Pump House Steam Museum

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Pump House Steam Museum

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 1850. Only six similar preserved water pumping plants remain in North America.

The museum’s most incredible artefact 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.

Visit the Engineerium, a flexible new exhibition space in the Pump House. This beautiful room, complete with original limestone walls and a great view into the massive steam boilers, is home to special exhibits, and is available for community events.

The Pump House Steam Museum is home to a stunning collection of model trains. An elaborate mutli-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.

The Discovery Centre
Come experience the refurbished Discovery Centre, an interactive space dedicated to children and learning. All new hands-on activities highlighting science, engineering, math and technology will spark the fascination of children and adults alike. For teachers: all activities have been designed with curriculum-based learning connections.


23 Ontario St., Kingston
Fall Hours: Thursday and Friday noon until 4 pm and Saturday 10 am until 5 pm
Admission Charged
(613) 546-4291 x 1666