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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.




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Come aboard for an exciting journey with the Great Lakes Museum!

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. Our Members form a unique community of supporters with an interest in everything nautical around the Great Lakes from maritime heritage and boat building to environment and conservation.

The support of our members provides financial support for the Museum, but also means that we can demonstrate to grant providers, city councillors and community stakeholders that the Great Lakes Museum is a vital cultural asset to the Kingston community. In return, we offer a range of benefits including admission to the Museum, discounts on museum experiences and events, and regular communications about news and events. A complete list of member benefits is available below with respect to each membership level.