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Best things to do in Grand River

Art Gallery
“Welcome to the Art Gallery of Hamilton! Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest art museum in Southern Ontario with a permanent collection that is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. Embracing Canadian historical, international and contemporary art, the collection consists of more than 10,000 works. You can see superb pieces by Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, James Tissot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Doré, Norval Morrisseau, Keith Haring, Edward Burtynsky, Kim Adams, or Tyler Tekatch, to name a few. Whether you’re looking for a specific artist or spending time in one of our galleries, you’re sure to find works that inspire, intrigue, challenge and engage you.”
32 locals recommend
History Museum
“Take the tour inside and see early 'luxury living' as well as the servants kitchen and where soldiers camped in battle - surprisingly entertaining! Don't want to go inside? The grounds are great for strolling through as well as lovely views - especially if you keep walking out to the bridge and even further along you'll find the Royal Botanical Gardens”
21 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an art gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario”
25 locals recommend
Museum
“TheMuseum in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada opened to the public in September 2003 following eight years of planning and fundraising. TheMuseum, as it was renamed in 2010, offers a range of permanent interactive exhibits and rotating temporary exhibits designed for all ages to touch and enjoy. ”
18 locals recommend
Café
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“great coffee an treats. When the weather is warm, their patio lets you bask in the warm south sun.”
20 locals recommend
Museum
“I don't have a huge interest in war or airplanes but even with a passing interest there's lots to see and do in this airplane hangar - climb into cockpits, take amazing pics, learn about the past and virtually fly a bomber under the skybridge :-)”
10 locals recommend
History Museum
“Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab. ”
14 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario with two indoor museum galleries and a 60 acre living history exhibit called Doon Heritage Village. Our main museum gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Visit our feature gallery page to see what is on exhibit now at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.”
13 locals recommend
Store
“Celebrating 25 years and hosting about 20,000 people per year, the Clay and Glass Gallery features works of clay, glass, ceramic and enameled pieces from artists around the world. The best in budget friendly, admittance is free (if you can get out without buying something in the shops!) www.theclayandglass.ca/”
10 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A beautiful collection of butterflies that you get to mingle with in their indoor gardens.”
10 locals recommend
Store
“This historic building located in the town of Alton was once a thriving mill that supported a number of communities. It has been lovingly restored and is now an Arts Centre with galleries and artist's studios waiting to be explored”
10 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Built in 1816, Schneider Haus is the oldest dwelling in Kitchener. Costumed re-enactors portray life as it was in 1856 with around 7,000 historical household items. Open year round except for a couple of weeks around Christmas, this is a family and budget friendly (max admission fee is $6 for an adult) excursion. www.schneiderhaus.ca”
8 locals recommend
Museum
“Canada’s proud history of wartime naval service is vividly on display aboard legendary HMCS Haida, a Tribal class destroyer that served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. Distinguishing herself in several historic battles, the Royal Canadian Navy’s most famous ship now proudly rests in Hamilton. Explore its historic decks and imagine yourself as a crew member of the destroyer dubbed ‘Canada’s most fightingest ship’. ”
9 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A beautiful gallery within a 2 minute walk. It houses Canada’s largest collection of Canadian ceramics as well as contemporary and classic art.”
5 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Venue for performances, art studios, exhibitions & classes, plus a ground-floor eatery.”
9 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Discover one of the finest examples of an intact historic home in Canada during a guided tour with a costumed interpreter. Three generations of the McQuesten family lived at Whitehern from 1852 until 1968. Among the last generation were six children who never married. In 1959, the three surviving members of the family bequeathed the home to the City with all its original contents. Whitehern contains elements from many time periods – Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian – dating up to 1939 when the Honourable Thomas McQuesten was Minister of Highways. Explore the heritage of Victorian ideas and possessions that influenced life at Whitehern on the eve of World War II. ”
6 locals recommend