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Kingston is Canada's museum capital with something for everyone at its 24 museums and historic sites and 3 art galleries. These include two City-owned museums, the Pump House Steam Museum and the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, and national historic site, Kingston City Hall.

Borrow a pass from any branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to visit these sites with your family for free (good for two adults and three children): Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Pump House Steam Museum and the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum


The PumpHouse is located in one of Canada's oldest original water works – where steam-powered pumps provided the first running water to Kingston residents from 1850. Only six similar preserved water pumping plants remain in North America.

The museum's most incredible artifact is the museum itself – where the original pumps are animated and visitors can discover exactly how they worked. Guided or self-guided tours show how steam power was an essential element of the industrial development of Canada and pumped water played a key role in Kingston's history.

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum holds the most extensive, nationally significant collection of woodworking tools in Canada. The Museum is located 16km East of Kingston at the entrance of scenic Grass Creek Park.

City Hall Tours

Take a free guided tour of magnificent Kingston City Hall, built in 1841-43 when Kingston was the first capital of Canada.

Kingston Association of Museums, Galleries & Historic Sites

The Kingston Association of Museums, Galleries, and Historic Sites is a not-for-profit, collaborative group of member institutions from the Kingston region. Visit their website for a complete listing of sites, hours, locations and collection highlights.

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Conductor at the Pumphouse Steam Museum