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Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

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Neighbourhood: Sydenham
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Address: 55 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2, Canada
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+1 613-542-2261
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00

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Lots of Great Lakes history.

Very interesting history about boats and life on the Great Lakes. Alexander Henry is totally open to explore. An interesting ship

Reviewed 23 March 2016
r g
Kingston, Canada
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Kingston, Canada
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Very interesting history about boats and life on the Great Lakes. Alexander Henry is totally open to explore. An interesting ship

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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Sadly closed but kids loved exploring outside, reading the plaques and seeing the big ship up close. Mississsuga point was the site of shipyards for 150 years. Kingston was an important port and the centre of ship building for the Great Lakes. The dry dock was build 1890. WWII navy vessels were built here!

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Minden ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

A very informative experience that tells the story of the importance of ships on our Great Lakes and beyond. Unfortunately the Ice-Breaker was closed at the time of our visit, so a return trip in the better weather will be on our calendar.

Thank Mike D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2015

Since the French built the first sailing vessel on the Great lakes in the 17th century , Kingston has had a history of shipbuilding. On the site of the museum used to be a ship warf, and the buildings were turned into a museum that gives an insight on the history of sail and steam. There are ship models, engines,... More 

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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

This waterfront museum is a hidden jem in Kingston. With friends visiting and really no where else open, we went in and WOW. The galleries are interactive and encourage visitors to please touch! Beautiful art on the poster story of a trip down the great lakes and out to the ocean. I wasn't around for 1959 opening of the St.... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

It was a Sunday afternoon and just not sure what to do with 4 grandchildren and this museum came to mind. Going there I thought the main attraction for the kids would be touring the boat - and that was great, especially the freedom to explore everywhere and being able to touch everything. But the surprise of the day was... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2015

This is an excellent museum. Our family of three thoroughly enjoyed it, including our 7 year old son. The main building is interesting as it is, but being able to tour the museum ship Alexander Henry just made our visit that much better. In the main building there are many different areas of interest and several hands on displays to... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Definitely a museum worth visiting The building is part of the nautical tradition of Kingston and the exhibits reflect the strong connection with the Great Lakes and beyond The icebreaker vessel Alexander Henry is part of the museum and a unique exhibit in its own right

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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

It houses collection of exhibits relating to shipping on the Great Lakes, e.g. Ship building, Eco-gallery, marine archaelogy

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

I took a chance on this marine museum just to see something different from the usual heritage homes, pioneer villages and military exhibits. I am glad I did. The exhibits are well done and covers quite a lot on the town's marine history from sailboats to super tankers to shipwrecks to ship engineering. The highlight of the museum is the... More 

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