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

Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government (1820 – 1850)

Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government explores one of the most exciting, violent, and chaotic eras in Canadian history – from a uniquely Dundas perspective. From 1820 to 1850 there were those who wanted a greater voice in government and those who were content with the status quo. A more representative government would appear in 1848, creating the foundation for the democratic system Canadians enjoy today.

In this exhibit, we trace the reform sentiments of early Dundasians, examine the attack on George Rolph as a political act, and see how William Notman insulted Allan MacNab. Robert Baldwin visited Dundas in 1846 prior to the  election which would see him form the Great Ministry with Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine. His speech at the Boggis Hotel, standing in front of the Durham Banner, represents a high point for Dundas reformers. Baldwin and LaFontaine would be victorious in 1848 and set the course for the beginning of representative government in Canada.

The themes in this exhibit are national and international in scope and cannot be examined without context. Yet we always return to Dundas. You won’t want to miss this exciting trip through a truly remarkable time in our history.

Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible   Government will be on exhibition from March 18 to June 3, 2017.

The Feature Gallery hosts rotating exhibitions throughout the year mounted from the Museum’s own collections, travelling exhibitions, and items on loan from the community.




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






Education Centre Gallery

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.