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.
Built in 1914 as a private pleasure craft, the Steam Launch Phoebe spent her early years in the Muskoka region, and five years travelling the Rideau Canal before officially retiring in 1984. The Phoebe is located under a timber frame structure built in 2008 by high school students and their teacher. The building internship program was based at QECVI, part of the Limestone District School Board.