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Pump House Steam Museum

The PumpHouse 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.

The Exhibition Hall 
Visit the Exhibition Hall, a flexible exhibition space in the PumpHouse. 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. This year the hall features the exhibit Leonardo da Vinci: Relentless Curiosity

The PumpHouse 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.

Leonardo da Vinci: Relentless Curiosity Exhibit

Leonardo da Vinci: Relentless Curiosity, an exhibition exploring Leonardo’s lesser-known side as a Renaissance engineer, connecting his inventions with modern technology 500 years later.

The show focuses on the science, engineering and technology side of Leonardo’s work, but with a clear acknowledgement that his observations, imagination, inventions, and designs are the product of a free-range mind that wandered across all the disciplines of the arts, sciences, engineering, and humanities – he knew that art was a science and science was an art.

23 Ontario St., Kingston
Thursday & Friday: noon - 5 pm & Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Admission Charged
  • Kingston
  • The Great Waterway
  • Tourism Kingston