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Pump House

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Great for a quick stop!

It was really cool to see the pump house (even cooler seeing the model train room that I didn't... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
More than expected

You don't need much time to take a look around, but it was a good visit included in our K-Pass... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Toronto, Canada
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The PumpHouse 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. The museum's most incredible artifact is the museum itself - where the...more
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23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
+1 613-544-7867
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

It was really cool to see the pump house (even cooler seeing the model train room that I didn't know was there!) Only downfall was that there was noone there to explain anything to us and nothing was "running".

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 08mel1986
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

We went to this museum mainly for the Van Gogh exhibition, which was absolutely brilliant. We learnt so much in such a short period of time. They had even had a local carpenter make some of the inventions. Staff were lovely and only too happy...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

You don't need much time to take a look around, but it was a good visit included in our K-Pass. Seeing the old pipes in the ground, and the overall scale of the pumps was cool.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Princey79
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Unfortunately. because of flooding the year before the huge equipment was not running. If you're into big "stuff" you would be impressed with this one. The HUGE train display certainly make a stop there worthwhile. Staff were excellent, informed and helpful.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank caledon2016
Reviewed 24 November 2017

We have visited twice over several years and both experiences were great. Some new features have been added to make it more interactive and to provide excellent learning experiences about Kingston's involvement in the age of steam generation.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Jane O
Reviewed 1 November 2017

This classic waterfront building just had a refresh to its look and is now an even better place to experience some of Kingston's rich history.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank KateJourney
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

The museum is not giant but it covers the subject of pumping water quite nicely. Loved the miniature train section, the "children activities area" (there is some Lego). Don't miss the dark room and the small scale steam pump (animated by compressed air). In one...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Emmanuel D
Reviewed 2 October 2017

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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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