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Pump House Steam Museum

23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
+1 613-544-7867
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Less Pump House, more random Kingston

I was expecting to learn more about Pump Houses and Steam engines, but instead saw 2 large... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Deajay Y
Toronto, Canada
Pump it up

This s good of you like and understand physics or the industrial revolution. It was part of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kitchener, Canada
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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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  • Very good48%
  • Average32%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
23 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
+1 613-544-7867

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 Tinku M
Julie F, Public Relations Manager at Pump House Steam Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 9 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
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...More

Thank Pierre D
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.

Thank rushber
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...More

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