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Pump House Steam Museum

23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
+1 613-544-7867
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Walk from the public marina

Our group decided to visit this museum on our sailing visit to this port. It was a nice walk to get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Slanz
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Rochester, New York
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Great fun for the kids

Kids loved the huge train set and the "Believe it or Not" sections. As for the pump house itself... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tinku M
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
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+1 613-544-7867

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids loved the huge train set and the "Believe it or Not" sections. As for the pump house itself, I found it very interesting. There were also lots of kids play activities there. Highly recommend it.

Thank Tinku M
Julie F, Public Relations Manager at Pump House Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so pleased to hear that your children enjoyed their visit. Thanks for the positive feedback.

Reviewed 9 June 2017

This summer they have a super cool "Believe it or Not" exhibit. It's got some great creepy and wild history of Kingston as well as super well done interactive portions like a Jimmy Fallon-esque Box of Lies games. The staff were sweet and I had...More

Thank Rysia A
Julie F, Public Relations Manager at Pump House Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Thanks so much for your positive feedback! We will be sure to share with our staff.

Reviewed 2 January 2017

There are interactive activities to try that were fun. The ship was great to explore, it felt haunted while inside it so much history involved

Thank Sheila O
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a small museum but very historic. Don't know why they merged miniature train stuff to this attraction but in a way, it’s a good thing that they did as there is not too much to see other than two gigantic pumps. The price...More

Thank Pierre D
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The museum is geared towards children but is a nice place to visit if you buy the K Pass. It appears to be much more fun for children as they have plenty to do there.

Thank rushber
Reviewed 23 September 2016

It was fascinating to see this exhibit because it displays a very old pump system which was once used to provide water to Kingston. The capacity of the 1890s technology is surprisingly impressive. This would be a great spot to visit if you or your...More

1  Thank William B
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We made this stop on the trolly tour. It's not very big but I found it interesting none the less. There was an admission charge which I felt would have been to much for what it is. We, however, happened along on a 2 for...More

Thank 102JOE102
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting and funny museum visit. Small museum, but very entertaining with machinery on-site, graphical examples etc. They also have a playroom for Small kids.

Thank Clau B
Reviewed 21 July 2016

small but very interesting and something for everyone - for all ages to enjoy! there is an area exclusively for children which always a win!

1  Thank Samara S
Julie F, Public Relations Manager at Pump House Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2016

Thank you for your feedback! We hope to see you again in Kingston soon.

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