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MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

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Address: 2993 Highway 2 E | K7L 5H6, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V1, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 613-542-0543
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Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

In 1967, Sandy MacLachlan created the Woodworking Museum as a Centennial...

In 1967, Sandy MacLachlan created the Woodworking Museum as a Centennial Project. To house the collection, he dismantled an 1855 log house, originally built by the White family in Lanark County, and moved it to Princess Street in Kingston, Ontario. There it operated as a privately-owned museum for over a decade. In the early eighties, it was bought by the former Pittsburgh Township and once again, the log house was moved to its present location at Grass Creek Park. With the amalgamation of the City of Kingston in 1998, the museum became the responsibility of the Culture and Recreation Division in the Corporation of the City of Kingston. The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum holds the most extensive, nationally significant collection of woodworking tools in Canada.

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Nothing wrong with it, but not our thing

Tough review to write. All the workers here were really informative and enthusiastic. The reason I can't give it 5/5 is because it wasn't really our thing. That said, if... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2016
Sarnia, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 27, 2016

Interesting to visit if you happen to be driving along highway 2.Not a whole lot of anything inside. My husband is a woodworker and he didnt find it a must see..sorry.

Thank Ijustluv2travel
Sarnia, Canada
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Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Tough review to write. All the workers here were really informative and enthusiastic. The reason I can't give it 5/5 is because it wasn't really our thing. That said, if you're interested in the history of woodworking, or giving some basic woodworking tools a go, for sure check it out. It's only about $5 a person (cheaper for kids, students,... More 

Thank bobsyouruncle17
Paris, France
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Reviewed July 9, 2016

Small place, activities for kids. Phone before to be sure and book workshop if necessary. An arboretum complète the place where we picnic

Thank labreze
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Reviewed June 14, 2016

The small museum is nicely done. May be really interesting to folks who are interested in tools, local woods and general information. While we were there we saw an exhibit on the Shakers. It was very well done with examples of furnishings and explanation of their lifestyle.i had hoped to see how items were made and was disappointed . The... More 

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Reviewed May 17, 2016

This is a small quaint museum. If you are a wood worker or appreciate woodworking this is a good stop. They even have an area for children to play with wood working tools. Great stop and very knowledgeable staff.

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Reviewed January 27, 2016

This museum is west of Kingston quite a ways so it's not the type of place most visitors will see when the visit the town. It was interesting, though, to visit while I was attending the Sheep Dog Trials. Admission to the museum is included along with your admission to the trials. The museum isn't very big so it won't... More 

Thank JJtraveltheworld
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed October 28, 2015

It was advertised as a working museum but there was nothing working. There were 3 display rooms. We saw the first one. Could not get into the 2nd one because it was full of children sitting on the floor in the midst of some project. Just as we were entering the 3rd room we were asked to leave because there... More 

Thank Wilma C
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Reviewed August 27, 2015

we made the mistake of thinking this would be present and past woodworking techniques, examples and premises...this is actually monsieur maclachlan's personal collection with lots of kid friendly activities mixed in. i did like the turtles and snakes though.

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Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

A short drive from the city centre but a great experience for my 7 year-old who enjoyed the visiting exhibit as well as the hands on activities. Combined with a visit to the nearby Grass Creek Park, it makes for a great day.

Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed July 8, 2015

Not my cup of tea. This is a very low key museum and as it name implies, it is dedicated to things to do with wood working. Beautiful setting. Bring a picnic. Grass creek park is nearby which is a lovely place to swim.

Thank Joanne B

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