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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.

Exhibits and Galleries


Tour the S.S.Keewatin

S.S. Keewatin | Tour the Ship

Built in 1907, the S.S. Keewatin is not only the last of its kind, but also designated Canadian cultural property. At the Museum, visitors are welcome to tour its decks and discover the fascinating stories of both crew and passengers with a knowledgeable tour guide.

S.S. Keewatin the Exhibit

S.S. Keewatin | The Exhibit

From the role of the ship in connecting people and trade to the technology that revolutionized transportation, this exhibit welcomes you to discover the story of the world’s last steamship liner.

This exhibit will open late June 2024.

naval reserve

Life in the Naval Reserve

Featuring the works of Grant Macdonald, this exhibit welcomes recruits to our Second World War Recruitment Station – style experience complete with your very own recruitment card and dress-up station. Are you fit to serve?

Archival image of ship in dry dock

Kingston Dry Dock National Historic Site

Walk back in time and discover the Victorian-era technology that powered the historic dry dock while you get hands-on with steam technology.