The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is the perfect place for kids (and adults) that are interested in machines and how things work. The momstown Hamilton preschoolers went on a field trip to check it out.
In the Woodshed we looked at a model of the steam engine and Gore Park, Hamilton, as it was in the late 19th Century.
In the Boiler house, our guide showed us what coal looked like. The kids passed around a lump of coal to get a close look. Then she took a very small piece and burned it a bit. The kids had a chance to smell what it was like. It was very "stinky", can you imagine a whole building smelling like that?
We also looked at some toy engines to help us understand how steam makes the engines move. The kids really liked watching the little motors move.
This paper hat was the Oilers only safety equipment. It would protect his head from hot dripping oil and if he heard a crinkling sound he knew that he was too close to the hot pipes and had a second before he got burnt.
Back at the Boiler house, in the Gallery, we checked out The Combine Project. These sculptures are made of parts from a combine harvester. Each one is made to produce various sounds when played.
Thanks again to Julia for the amazing tour and wealth of information. My kids can't wait to come back again!