Mu­seum & Park, the Hamil­ton Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, Dun­durn Na­tional His­toric Site, Field­cote Memo­rial Park & Mu­seum, the Hamil­ton Mu­seum of Steam & Tech­nol­ogy, The Hamil­ton Mil­i­tary Mu­seum and White­hern His­toric House & Gar­den. Vis­i­tors are also in­vited to visit the Auch­mar Es­tate at Fen­nel and West 5th, and the An­caster Old Town Hall. Bat­tle­field House Mu­seum & Park is chal­leng­ing vis­i­tors to climb to the ob­ser­va­tion deck of the Bat­tle­field Mon­u­ment. The first 150 reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will be given an of­fi­cial “Canada 150” logo pin to mark their achieve­ment. This ac­tiv­ity may help you meet your “Par­ticipACTION 150” goals. Regis­tra­tion be­gins at 11:30 a.m. on both May 6 and 7 at the Park. The Hamil­ton Chil­dren’s Mu­seum is fea­tur­ing in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, The Sum­mers Theatre Stage, Build­ing Gallery and a Ship Gallery with above and be­low

deck ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a gal­ley kitchen, cargo boom and a mu­si­cal ship whis­tle!

In ad­di­tion to tours of the Cas­tle and Kitchen Gar­den, Dun­durn Na­tional His­toric

Site is open­ing “Our Hamil­ton: Through Their Eyes”, an ex­hibit about Hamil­ton dur­ing the First World War. Fol­low the course of Hamil­ton’s in­volve­ment from the ini­tial ‘call to arms’ to the post­war pe­riod through trea­sures from The Hamil­ton Mil­i­tary Mu­seum col­lec­tions in­clud­ing di­aries, let­ters, photos and per­sonal items owned by Hamil­to­ni­ans.

At Field­cote Memo­rial Park &

Mu­seum, join the Farmer fam­ily as they jour­ney through 150 years of life in An­caster. Ex­plore how their world changed be­tween the years 1867 and 2017, and dis­cover key points in our Na­tional his­tory.

To honour Canada’s Sesqui­cen­ten­nial, the ‘Field­cote Quil­ters’ are cre­at­ing a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive quilt. Mem­bers of the community are in­vited to sub­mit quilt blocks based on the theme: “What Canada Means to Me” at An­caster Old Town Hall on Satur­day May 6.

The doors are open wide at the Hamil­ton Mu­seum of Steam & Tech­nol­ogy with a new Sim­ple Ma­chines ac­tiv­ity area in the 1913 Elec­tric Pump House. On Sun­day, May 7, The Golden Horse­shoe Live Steam­ers will be run­ning minia­ture trains on the rail­way on site. White­hern His­toric House &

Gar­den, home of the McQuesten fam­ily, is of­fer­ing vis­i­tors a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the stone man­sion at their own pace with over 10,000 ob­jects from one of Canada’s best in­tact col­lec­tions on view.

Auch­mar Es­tate was once the home of the Buchanan fam­ily and was later in­hab­ited by the Hun­gar­ian Sis­ters of So­cial Ser­vices. Vis­i­tors are in­vited to dis­cover the many changes to this grand moun­tain es­tate. For more in­for­ma­tion about Canada 150 Open House and the many other City of Hamil­ton events visit www. hamil­­se­ums.

Dun­durn Na­tional His­toric Site is open­ing “Our Hamil­ton: Through Their Eyes”, an ex­hibit about Hamil­ton dur­ing the First World War.

Visit Grif­fin House, a pre­served early 19th cen­tury home, set on a hill­top over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Dundas Val­ley.

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