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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.

Ways of Giving


Thank you for your interest in supporting the Great Lakes Museum!

The donations we receive from our community of supporters go a long way in supporting programs, exhibits and ensuring we continue to play an active part in our community.

Did you know the Great Lakes Museum is registered Canadian charity? That means that all donations are 100% tax deductible.

There a number of ways you can show your support:

Donate - Single Gifts

Single Gifts

Single gifts are one-off donations to a Museum project of your choice that be made either in your name or in the memory of a loved one. You will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your donation.

Donate - Regular Gifts

Regular Gifts

Instead of a one-off donation, consider making a regular monthly gift to the Museum. No need to resubmit every time you wish to make a donation, we’ll handle all the paper work. A tax receipt for 100% of your donation is mailed at year end.

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Become a Member

Join a community of like-minded individuals by becoming a Museum Member. From sailors, boat enthusiasts and builders to historians, environmentalists and local enthusiasts, you will meet individuals with a passion for Kingston and Great Lakes maritime heritage.

Support the work of the Museum and receive regular updates on programs, events and news.

Donate a Gift of Securities

Gift of Securities

The Museum also accepts gift of securities; including, but not limited to stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and employee stock options. A gift of publicly traded securities means you eliminate the capital gains tax that you would have to pay if you sold the securities and then donated the proceeds. Plus, you will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your donation. Find out more information about benefits to you and the Museum (the Charity) »

To donate securities, please consult your financial advisor for the relevant forms and to discuss which investments make the most financial and philanthropic impact, then let us know so we can show our appreciation!

Donate - Leave a Gift in Your Will

Leave a Gift in Your Will

Consider contributing to the Museum’s future with a gift in your will. A Legacy Gift, large or small, has the potential to make a difference at the Museum. It is an investment you make in an organisation you believe in, and we will work with you to ensure your gift has the greatest impact. Plus, not only do you have the satisfaction of directing your support to an organisation you believe in, you also reduce the amount you pay in taxes on your estate.

Contact a member of staff to discuss your intentions and how you might direct your donation to ensure the greatest impact. Use the link below or contact us at 613 542 2261 to speak with a staff member.

To make a donation, please complete our online donation form or download our donation form, fill it out and send it to the Great Lakes Museum, 55 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Y2. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration.


Interested in being a volunteer? Find out more information on our volunteer page and join the crew!