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Shipwrights by Improbable Escapes

Shipwrights by Improbable Escapes​An immersive ‘escape room’ experience with nautical-themed puzzles and challenges. Suitable for groups of 2-6 people.

Special Events

There’s always something new on the horizon. Discover our upcoming events, spread the word, and mark your calendar.

Children &
Youth (Age 5-13)

Programs to ignite curiosity and provide opportunity for exploration! Delivered virtually or in-person, these group programs can be adapted for ages 5-13.


The Nautical Nights Speaker Series, in partnership with Kingston Yacht Club (KYC), has become an annual tradition at the Great Lakes Museum.


Life-long learning is a journey of continuous growth and development, enriching our lives with new knowledge and perspectives. Immerse yourself in the history of the Great Lakes!

About the

Archives and artefacts. A library collection covering all aspects of Canadian shipping and marine heritage. Photographs, shipping company collections and shipbuilding and design collections.

Ship Lists

A selection of unique registers of ships and individuals that were compiled to facilitate the research process.

Ways of Giving

Donate your time. Donate your money. Become a member. Leave a gift in your will. There are many ways to support the museum and we appreciate your interest in supporting the Great Lakes Museum!

The Story of the Great Lakes Museum

‘Know the Ropes’ – Museum News & Stories

Explore the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes, read the stories of our artefacts, find out interesting information to share at your next party! Know the Ropes shares a mix of museum news and interesting stories.

New virtual shipwrecks of the great lakes exhibiton launches


Tour the
S.S. Keewatin,
Last Queen
of the
Gilded Age

dry dock operations

See how a steam-powered dry dock operates

Discover the Victorian-era engineering behind the powerful engines that operated the Kingston Dry Dock until 1968. 


Life in the Naval Reserve

Are you fit to serve?

Life in the Naval Reserve invites you to witness the life and work of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve through the eyes of Kingston artist Grant Macdonald. 





Land and Water Acknowledgement

The Great Lakes Museum acknowledges the site it sits on and the water it interacts with to be the traditional water and land of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy and the Huron-Wendat Peoples, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over these shared waterways and land.

The Great Lakes Museum thanks the following organisations for their generous support of capital and operations projects:

Government of Canada-logo
Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
City of Kingston-logo
Kingston and Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites
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