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.
The Boiler Room
The Boiler room introduces the visitor to the Pump House Steam Museum through an exhibit that focuses on the history, function and purpose of Kingston’s first pump house. The original 19th century coal fed fire tube boilers and oversized original boiler tools are on display showcasing the original technology that was used to produce steam to power the engines.
The Pump Room
The high ceilings and large 19th century industrial windows illuminate the splendor of the Pump Room. It holds not only the two 13ft tall, 43ft long water pumping engines from 1890, but also artifacts such as the oiling cans and the Engineer’s log book, cross section models of a steam engine, a video on live steam from founder Jack Telgmann, miniature steam engine models and more! In the Pump Room you can also see the Osborne Killey (the yellow engine in the picture) running as it used to when it pumped water for the city of Kingston over a hundred years ago.