Current Exhibitions

On-going in the First Gallery

First Gallery Natural History

Natural History and First Nations

Featured in our First Gallery is the ever popular kids zone, an interactive room featuring all you need to know on pre-European Dundas. The gallery features a climbing wall shaped into the Dundas Peak with a mural looking down into the town. Kids can go wild touching and exploring our habitat drawers and discovering some of the the creatures they share the valley with!



Across the room the gallery features a scaled cross section of a First First Gallery LonghouseNations Longhouse, a dwelling that the Neutrals, the first people in the valley, might have lived in. Visitors can sit and read about how the Neutrals lived, or explore the many ways our cultures were similar, and how they differed. On display in the gallery is also a portion of the Museum’s First Nations collection, including pottery from the Late Iroquoian Period (900-1650 A.D.) and projectile points from the Late Paleo-Indian Period (8,000 B.C.)

On-going in the Permanent Gallery

Cradled in the Valley: The Stories of Dundas

Discover the stories of Dundas through the years. Imagine the valley at the time of the First Nations’ settlement. Find inspiration in the spirit of the Morden family who were the first European settlers in the area. Follow the industrial rise and fall of Dundas and see what the Desjardins Canal would have looked like. Learn what life would have been like for children and adults in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cradled in the Valley celebrates the town of Dundas and its citizens.

Main Gallery

Feature Gallery

Patriarch Robert Whale began his illustrious career as a portrait painter and copyist in his native Southern England. At the age of forty-seven, Whale emigrated with his large family to Burford, near Brantford. Due to low demand for commissioned works in his new home,Whale began to paint landscapes to enter the fall fairs. He won substantial sums of money in these local fairs,and eventually became well known for his landscapes of Dundas, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, and the surrounding areas.

Today, all Robert Whale’s known works are housed in various museums.Two of his sons, John and Robert, as well as his nephew John Hicks Whale, later achieved their own artistic fame . The family eventually amassed a large collection throughout their lives. We are enthusiastic to present a selection of these works in our upcoming feature exhibition!

The exhibition will be on display from June 24 to September 2, 2017.




The Dundas Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledges the City of Hamilton City Enrichment Fund for its support of our Exhibition Program.






Education Centre Gallery

This will be the fourth annual showing of “Plein Air”
works by the Monday Painters. All pieces in the show
were painted on location and most are local scenes.
The Monday Painters began about fifteen years ago
when a group of eager students at the DVSA decided to
meet and paint together outside of their classes. Ov er
the years many other local artists heard about this
gathering and asked to be included.
The artists come from many local communities and
there is a range of talent from professional to
beginner, painting in pastels, watercolours, acrylics and
oils. The only requirement is a passion for the joy of
painting outdoors and a desire to paint in the
company of other like minded artists.




The exhibition will be on display from June 24 to August 5, 2017.

NEW!  Travelling Exhibit

A War Without End

What happened when three young men left their homes to serve their country? The travelling exhibition A War Without End shares the Great War experiences of three Dundas boys. Their compelling stories have a local connection and prompt conversations about service, sacrifice, community, and family.

Each soldier’s story is told through an introductory panel, a life-size photographic reproduction of the soldier, and two retractable banners containing text and images of archival documents, photographs and artifacts from the Museum’s collection. They are portable and easy to set up.

The exhibit is available free of charge and can be borrowed individually or together. Perfect for schools, retirement homes, community centres, libraries, or other public spaces.

Contact the Museum at 905.627.7412 or email Sandra for more information.

James Knowles Bertram

Leonard Halliday Bertram

Charles Mitson




The Dundas Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledges the City of Hamilton City Enrichment Fund for its support of our Archives Community Outreach Program.