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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.

Land & Water Acknowledgement

Recognizing the long history of the land and waterways.


We Commit

Land/Water Acknowledgment
dry dock

“Ionkwanoronhkwa Ohneka; Kahnekaronnion Mmmmm; kahnekanoron Mmmmm”

(We love water; All types of water; Water is precious)

The waterways and land located within the Great Lakes catchment area have a long history predating the establishment of European settlements. The waterways in particular are to be acknowledged as the traditional trade routes of Indigenous Peoples; together providing a network of trade and travel routes essential to communities since time immemorial.

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston (Katarokwi) acknowledges the site it sits on and the water it interacts with to be the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy and the Huron-Wendat Peoples. We thank these nations for their care and stewardship over this land and water. We are committed to sharing this stewardship moving forward.

The Kingston Dry Dock National Historic Site is partly situated on what is traditionally known as Mississauga Point; an early seasonal trade settlement of the Mississauga and Algonquin Peoples. Industry and time have since changed the shape of this geographic landmark. The piers now located at this site are largely landfilled, and greatly altered the original waterline; as such, they have become an extension of Mississauga Point.

As the only museum in Canada exclusively representing the maritime history of the Great Lakes, we are committed to working with Indigenous Peoples to expand our narrative and build lasting relationships that offer opportunities for connecting and engaging with our shared histories.

Water Song

The lyrics quoted above are from “Water Song” by Theresa “Bear”Fox. These lyrics strongly echo the Museum’s own commitment to sharing this love, protecting our waters and connecting you with the culture and environment of the waterways.