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Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

55 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7l2Y2, Canada (Sydenham)
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Ranked #17 of 58 attractions in Kingston
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Sailing, City walk sightseeing
Most recent review
- Jul 1, 2014
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

the museum was well organized for a self directed tour. but guided tours would be a nice touch! for someone who wants to learn some history on our great lakes and who ,how ,when ect...good eye opener on the canadian heritage

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This takes you into another world; very interesting and unique museum. Would hate to have missed this. Very scenically located and close to downtown and beautiful Queen's University campus. The waterfront walk from here is lovely too. The museum is well-presented and beautifully described items and displays are interesting for all ages.

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Napanee, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Has a wide variety of maritime history on display. It was a quick tour full of Canadian history. Its right on the waterfront and is a pleasant walk from Kingston downtown. Worth the admission if you have an hour to spend.

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kingston, ontario
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Very historical. Gives insights into history of Kingston. Within walking distance of central Kingston. Worth a visit especially if you are a sailor type

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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Marine Museum is a great stop if you have an interest in the history of marine activity in the Great Lakes , unfortunately I didn't find it all that interesting. I enjoy museums of all kinds but this one was too focussed on the technical aspects of shipping, very little content about the social and political impcat of the... More

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Hanover, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We both have a great interest in all types of museums but a very keen interest in Marine museums and were not disappointed with this one We travelled to Kingston for the specific purpose of visiting her historical past. The museum offered plenty of past and present information as well as a self guided tour of the retired Coast Guard... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We were surprised at the extensive maritime displays, both permanent and temporary, but the huge highlight is being able to board the "Alexander Henry" and go through every part of it including the bridge. The ship, alone, is worth the reasonable admission fee. Initially, it was an afterthought to visit but now we are glad that we did! Definitely a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The museum was fun - and parking is close to downtown and free! My boyfriend said he could come back and spend hours, and I really liked watching the video about the 1970's sinking of the Fitzgerald in the Great Lakes.

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Ottawa ON Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We visited this museum almost by accident when vacationing early Aug of this year. We found the parking is not well marked, neither is the museum. Yes there are signs, but they are small - look for the big red boat and park along side that, in the spots so marked for the marine museum - it is free. This... More

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Kingston, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Visited this summer and saw their excellent display about the 100 year storm. Despite being from Kingston, I didn't know too much about the shipping and shipyards, so was happy to have a lot to learn. Some of the displays are sun-faded, but there is half a day's worth of information and entertainment inside the museum. Cap off your visit... More

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