Canada's Penitentiary Museumin-person Doors Open Kingston

  • In-person
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
Canada's Penitentiary Museum

This museum was once the residence of the warden of the Kingston Penitentiary. Built by inmate workers, the home was first occupied in 1873. In 1933, most of the building was converted to administrative offices with a small apartment retained for penitentiary use. In 1985, the museum officially opened in only two rooms, but eventually became the sole occupant.

Contact info

555 King Street West at Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario


Year built: 1873
Building type:Government buildingHistorical houseMuseum
Architect: Henry Hodge Horsey
Architectural style:ItalianateVernacularVictorian

Dates/hours open

Jul 20, 09:00am - Jul 20, 04:00pm

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.