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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.

Dive a little deeper


The Great Lakes Museum has programs for everyone!

Fulfilling our mission to connect you with the maritime heritage of Kingston and the Great Lakes, we offer a range of outreach programs covering topics from maritime history and travel to shipbuilding and the environment. Explore our outreach programs below and discover how you can connect with the largest inter-connected body of fresh water.

Science and Technology

School Programs (Grades 2-8)

Are you a teacher or educator?

We provide interactive curriculum-based programs in social studies, science and technology. Plus, our programs can be delivered at the Museum or in your classroom.


Social Studies

Children & Youth

Summer camp or youth group organizer?

We offer free educational and interactive supplemental programs that are great for youth ages 5-12. Topics range from local ecosystems to navigating the locks and canals of our freshwater system!


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Lifelong Learning

Member of a local organisation or group?

Discover local maritime heritage through interactive presentations when we bring the Museum to you with our adult ‘life-long learning’ programs, or plan a visit for your group.


Nautical Nights

Nautical Nights

Hear it from an expert! Local historians, scientists and authors share their knowledge on topics from history and exploration to the environment during our Winter Speaker Series in partnership with the Kingston Yacht Club.