Thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers at our partner sites, students have learned about Kingston’s stories while spending a week exploring local collections. We want to express our sincere gratitude to the following sites for providing these opportunities for youth to connect to their community.
The Agnes is a wonderful site for teachers who want to explore art or use art as a background study for other subject. With the André Biéler Studio as a home room and the galleries as your classrooms, so many ideas can be explored.
The Agnes is one of Canada’s most respected art museums, with a permanent collection of more than 14,000 pieces. The collection ranges from the 14th century to the present, with an emphasis on Canadian art. It includes paintings, sculptures, and graphics by major Canadian artists, European old master paintings – including works by Rembrandt – costumes, quilts, silver and other decorative objects, Inuit art, and one of the largest collections of African art in Canada. Exhibitions from the permanent collection are complemented by traveling exhibitions and a variety of public programs.
Learn about local government and the importance of City Hall as a monument to Kingston’s history. Create opportunities for you and your students to meet elected officials and city staff, and explore the day-to-day business of municipal affairs with City Hall as your classroom.
Kingston City Hall, one of the finest 19th century municipal buildings in Canada and a nationally designated heritage site, is toured by thousands of tourists and local citizens each year. Kingston’s historic City Hall has housed governments, a bank, a dry goods store, and the body of Sir John A. Macdonald. This historic building still functions as the City’s administrative centre. (Note: The City Clerk’s Department & Cultural Services supplied funding for Local Government week  for a teacher focusing on municipal issues)
Visit a school classroom set in the style of a one-room rural school house in the 1890-1910 era. View displays of artefacts, schoolbooks, equipment and photographs. Experience social and school life as children did in pioneer days. The desks and artefacts were collected from the schools which at one time dotted the countryside. Sit at a wooden desk, write on a slate with a slate pencil. Browse through old Ontario readers. Try your skill at some arithmetic facts and solve problems encountered in the past!
The Schools Museum’s vast collection and authentic setting provides the opportunity for a class to step back in time. It is a wonderful site for teachers to make literacy and social studies connections, as well as art and drama connections. Tour the Heritage Conservation District of Barriefield Village to learn about the history of this town site which is more than 200 years old.
One of Kingston’s largest museums, this site educates members of the military and the general public about the troops, the events, and the technologies involved in Canadian military communications and electronics. The Military Communications and Electronics Museum is an accredited museum of the Department of National Defence (DND).
During the 20th century, information was communicated largely through the use of evolving electronic technologies. This Museum documents that development and celebrates the contributions of the people who made it possible. “Hands on” participation is encouraged in a number of exhibits within the Museum and educational programs are available. The Museum also houses a working ham radio station. Teachers may want to explore science and technology connections.
A week with your class at the Miller Museum is intended to build upon classroom curriculum in the areas of geology, soils, history of Kingston’s geology. The Miller Museum is located in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It is a small but active earth-science teaching museum for local schools and natural-science interest groups in eastern Ontario. The museum features many fossil and mineral displays, an extensive Geology of the Kingston Area exhibit, and an educational tour program of “hands on” geology activities.
The Museum of Health Care, located in the Ann Baillie Building on Queen’s University Campus, is the only museum in Canada dedicated to the history of health and health care. The museum has one of the largest collections of medical and health care artefacts in Canada. It is home to a wide-range of artefacts and archival documents and photographs from surgical tools to laboratory instruments documenting how people have preserved health and managed disease, pain, and suffering from the late 18th century to the present day. The Museum serves the general public, practitioners, students, and historians through exhibitions, interpretive programs, and special events throughout the year.
The Kingston School of Art, a non-profit charitable organization, was formed in 1994. People involved in the School recognize the importance of art and believe that affordable fine arts programming should be available to the Kingston community. Located in the same building, The Window Art Gallery is a great place to view and purchase the work of local Kingston artists.
The County Museum and Archives provides insights into everyday life from the late 18th through the 20th century and focuses particularly on telling the story of Lennox and Addington County. The Museum, an 1864 limestone building, was, until 1971, the county jail. The museum’s rotating exhibits highlight local history from prehistoric times to the present. The artifacts collection contains approximately 10,000 items including prehistory artifacts, furniture, clothing, toys, glass, ceramics, tools and household goods. The Museum & Archives houses a research library and extensive local archives documenting county history, as well as genealogical files for those who want to find their personal connection to the past.
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The Marine Museum is currently the only museum in Canada that exclusively represents the maritime history of the Great Lakes. It is in the unique situation of being a community museum, with nationally significant collections telling a regional and national story. The museum and this site are not only important to the Kingston community’s sense of identity, but also to the importance of the Great Lakes corridor as a key piece in the economic development of Canada.
The museum offers a range of outreach programs covering topics from maritime history and travel to shipbuilding and the environment. They offer curriculum-based programs for grades2-8 science and technology and social studies subject areas. Students can learn about local history, buoyancy, pollution, ecosystems, invasive species, water quality, and more.
Step back in time at the Pump House Steam Museum and explore the original steam engines that powered Kingston’s first water pumping station. Filled with games, toys and activities for inquiring minds the Pump House Steam Museum encourage the love of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in visitors of all ages.
The PumpHouse is located in one of Canada’s oldest original water works – where steam-powered pumps provided the first running water to Kingston residents from 1851. Only six similar preserved water pumping stations remain in North America.
The museum’s most incredible artefact 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.