Museum of Health Care
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The story of Canadian health and medicine tells how people have preserved health and managed disease, pain, and suffering. The Museum of Health Care at Kingston strives to connect visitors with the experience of people in past times and provide context and perspective on today's health issues
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Denise F
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Aug. 2022
Small museum attached to the Kingston General Hospital divided into different rooms with different themes relating to health care. Hunting for the little Lego people in the displays kept everyone engaged.
Written September 21, 2022
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kenaleevass
Peterborough, Canada5 contributions
Sep. 2021
We spent 1 1/2 hours at the Museum of Health Care. It was a private tour because of COVID. Claire was an excellent guide who gave us an overview of the Museum and then let us explore it on our own. She stayed nearby to provide us with additional commentary about the museum. I'm a retired nurse so this museum was right up my alley. Claire also told us about the educational programs they are developing for schools. I know my grandson would be very interested!
Written September 25, 2021
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Pamela M
Toronto, Canada165 contributions
Jul. 2021
So... couldn't view the museum due to COVID, BUT - they offer a 2 hour outdoor medical history walking tour of Kingston - $5 for a group of up to 10 people - you can't find better value for your money than that! Next time we are in Kingston we will visit the museum when it is open once again, post COVID.

Highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in medical history. On par with visiting the Ether Dome in Boston.

Victor was our wonderful tour guide, and being that we were running about 10 minutes late (due to overbooking ourselves - we didn't realize the Kingston Pen Tour was 2.5 hours long - thankfully just a 2 minute drive down the road), he was kind enough to take us on the tour anyhow. The benefits of booking a tour that was just for us - they only allow 1 group booking per time slot. (at least for now, during COVID).

Victor was very knowledgable and had an old-fashioned doctor's bag full of laminated pictures and information to be brought out throughout the tour. Great for kids to keep them engaged throughout.

It's a tour around Kingston General Hospital (including the original hospital that is still standing) and the nearby Queen's Medical school. Lots of history dating back to the mid-1800's, including why it all came into existence, with stories on individuals.
Written August 4, 2021
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Susan G
Maryland46 contributions
Aug. 2019
A history of both healthcare in Kingston and healthcare through the ages. One exhibit what nursing programs looked like a hundred years ago. The museum also has a fantastic exhibit on vaccines and infectious diseases. There are also a number of special exhibits, such as healthcare during the Great War.
Written September 9, 2019
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It's true, good things come in small packages! Glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written September 10, 2019
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annpan
maidstone, england531 contributions
Aug. 2019
This museum is so worth a visit, found out about it quite by chance, and I am so glad I went along. It’s so well laid out and the information on hand is amazing. I learnt such a lot, especially in the world war section. If you have an hour or so to spare, go along, you will not be disappointed
Written September 4, 2019
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cooldad5150
Kitchener, Canada7 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
We enjoyed it. Nice walk from our hotel on the edge of Queens University campus, which is beautiful in itself. Good if you have about an hour or so to kill.
Written August 1, 2019
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Hilary Packham
1 contribution
Apr. 2019 • Solo
I’ve been a student at Queen’s for 3 years, and I did not even realize that we had this kind of monument on campus, let alone a National Historic Site. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the artefacts provide a wonderful glimpse into the past 200 years of Canada’s media history, and it was overall a fantastic experience. Already planning on booking a tour of the archives! A must see if you are at all interested in health care or medical professions!
Written April 2, 2019
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dondedieu
Montreal242 contributions
Aug. 2018 • Friends
Lots of interesting items - quite educational. If you have to wait for someone at KGH, walk over - great place to spend the time!
Written August 23, 2018
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lisama2015, LisaM
Kingston, Canada57 contributions
Jun. 2018
I visited the Health Care Museum some years back and certainly want to go again! At the time, I was greatly impressed by the many wonderful artifacts presented and the history of their use. The exhibitions at this museum are well thought out and provide a fascinating glimpse of the past for all age groups.

More recently, I discovered you also can visit this museum's collections online! This is an invaluable resource for many. The staff have done an excellent job scanning materials and presenting the images with good documentation. My personal interest involved a small collection of items formerly belonging to my grandfather, which were given to him by Helen Keller. By donating these items to the museum, many people will have access to seeing them. As a child I was inspired by Helen Keller's ability to write messages on paper using a ruler, as a guide. Today, she would have the advantage of computers. And I have always been inspired by Helen's fight to overcome the isolation of being both deaf and blind, and to reach out to all of us and share her incredible courage in life. Whatever limitations one is born with, she offers each of us hope. The Museum of Health Care allows us to know such history, and to appreciate how far we have come in medical and health care. Understanding the past lends hope to the future of medicine and health care.

Wherever you are in life's journey, you will find this museum interesting! Enjoy.
Written June 24, 2018
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We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with our museum both in person and online! Helen Keller's story is fascinating and just one of the many amazing stories of healthcare history that our artefacts and exhibits illuminate. As you noted, our online collections catalogue is a terrific resource. It includes many of the over 40,000 artefacts in our collection, with new artefacts added all the time. We also have several online exhibits available on our website. Thank you again for visiting us and for your review. We hope to see you again soon!
Written June 25, 2018
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
This was quite an interesting museum, dedicated about medicine and illnesses. What I liked the most is that they explained many diseases such as smallpox, strangling angel of children, the crippler, whooping couch, Spanish flue, cancer and many more and they explained in detail what it does, how to heal the patient and they offer also testimonials.

It is quite a rigorous discipline when someone wants to become a nurse.

They also showed the diseases through the years. That was quite interesting.

The displays were attractive and very informative, and all that for a small donation. It's quite worthwhile if you are interested in medicine. I enjoyed that. Worthwhile to see!
Written August 30, 2017
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