Kingston Believe It or Not

The Mystery of History

You probably already know that Kingston was once the first Capital of Canada, Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald lived here, it’s known as “The Limestone City” and home to prisons, universities and a military base.

Believe it or Not…Kingston has many more stories to tell. This exhibition takes you on a tour of some of the lesser known segments of this city’s history. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, we invite you to experience the mystery of Kingston’s history, delving into the strange, unusual and intriguing.

You be the judge! Come find out if you, Believe it or Not!


Model Trains

Permanently on display.

Pictures of the model train room at the Pump House Steam Museum

The Pump House is home to a stunning collection of the best model railway trains. An elaborate multilevel 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. We have various model railway trains that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The Model Railway Society

The primary goal of the Pump House Model Railway Society is to provide the museum visitors with an experience of model trains in action. Visitors will see working model trains reflecting Canadian and European railroads in both steam and diesel eras. A hands on experience is provided through a small layout which visitors can operate under supervision. Exhibits also include the train set from the popular children’s TV program – “The Friendly Giant” – which can be set in motion by visitors.

The Pump House Model Railway Society volunteer’s goal is to maintain and operate new and refurbished model train equipment. Most of the model trains and railways used are rare collector’s items which are carefully maintained by committed volunteers. Their dedicated efforts provide a high quality, fully operational model train attraction to the Pump House visitors.

While our trains will fascinate grown-ups and children alike, other people may be inspired to get involved and volunteer with the upkeep of our trains. This hobby is great for the young and old alike, and can create an exciting bond within families, particularly between grandparents and grandchildren.



Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is currently closed due renovations and will reopen September 2017.

The Discovery Centre is a space dedicated to children and learning. Filled with games, toys and activities for inquiring young minds, the Discovery Centre is a hands on and interactive exhibition. We also have a great library full of books that focus on science, engineering, math and technology that will spark the fascination of any child.