Construction Updates

The City of Kingston has awarded a contract to Cupido Construction to do some upgrades to the Pump House over the winter and spring. This work is necessary to address client accessibility and expand the site’s ability to host inclusive school groups, community programs and complete curatorial tasks.

The Pump House was ranked as one of the best remaining examples of industrial heritage in Kingston based on its historic and operational significance, as well as its public visibility, in the Building Conservation Master Plan (April 2004) commissioned by the City of Kingston.

This project will be the first major renovation to the museum since its designation and is vital for the site’s sustainability as we address the challenge of making heritage structures accessible while respecting the heritage value of the building and its surrounding landscape.

The proposed renovation will impact both interior space use as well as the exterior rear façade of the structure. Post-renovation the ground floor at the rear of the structure will include a workshop, an accessible family and standard washroom and a lobby. The second floor of the renovated space will house staff offices and a multi-purpose meeting room. The project has received site plan and council approvals.

Alongside the ongoing construction The PumpHouse opens its doors for our summer season. The renovation project is on target for completion by the end of July. There will be a grand re-opening of the museum on September 7, 2017. We encourage our neighbours to stop by the site and see the summer show, “Kingston Believe it or Not, and to join us in September to explore the features of the newly renovated site.

As the Discovery Centre, our main programming space, remains inaccessible due to construction, a temporary programming space is being brought on site as we play host to the Art Box. The Art Box is a modified shipping container that Cultural Services has used to offer arts programming across the city. While the Art Box is with us (until the end of August) we are hoping to have a locally commissioned artist repaint the exterior in a way that speaks to the site, the neighbourhood and museum.


Please note that all work will be in compliance with the City of Kingston noise bylaws. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us anytime by email at


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