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Pump House Steam Museum

23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
+1 613-544-7867
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Unique and very interesting

Just looking at those heavy pumps and you question how in the 1800 could they get them from... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kingston, ontario
Not much to this museum

95% of this museum is exactly in the title: It's the old pump house that contains the steam engines... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Peter S
Rochester, New York
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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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23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
+1 613-544-7867
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just looking at those heavy pumps and you question how in the 1800 could they get them from Toronto to Kingston. The toy train collection and the history about they got to the museum as a gift. Wow . On Sunday free parking on the...More

Thank travellingon60
Reviewed 11 September 2017

95% of this museum is exactly in the title: It's the old pump house that contains the steam engines that pumped water in to Kingston. The pumps are very impressive and beautifully preserved. Truly some cool machinery ... if only there was some way to...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This was quite an interesting museum. It had three parts: The waterworks, the miniature trains and believe it or not. At first we weren't certain if we would like this museum. Once we explored it, it was quite worthwhile. The water works had to expand...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I was expecting to learn more about Pump Houses and Steam engines, but instead saw 2 large constructed, not-active engines with a few diagrams as to how a steam engine works. The majority of the museum seemed to be random tidbits of Kingston's history, presented...More

Thank Deajay Y
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This s good of you like and understand physics or the industrial revolution. It was part of the Kpass so free to go in. They have 3 model railways that look good but would be better if someone bothered to pick the fallen over trains...More

Thank Trompa1
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Interesting stop but not woth the $5 admssion. Old induxtrial building with history. Nice train exhibit as well

Thank weatherman1034
Reviewed 13 July 2017 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 7 July 2017

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 ThisMomOf2
Julie F, Public Relations Manager at Pump House Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

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

Reviewed 10 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 12 June 2017

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

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

Thank Sheila O
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