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

Duty and Glory: A Salute to the 77th Wentworth Regiment

September 23, 2017 – February 17, 2018

Discover the rich history of the 77th  Wentworth Regiment through the lives of the men who trained and fought with the militia. The display will focus on the accomplishments of the Regiment. You will learn about the influence of the 77th on the community of Dundas, and discover what it would have been like to be a member of the Regiment during late 19th century.

What to expect:

Explore a replica military Bell tent, showing an authentic look at the grueling military training as Canadian soldiers prepared for the First World War. On display include militia garb spanning half a century, highlighting the incredible stories of the brave local men who would have worn them. The exhibition will finally give due prominence to the heroic life of Major Albert Edward Kimmins and his ultimately tragic end. Our terrific collection of black and white photographs from the turn of the 20th century will accompany the artifacts.




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



In the Education Centre Gallery

Drawing at the Museum

Works by Holly Ginsler, Carol Kippers, Erie Long, Katherine MacDonald, John Miecznikowski, Diane Milliard, Paula Papky, James Richardson, Rosemary Squire-Graydon, and Dagmar Vrkljan.

This exhibition explores the treasures and challenges of drawing at the Dundas Museum and Archives. In the spring and summer of 2017, students from the Dundas Valley School of Art met each week at the museum to work with artist Katherine MacDonald. Each class featured something unique: exhibitions, pieces from the collection and the opportunity to explore local history through artwork. From depicting the sharpness of a crease or the sheen of silk, to the challenges of light and shadow on faceted crystal, this unique class provided both creative challenges and delight for those with a love of all things Dundas.

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.