Mission: To inspire an enduring connection to the maritime heritage of Kingston and the Great Lakes.

Vision: To be Canada's premier museum for studying, exhibiting and preserving the maritime heritage of Kingston and the largest body of inter-connected fresh water lakes in the world.

Over 4,000 Objectsand art in our Artefact Collection
More than 3,500 linear feet of Records in our Archival Collection
More than 50,000 Ship Plans in our collection
A broad range of instruments, Tools and equipment used by mariners and shipbuilders
More than 31,000 Photos professional and amateur over many decades

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

at Kingston

53 Yonge Street, Kingston, Ontario K7M 6G4

613 542-2261

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We are now offering curriculum-based outreach education programs about environmental issues in the Great Lakes Basin. For more information, please contact:

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Museum Hours

We're open

Wednesday - Sunday 10am-4pm

AND this Holiday Monday (3 Aug) 10am-4pm

We ask that you please respect our
COVID-19 Visitor Protocols
posted at our entry and found here.

Welcome to the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is entering a new era in its 45-year history. Having recently purchased the Kingston Dry Dock property, a National Historic Site we occupied since 1975, transition plans for a new 21st Century Museum will soon be a reality. To fulfill our vision, the Board of Directors believes a bold and progressive strategic plan is needed to chart a new course. We intend to transform the Museum into a maritime cultural hub that actively embraces our one-of-a-kind, historic waterfront location in Kingston. We believe that the most successful museums in the 21st Century will continuously refine their strategies as the external landscape evolves, new lessons are learned and opportunities arise. In this spirit, our strategic plan is a dynamic document, defining a clear “destination” – where we want to be in 2025 – and encouraging flexibility and creativity throughout the journey.

Our plan aims to drive the positive changes necessary to create an unrivaled, sustainable Marine Museum that excels in delivering our mission and vision. The plan sharpens our focus with three strategic priorities developed to assure a clear path to success. It requires us to rethink how we organize our time and talent, and where we invest dollars. At the same time, the plan strongly reaffirms the Museum’s commitment to ensuring residents and families, as well as tourists, have access to our Museum, its waterfront, exhibits and programs. Finally, the plan strengthens our engagement with donors, non-profit organizations, key stakeholders and opinion leaders as essential drivers of innovation and positive change in our community. 

A vital component of culture, heritage and experiential education, is currently missing from Kingston. Our Museum has a community role to play in promoting life-long learning and non-formal knowledge transmission about our region’s unique and living maritime history. We intend to listen to and consult with citizens and stakeholders on how the Marine Museum can make a higher contribution to our community. In turn, this will help us fully establish our ultimate goals.

In the end, we need generous funding and volunteer support for our National Historic Site to be transformed indoors and out into a safe, welcoming space for a variety of programs, intercultural dialogue, creative play, and connecting people to our unparalleled waterfront. A revitalized Marine Museum has a unique potential to promote cultural and biological diversity, and protect our heritage. We have a mission to raise public awareness of the value and fragility of our region’s precious maritime environment. Our exhibits, programs, services and spaces will promote the responsibility of all citizens to contribute to the care and conservation of the planet’s greatest bodies of interconnected freshwater, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.  Read the complete Strategic Plan here.

What's On

Take-Home Activities


Looking for something to do with the kids?! We've got your covered with our maritime take-home activities! Find all 6 here.


Forged In Fire: Kingston Goes to Sea!

 Be part of the story, share your story about a loved one here.


Mad Libs - Dive into Nautical Expressions!

 Grab some friends, pick your word list and prepare for a laugh with our nautical expression mad libs here.