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Address: 23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
Phone Number:
16135447867
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Pump House Steam Museum is located in one of Canada's oldest original...

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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Engineering in action

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2016
William B
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Wolfville, Canada
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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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

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Gatineau, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 of admission $6.75

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Dallas, Tx
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

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Wolfville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 family members are captivated by engineering in action.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 1 senior day.

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DF
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Bedford, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Julie F, Public Relations Manager at Pump House Steam Museum, responded to this review

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

Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

When we could not get into the Marine Museum we found this gem. Not too expensive to visit and an interesting peek into the city's past

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Brampton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

This museum is fairly limited, but did have very interesting original mechanical equipment in it, if you're into that sort of thing, which I am. It also had a large model railfraod latout, and a kids area, not sure what that was about as I had no kids with me.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

as we took the Bus tour around the Old Pump House Museum, they explained that that was the only water pumping stations to supply water to the whole of Kingston. It is very informative and educative how things were used in the ancient times

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