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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.

Life in the Naval Reserves

Life in the Naval Reserves

Are you fit to serve in the Naval Reserve?

Step aboard for aboard for a glimpse at life and work in the Naval Reserve through the eyes of portrait artist Grant Macdonald, and join the over 77,000 members who serve during the Second World War.

Founded 100 years ago in 1923, the Naval Reserve established divisions across Canada to foster a citizen-navy, lovingly known as the Wavy Navy after the wavy ‘rings’ officers wore on their sleeves. These divisions were instrumental in the recruitment and training of crew for the war effort from 1939 to 1945. Today, the Naval Reserve still stands as Canada’s active reserve naval force with both men and women serving together.

This exhibit opened in June 2023 and features 25 original drawings by Grant Macdonald, a fraction of the over 300 drawings held in the Museum’s collection.