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Pump House Steam Museum, Kingston

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  • 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...  more »
  • 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  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
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  • Super-friendly, knowledgeable staff. We had a nice visit to the Pump House Steam Museum. It's not a huge museum so you could probably spend less than two hours there. We arrived at the end of the day so only had one hour. The model railroad section is great for younger children. Press a few buttons to watch the trains whiz around the tracks. It was interesting to learn about Kingston's bid to become the capital of Canada and the need for a steam-powered water pumping system. There are some interactive exhibits and we saw a Kingston Believe it or Not exhibit with fun facts about Kingston's early history. It was well worth the visit!
  • This is a great small museum in a beautiful location on the Kingston waterfront. It is a short walk downtown or to the Queen's University campus. It makes a great destination for children as the exhibits are lovely moving machines that capture the imagination.
  • Small museum, good view of the old city water pumps. Huge model train setup. For the Canadians of a certain age, the model train set that appeared on the opening of "The Friendly Giant" is on display. You can run many of the trains. The old steam launch outside is a nice treat as well.
  • Interesting museum with an addition of a few model trains.
  • I visited almost the first day it opened. There were more info on how pumping works. But those science info was probably too difficult and now it was replaced with science camp and other exhibits. But this museum is still full of fun for family with kids to spend couple hours. Don't forget about the fun train models!