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June 18, 2016

Join us again in 2016 for another exciting year of Doors Open Kingston!

This year’s theme of medical science and innovation gives Kingston an opportunity to feature its premier hospitals and its long history of teaching medicine and developing medical innovations.

Kingston is home to the Museum of Health Care, which is located in the former nursing-student residence at Kingston General Hospital. The museum strives to preserve the material history of our medical and health-care past with the goal of understanding the history of health and health care, particularly in Canada. Currently ranked as one of the top universities in Canada, Queen’s University – together with Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care – trains students and conducts important research. Together, these institutions provide specialized care and conduct research that is on the cutting edge of technology.

History is alive and well in Kingston – Canada’s first capital and home to its first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

Our limestone city’s charms include its lively and lovely downtown – jammed with excellent shops and restaurants – and its many museums (see www.kingstonmueseums) and historical sites. Kingston also boasts an exciting arts community, family-friendly spaces and activities, and a number of innovative businesses generated by its fine learning institutions – including Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College.

Doors Open Kingston provides an annual opportunity for residents and visitors alike to experience a deeper look at Kingston’s storied past, vibrant present and promising future.

We are proud of our smart and livable 21st-century city and want to share it with you!

Coming soon!

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
University Avenue at Bader Lane, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2190
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kingston’s public gallery since 1957, Agnes Etherington Art Centre exhibits historical and contemporary art in gorgeous modern spaces appended to the gallery founder’s elegant neo-Georgian home. Enjoy the fascinating array of exhibitions in the gallery and the drop-in art program for all ages in the Andre Biéler Studio. Guides will give impromptu talks in the gallery and Etherington House.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Self-guided tours available

Canada's Penitentiary Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
555 King Street West at Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-530-3122
Year built: 1873
Architect: Henry Horsey
Style: Italianate
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canada’s Penitentiary Museum occupies Cedarhedge, once the residence of a Kingston Penitentiary warden. Built by convicts of local limestone, with Ohio sandstone accents, this home was first occupied in 1873. Eight rooms of the house have been converted into galleries that depict the history of Canada’s federal correctional system. Special exhibits include a display about prison sports programs.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

HMCS Cataraqui

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
24 Navy Way
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-541-5010, ext. 6112
Year built: 1992
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HMCS Cataraqui is the home of the Royal Canadian Navy in Kingston. Visitors will learn its storied history as they tour the building. They will also meet local naval reserve sailors, see small boats and other unique equipment, and enjoy interactive displays.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Kingston Area Recycling Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
196 Lappan's Lane
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 2703
Year built: 1989
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Since 1989, this recycling centre has been processing paper, plastic, metal and glass from homes in Kingston and the surrounding area. Recyclable materials are sorted here and then sold to companies that use them to make new products. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at this facility, which is not usually open to the public. Guided tours throughout the day.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Kingston City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-546-4291, ext. 1520
Year built: 1841-44
Architect: George Browne
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kingston City Hall is one of the city’s most famous National Historic Sites. The building showcases a treasure chest of local and national artifacts, and a collection of historical portraits, including one of Sir John A. Macdonald, a Kingston resident and Canada’s first prime minister. The beautiful stained-glass windows and original jail cells will delight children of all ages!
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2993 Highway 2 East
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-542-0543
Year built: Log house 1853, exhibit building 1983
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours hourly from 11 a.m.; special "Meet the Animals" session at 1 p.m.
The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum is in an 1853 log cabin at the entrance to scenic Grass Creek Park. The museum contains woodworking tools and interesting wooden objects and art. Learn about biodiversity while viewing the travelling exhibit Hands on Nature, on loan from Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. The new children’s forest will be open all day for exploration and play.
Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Pump House Steam Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
23 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-544-PUMP (7867)
Year built: 1849
Architect: Joseph Power
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This museum, housed in one of Canada’s oldest waterworks, highlights steam power and is a testament to Kingston’s industrial past. Come and enjoy the model trains and Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre, or view the latest exhibition, Egypt, Gift of the Nile, and be transported to ancient Egypt.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Guided tours available

Queen's University Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
11 Medical Quadrangle, Kathleen Ryan Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Telephone: 613-533-2378
Year built: 1907
Architect: Joseph Power
Style: Neoclassical
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This neoclassical structure, designed by Kingston architect Joseph Power and built in 1907, has housed the archives since 1982. Artifacts from the large collection will be displayed for Doors Open, including First World War documents (e.g., diaries and correspondence), photographs, memorabilia and architectural plans and drawings, among them architect Walter Seymour Allward’s original designs and drawings for the Vimy Memorial.