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Pump House Steam Museum

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23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
+1 613-544-7867
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Interactive museum and Kingston's waterfront

We have visited twice over several years and both experiences were great. Some new features have... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Jane O
Redone and looking good!

This classic waterfront building just had a refresh to its look and is now an even better place to... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
KateJourney
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The Pump House Steam Museum is located in one of Canada's oldest original water works - where steam-powered pumps provided the first running water to Kingston residents from 1851. Only six similar preserved water pumping stations remain in North America. The museum's most incredible artifact is the museum itself - where the original pumps are animated and visitors can discover exactly how they worked. Guided or self-guided tours show how steam power was an essential element of the industrial development of Canada and pumped water played a key role in Kingston's history. Check our website for our latest exhibit on display in the Engineerium, and explore the Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre filled with games, toys and activities for inquiring young minds. The Museum is home to a stunning collection of model railway trains. An elaborate multi-level O scale train can be set in motion by the push of a button, and the HO scale train set from the opening of the iconic CBC children's show 'The Friendly Giant' is on display.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
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Reviewed November 23, 2017

We have visited twice over several years and both experiences were great. Some new features have been added to make it more interactive and to provide excellent learning experiences about Kingston's involvement in the age of steam generation.

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Reviewed October 31, 2017

This classic waterfront building just had a refresh to its look and is now an even better place to experience some of Kingston's rich history.

Thank KateJourney
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

The museum is not giant but it covers the subject of pumping water quite nicely. Loved the miniature train section, the "children activities area" (there is some Lego). Don't miss the dark room and the small scale steam pump (animated by compressed air). In one...More

Thank Emmanuel D
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Just looking at those heavy pumps and you question how in the 1800 could they get them from Toronto to Kingston. The toy train collection and the history about they got to the museum as a gift. Wow . On Sunday free parking on the...More

Thank travellingon60
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Reviewed September 11, 2017

95% of this museum is exactly in the title: It's the old pump house that contains the steam engines that pumped water in to Kingston. The pumps are very impressive and beautifully preserved. Truly some cool machinery ... if only there was some way to...More

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed August 31, 2017

This was quite an interesting museum. It had three parts: The waterworks, the miniature trains and believe it or not. At first we weren't certain if we would like this museum. Once we explored it, it was quite worthwhile. The water works had to expand...More

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

I was expecting to learn more about Pump Houses and Steam engines, but instead saw 2 large constructed, not-active engines with a few diagrams as to how a steam engine works. The majority of the museum seemed to be random tidbits of Kingston's history, presented...More

Thank Deajay Y
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

This s good of you like and understand physics or the industrial revolution. It was part of the Kpass so free to go in. They have 3 model railways that look good but would be better if someone bothered to pick the fallen over trains...More

Thank Trompa1
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Reviewed July 28, 2017

Interesting stop but not woth the $5 admssion. Old induxtrial building with history. Nice train exhibit as well

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Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

Our group decided to visit this museum on our sailing visit to this port. It was a nice walk to get there. The kids enjoyed the trains and various toys they had while the adults enjoyed learning about the history of the pump house. It...More

Thank Slanz
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