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.)


Feature Gallery

Growing Up in Dundas: A History of Childhood – EXTENDED DATE

October 19, 2018 – January 27, 2018

The experience of childhood, and even the concept of childhood itself, has changed dramatically through history. Yet the memory of our brief time spent growing up
is something we all share. From hikes to the Dundas Peak, to playing at the Driving Park, Dundas has always been a wonderful place to spend one’s youth.
Growing Up in Dundas will explore what childhood has been like in the Valley City for the past two hundred years. From the settler children who worked with their parents to clear the wilderness, to the kids of the fifties who dreamt of the toys and bicycles in the window of Jack N. Pinder’s hobby store, the memories of generations of Dundasians will be on display.

The exhibit will touch on every aspect of child life, with a look at the nursery, medicine, schooldays, fun and games, and even children at work. A vast number of artifacts from our vault will be brought out on display, including boys and girls period clothing, a school truancy book from the late 19th century, a scrapbook of paper dolls, a Victorian rocking horse owned by Sir William Osler, an antique doll house, an early cradle, as well as dolls, trains, and toys galore!

Share your stories of growing up in Dundas to be included in this feature exhibition! 




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



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.