If warplanes and fighter aircraft interest you then head straight to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. This museum houses aircraft models that were actually used during World War II. It is home to several propeller-powered aircraft, helicopters and military jets. Several of the aircraft on display are in an operational condition. Avro Lancaster is a part of the museum's air shows. The Lancaster is one of the few functional Lancasters on the planet.
Established in 1962, the Battlefield House is an esteemed living history museum. It's located on the site where the Battle of Stoney Creek was fought during the War of 1812, preserving the culture and heritage of the neighboring area. The Battlefield House is open to visitors who are invited to take informative guided tours when they come. A can't-miss cultural attraction, it also puts on events dedicated to educating and entertaining its guests.
Established in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is a famous public gallery in the city and one of the oldest in Canada. The gallery was renovated in 2005, replete with a spacious pavilion and modern exhibition spaces. Boasting of a collection that amounts to 9000 objects, it focuses on European and Canadian art. The gallery calendar is always full with interesting events like temporary exhibitions, art classes, workshops and art festivals. The efforts are directed towards giving the common man a unique art experience. A visit to this space gets you acquainted with the exquisite world of fine art and contemporary art.
FirstOntario Centre, formerly known as Copps Coliseum, is a sought-after event venue in North America. It is a multifaceted entertainment arena that hosts a variety of happenings ranging from massive sporting events to intimate artistic spectacles. The facilities at FirstOntario Centre are excellent, creating a great backdrop for such high profile goings on as American Idol performances and Britney Spears concerts. Check the events schedule when in Hamilton for the chance to see some first-rate entertainment.
An address that's more than 150 years old, the Locke Street South hosted horse races during the early 18th century. Today, this historic address beckons those seeking retail bliss. Come here with plenty of time on hand as the street has a lot to offer in the form of eclectic shops, health and wellness services, specialty stores and diverse eateries to satiate your tastebuds. Apart for shopping, the place is bustling with travelers and locals during cultural events and markets.
Before it was a popular Hamilton tourist attraction, Whitehern was home to Ontario politician Thomas McQuesten. The late-Classical structure was built around 1850 and named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1962 for its displays of Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian era artifacts. Whitehern is open to the public, and guided tours of the property are conducted regularly. For an outing that as historical as it is charming, come check it out.
Absinthe Hamilton is the go-to place for catching concerts while in Hamilton. Treat yourself to delicious food and sip your favorite drink while at this concert venue and add to your overall experience. From top DJs to talented musicians and bands, who's who of the local music circuit play at this exciting venue on a regular basis. Catching concerts of up and coming artists at Absinthe Hamilton is a experience that should not be missed. Fun parties are hosted at this venue on a regular basis drawing a decent crowd of youth from across the city.
The HAVN is an artists' collective that doubles up as a collaborative work space and art gallery. The collective is made up of artists that come from diverse backgrounds and favor varied art genres, together creating exhibitions that are excitingly experimental and refreshingly different. The art exhibitions hosted at HAVN feature multi-modal artwork ranging from fine art and photography, to multimedia displays,performances pieces and interactive installations that draw spectators into the mind of the artist. Apart from hosting art exhibitions, the HAVN also serves as a creative work space and studio for members of the collective.
Run by Sonic Unyon Records, Mills Hardware is an intimate space for concerts, exhibitions, dance and theater. It also has four basement rooms for rehearsals. The exposed brick walls and high ceilings give it an industrial look. Equipped with good acoustics and lighting, it also has a fully equipped bar.