Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Kingston

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
Currently in 2014, the Museum consists of 7 different galleries.

The temporary gallery features changing exhibits and is currently showcasing the New Age of Sail.

The permanent galleries include the Donald Page gallery which examines several stories including the Age of Sail on the Great Lakes, life as a sailor and changing ship technology. The newest gallery, the Eco gallery, explores issues such as pollution, water diversion and conservation, invasive species and sustainable development as they relate to the Great Lakes. The Shipwreck Gallery takes you on a journey from the early days of wooden ship building through to the construction of modern “Lakers”. This room used to be the shipyard’s Dynamo room. The Calvin Gallery takes you onto Garden Island, where the Calvin family ran a shipbuilding and logging business and includes stories from Kingston’s maritime past.The Pump Room lets you explore the complexity of operating a shipbuilding dry dock. The pumps and engines in this room were used to drain the dry dock and move the dock’s caisson gate.

The Museum Ship Alexander Henry was built in 1959. A former buoy tender and light icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard, the Alexander Henry is a fine example of shipbuilding from the last century. With its twenty ton crane, block and tackle, hydraulic ram and other functional machinery, visiting students can learn first hand about this purpose built structure, and about ice breaking in Canadian waters. The ship is available for tours from May - October, weather permitting.
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  • I rated this as very good based on a past visit to the Museum. Back in the day there was a land based museum that was very informative, and the ice breaker ship was actually used as a B & B affiliated...  read more »
  • Despite all of the advertisements for it, unfortunately the museum has had to close down due to the owner of the mooring charging more than they can afford. Apparently the museum is trying to find alt...  read more »
  • There's more boat. There is nothing on the walls of the building. It's empty. The website contains the same address except that there is nothing. Recently, the site has been closed and I was told it was closed permanently. This is to check. In any case, it's gone.
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  • The Marine Museum and the Alexander Henry (an imposing and magnificent Coast Guard Ship) are tributes not only to Kingston's history on Lake Ontario but to all the cities/towns on all of the Great Lakes.Over the years, as my grandsons grew from small boys to young men, we greatly enjoyed climbing onto the Alexander Henry and pretending that we were sailors out on one of the Great Lakes. Additionally,we were awed by the collection of maps, pictures, paintings, historical papers and other Great Lakes memorabilia that are protected in the museum. With the passing years my grandsons and I came to fully realize the importance of the Marine Museum in protecting the history of the Great Lakes. Now with great sorrow I have to tell my grandsons (who live in the US) that they will no longer be able to visit their friend ,the Alexander Henry, when they make their annual summer visit. The loss of the Marine Museum and the Alexander Henry is a tragedy for all of us who live in Kingston and who are proud of Kingston's history and a tragedy as well for all of those who visited the Marine Museum and the Alexander Henry as children and who want to visit the museum and ship with their children/grandchildren.So,if you are visiting Kingston before August 23rd 2016, a visit the Museum is a must before its doors are closed forever.
  • Great maritime museum, kid friendly. Interesting exhibit about the history and evolution of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Hands on displays of various ship technologies, and spooky collection of artifacts from many of the great lake shipwrecks. Don't miss the chance to walk around the old coast guard ice breaker they have there, the Alexander Henry. We have been to many maritime museums but the freedom to explore the well preserved inner workings of the Alexander Henry is a truly unique experience. We came away with a better understand of how these big ships work and what life aboard would have been like.
  • This is an excellent museum. Our family of three thoroughly enjoyed it, including our 7 year old son. The main building is interesting as it is, but being able to tour the museum ship Alexander Henry just made our visit that much better. In the main building there are many different areas of interest and several hands on displays to keep the younger kids engaged. We spent a great deal of time in the waterways and shipping section, a big interest for our family. We also spent quite a bit of time on the Alexander Henry itself, enjoying being able to explore the ship at our leisure.
  • This is a great museum if you like maritime history, but the ship is very interesting regardless. I am sorry to hear they are closing next month, but I recommend this to anyone until then.
  • The walk around the Alexander Henry is a fond memory. Good museum for families. Not expensive and interesting exhibits.
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