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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

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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.

Plan Your Visit


Plan Your Visit

Visitors are welcome to book an experience ahead of time or stop by for a self-guided tour. We encourage anyone interested in touring the S.S. Keewatin to book a tour in advance.


Summer hours (13 May to 1 September)
Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Autumn-Winter hours (2 September to 11 May)
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Museum Admission

Adults: $10
Student (with valid ID) / Youth (5-16): $8
Child (4 and under): free
Members can enjoy free access to the Museum’s galleries and tours. Become a member!

Become a Member!

Memberships provide an opportunity for you to join a network of like-minded individuals, while supporting a cultural organisation dedicated to experiencing and preserving the maritime heritage of Kingston and the Great Lakes. Check out the benefits and discount that you will receive, along with our heartfelt gratitude.


The Museum’s buildings are physically accessible with wheelchair ramps and restrooms. We also offer an accessible parking space and welcome service dogs. Support persons can enjoy free entry to the Museum.

Please note that the S.S. Keewatin is not accessible.

Book a Tour

and make a day of it!

Join us for tours of the S.S. Keewatin or challenge your team to our Shipwrights game. Experiences can be booked in advanced or are available for walk-ins.
Passenger Experience on the S.S. Keewatin

S.S. Keewatin Passenger Experience

The S.S. Keewatin’s Passenger Experience invites you to step aboard with a knowledgeable tour guide to explore the decks, cabins and first-class accommodations of this historic Great Lakes steamship.

This tour is 75-minutes in duration and will require guests to move around the ship, including several stairwells. This ticket also includes admission to the Museum. Tickets are $39 for adults and $34 for youth/students, children under 5 are free. Family (2 adults, 2 youth) is $126.

Tours begin May 13th

Passenger experience - engine room

S.S. Keewatin Engine Room Experience

Take a journey below decks and get up close and personal with four quadruple steam-powered engines – the same type of engine that powered the Titanic! This tour takes you through the ship’s Boiler Room and Engine Room and is 45-minutes in duration.

This ticket also includes admission to the Museum. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for youth/students, children under 5 are free. Family (2 adults, 2 youth) is $74.

Tours begin May 23rd

Shipwrights Tour

Shipwrights by Improbable Escapes

Do you have what it takes to get your vessel into ship shape?! Dive headfirst into the challenge, tackling the tools and techniques used to build some of Canada’s greatest boats at this very location, a hundred years ago!

Tickets are $17.70 per person
Groups of 2-6 people
Easy-medium difficulty

Group Visits

Want to plan an outing for your group? Contact us to discuss availability and rates.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you need to cancel or re-schedule your experience, please contact the Museum as soon as possible. Cancellations made more than 72 hours in advance will receive a partial refund of 80%. Cancellations made less than 72 hours in advance are ineligible for a refund.

Please use the contact form to request a cancellation.

    How to get here

    The Musuem is located at 55 Ontario St. Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2. Keep an eye out for the big ship!


    Limited free parking is available in our lot located at the bottom of Lower Union St.

    There are a also numerous downtown municipal lots and on-street parking available in the area.



    The Museum is located along the waterfront pathway and 10 minutes away from the downtown core.


    Plan your trip to the Great Lakes Museum via Kingston Transit. Use the Kingston Transit trip planner »

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