Museums Tour of Kingston, Kingston

Kingston is home to a fabulous array of museums, many of which are located along the waterfront. Visit the Great Lakes Museum, Murney Tower, and many other interesting museums. Take this self-guided tour to visit Kingston's most notable museums.
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Museums Tour of Kingston Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour of Kingston
Guide Location: Canada » Kingston (See other walking tours in Kingston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: vickyc
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Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

1) Marine Museum of the Great Lakes (must see)

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes focuses on the shipbuilding industry of the Great Lakes region. It explains how the development of the shipping industry has influenced the history of Kingston. The museum has a variety of exhibits and galleries, as well as a gift shop. One of the main features of the museum is the 3,000-metric-ton icebreaker Alexander Henry. This historic ship serves as a hotel of sorts, as you can stay here a night to experience the life of a sailor. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Pump House Steam Museum

2) Pump House Steam Museum (must see)

The Pump House Steam Museum is located on the waterfront. It educates visitors about the Industrial Revolution as it relates to Kingston. The museum is designed as a Victorian-style water-pumping station from 1849. There are a variety of steam engines and miniature models of these engines on display. Of particular interest is an engine that dates back to 1897. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June until the end of September.
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Museum of Health Care

3) Museum of Health Care

The Museum of Health Care is situated in the Ann Baillie Building, a National Historic Site of Canada and former residence for nursing students at the Kingston General Hospital's School of Nursing. The School of Nursing closed in 1974, after the Ontario provincial government transferred the training of nurses to colleges and universities. In 1995, the Museum of Health Care was relocated to the Ann Baillie Building.

It is the only museum in Canada dedicated to the history of health and health care. It features one of the largest collections of medical and healthcare artefacts in Canada, it is home to a wide-range of artefacts and archival documents and photographs from surgical tools to laboratory instruments documenting how people have preserved health and managed disease, pain, and suffering from the late 18th century to the present day.

The Museum strives to connect visitors with the experience of people in past times and provide context and perspective on contemporary health issues. The Museum serves the general public, practitioners, students, and historians through exhibitions, interpretive programs, and special events throughout the year.

Operation hours: Fall / winter / spring hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 4 pm.

Extended summer hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm.

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Bellevue House

4) Bellevue House (must see)

Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada is located in a residential neighbourhood bordering the Queen's University student housing area in Kingston. Bellevue House was constructed around 1840 by Charles Hales, a wealthy Kingston merchant. Bellevue House in Kingston is notable for the non-symmetrical Italian Villa style of its architecture.

The house has three main floors, but is further divided by seven separate levels. The first floor is notable for the very large drawing room, containing a parlour piano manufactured in London, England in about 1820 and two oil paintings whose subjects are unknown. The first floor of the house also contains the formal dining room and a room that is currently interpreted as a bedroom. Moving down toward the cellar, one can see the large, bright and airy kitchen. The basement contains both a storage area (used for the storage of fruits, vegetables, and preserves) and a laundry room.

On the top floor of the house, several rooms are interpreted. These include a guest room, maid's bedroom, nursery, study, dressing room and master bedroom. On the observation floor of the central tower of Bellevue, characteristic of the Italianate style, one finds a picturesque view of Lake Ontario.

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Canada Corrections Museum

5) Canada Corrections Museum (must see)

The Canada Corrections Museum, formerly the Penitentiary Museum, is located near Kingston Penitentiary. The museum focuses on different aspects of the Canadian correctional system. Visitors are shown the living conditions of prisons from the early 20th century to today. You can also learn about the harsh methods of punishment enacted in Canada in the past. The museum is open May to October and by appointment the rest of the year.

Walking Tours in Kingston, Ontario

Create Your Own Walk in Kingston

Create Your Own Walk in Kingston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kingston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries Tour of Kingston

Art Galleries Tour of Kingston

Kingston is a city with a rich artistic heritage, which is reflected in the city's numerous art galleries. Kingston has the third largest collection of art in the whole state of Ontario. Pieces on display are the work of local and regional artists, and most of the art is contemporary. Take this self-guided tour to visit Kingston's best art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
North Kingston Walk

North Kingston Walk

In the northern part of Kingston, you can visit several tourist attractions. There is a Hockey Museum, a beautiful historic church and a variety of monuments, as well as plenty of shopping opportunities. Take this self-guided tour to explore this fascinating section of Kingston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The historic city of Kingston boasts a variety of fascinating landmarks. You can enjoy the beautiful architecture of City Hall, tour Old Queen's University and visit parks that offer a picturesque view of the sea. Take this orientation walk to visit some of Kingston's most famous attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Religious Walking Tour of Kingston

Religious Walking Tour of Kingston

There are many places of worship in Kingston, including stunning cathedrals and historic churches. In addition to the many Catholic churches, there are also a number of other denominations represented. Take this tour to visit Kingston's most notable religious sites.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Kingston's Barriefield Heritage Village Walk

Kingston's Barriefield Heritage Village Walk

Barriefield is a historic "village" in Kingston. It is connected to Kingston via a bridge across the lake. One of Kingston's greatest historic sites - Fort Henry - can be found in Barriefield. In addition to seeing Fort Henry, you can visit a museum, a church and an antique shop in this fascinating village. This tour will lead you to the most popular attractions in Barriefield.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kingston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kingston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kingston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.