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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.

Looking to the Future

of the Great Lakes Museum


The Future of The Great Lakes Museum

SS Keewatin in dry dock

To join us on our journey, consider supporting the Museum through a donation or by becoming a volunteer.

Entering a New Era

The Great Lakes Museum is entering a new era in its 45-year history. Having recently purchased the Kingston Dry Dock property, a National Historic Site we occupied since 1975, transition plans for a new 21st century museum will soon be a reality.

To fulfill our vision, the Board of Directors believes a bold and progressive strategic plan is needed to chart a new course. We intend to transform the Museum into a maritime cultural hub that actively embraces our one-of-a-kind historic waterfront location in Kingston. We believe that the most successful museums in the 21st century will continuously refine their strategies as the external landscape evolves, new lessons are learned and opportunities arise.

In this spirit, our new strategic plan, Steering Into the Future, is a dynamic document outlining our clear ‘destination’ – our 2025 goal – and encouraging flexibility and creativity throughout the journey. Our plan aims to drive the positive changes necessary to create an unrivaled, sustainable Marine Museum that excels in delivering our mission and vision. The plan sharpens our focus with three strategic priorities;

  • Experience, audience and engagement – strengthen our engagement with donors, non-profit organisations, key stakeholders and opinion leaders as essential drivers of innovation and positive change in our community
  • Collections, research and programs – reaffirm our commitment to ensuring residents and families, as well as tourists, have access to our Museum, its waterfront, exhibits and programs
  • Operational excellence – rethink how we organize our time and talent, and where we invest dollars

A vital component of culture, heritage and experiential education is currently missing from Kingston. Our Museum has a community role to play in promoting life-long learning and non-formal knowledge transmission about our region’s unique and living maritime history. We intend to listen to and consult with citizens and stakeholders on how the Marine Museum can make a higher contribution to our community. In turn, this will helps us to fully establish our ultimate goals.