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If you are interested in a fun and enriching activity to do in Kingston, look no further than the Pump House Steam Museum.

The Pump House Steam Museum is located in one of Canada’s oldest original water works – where steam-powered pumps provided the first running water to Kingston residents from 1851. Only six similar preserved water pumping stations remain in North America.

The museum’s most incredible artifact is the museum itself – where the original pumps are animated and visitors can discover exactly how they worked. Guided or self-guided tours show how steam power was an essential element of the industrial development of Canada and pumped water played a key role in Kingston’s history.


Visit the Engineerium, a flexible new exhibition space in the Pump House. This beautiful room, complete with original limestone walls and a great view into the massive steam boilers, is home to special exhibits, and is available for community events.

Model Train Exhibit

The Pump House Steam Museum is home to a stunning collection of model railway trains. An elaborate mutli-level O scale train can be set in motion by the push of a button, and the HO scale train set from the opening of the iconic CBC children’s show ‘The Friendly Giant’ is on display.

Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre

Filled with games, toys and activities for inquiring young minds. The Discovery Centre uses principles of play base learning to encourage skills in Science, Technology,  Engineering, Art and Math.

The Pump Room

Featuring the original 1890s steam driven water pumps that provided water to Kingston for 101 years. Come experience the Osborne Killey engine in motion and learn about the inner workings of Kingston’s first pump house.