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Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

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Address: 55 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7l2Y2, Canada
Phone Number: 613-542-2261
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Former ship warf turned into a small museum

Since the French built the first sailing vessel on the Great lakes in the 17th century , Kingston has had a history of shipbuilding. On the site of the museum used to be a ship... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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English first
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287 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Since the French built the first sailing vessel on the Great lakes in the 17th century , Kingston has had a history of shipbuilding. On the site of the museum used to be a ship warf, and the buildings were turned into a museum that gives an insight on the history of sail and steam. There are ship models, engines,... More 

Thank TravelcrazyAntwerp
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31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This waterfront museum is a hidden jem in Kingston. With friends visiting and really no where else open, we went in and WOW. The galleries are interactive and encourage visitors to please touch! Beautiful art on the poster story of a trip down the great lakes and out to the ocean. I wasn't around for 1959 opening of the St.... More 

Thank Raykidz
Kingston, Canada
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a Sunday afternoon and just not sure what to do with 4 grandchildren and this museum came to mind. Going there I thought the main attraction for the kids would be touring the boat - and that was great, especially the freedom to explore everywhere and being able to touch everything. But the surprise of the day was... More 

Thank Judy B
Waterloo, Canada
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53 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is an excellent museum. Our family of three thoroughly enjoyed it, including our 7 year old son. The main building is interesting as it is, but being able to tour the museum ship Alexander Henry just made our visit that much better. In the main building there are many different areas of interest and several hands on displays to... More 

Thank ESmith583
Victoria, Canada
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102 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Definitely a museum worth visiting The building is part of the nautical tradition of Kingston and the exhibits reflect the strong connection with the Great Lakes and beyond The icebreaker vessel Alexander Henry is part of the museum and a unique exhibit in its own right

Thank JCDown
Manila, Philippines
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14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

It houses collection of exhibits relating to shipping on the Great Lakes, e.g. Ship building, Eco-gallery, marine archaelogy

Thank mango072
Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I took a chance on this marine museum just to see something different from the usual heritage homes, pioneer villages and military exhibits. I am glad I did. The exhibits are well done and covers quite a lot on the town's marine history from sailboats to super tankers to shipwrecks to ship engineering. The highlight of the museum is the... More 

Thank Roadster8
Mississauga, Canada
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40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Wish we had more time to spend here (we arrived with only 90 minutes left before they closed -- like many attractions in the Kingston area, this museum closes at 5pm -- not sure why they all close so early...) . Regardless, a nice museum. The icebreaker on display was fun to explore -- it was nice that you could... More 

Thank Brian L
Halifax, Canada
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I'm from Halifax, new to Kingston, and this reminded me of home! It was affordable and interesting. I really enjoyed the boat- it's way bigger than it looks from the outside, there was room after room after room to explore. I liked the pump house as well. This is definitely worth a stop.

Thank Lindsay D
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58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

There's something for everyone here, even very young children, as there are a number of hands-on areas in the museum. The highlights were exploring the old Coast Guard ship, and the Shipwreck gallery. Allow about 2 hours to see everything.

Thank Mrsbartholomew

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