Museums Tour of Kingston (Self Guided), 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: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
  • Canada Corrections Museum
  • Bellevue House
  • Museum of Health Care
  • Pump House Steam Museum
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 5 p.m.
Canada Corrections Museum

2) 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.
Bellevue House

3) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Health Care

4) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pump House Steam Museum

5) 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 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 pm.

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.
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 or 1.4 Miles
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: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Kingston Introduction Walking Tour

Kingston Introduction Walking Tour

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 or 3.5 Miles
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 or 3.1 Miles