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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pump House Steam Museum Opens May 22

Pump House Steam Museum Opens May 22

The Pump House Steam Museum opens for the summer season on Saturday, May 22. One of two museums owned and operated by the City of Kingston, this historic gem is located on beautiful Lake Ontario in downtown Kingston and is unique among the City's many museums.

At the Pump House Steam Museum visitors can step back in time to experience one of Kingston's most significant 19th century buildings and explore the original steam engines that powered the City's first water pumping station. Interactive, hands-on demonstrations also encourage visitors to discover how steam power works and to learn more about the operation of the water pumping station as well as the development of rail travel.


This year the season starts off with the exciting 'Summer Steam-Off Spectacular' to be held at the beginning of July. This free event takes place Saturday, July 3 from noon until 4pm and features firefighters as well as antique and contemporary fire equipment from Kingston Fire and Rescue. Throughout the afternoon families can participate in demonstrations, explore fire trucks, enjoy refreshments and take part in a variety of activities appropriate for visitors of all ages.

Highlights of the Museum's program this year also include activities designed for children and students. Schools, daycares and summer camps can book tours that focus on strands within the Grades 2 to 8 Science and Technology Curriculum. These tours are fun, informative and also offer time for participants to explore the Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre as well as the 'All Aboard' model train exhibit. Visit <> to download a copy of the City of Kingston's Education and Community Engagement brochure to find out more.


Families also have the chance to enjoy drop-in programs that run throughout the summer, including 'Tales from the Rails'. This program is targeted to children ages 3 to 6 and is offered every Wednesday in July and August from 10:30-11:30am. Through storytelling, young visitors explore the magic of train travel in ways that captivate the imagination.

Based on last year's success, Culture and Company also returns on Friday afternoons from July 9 through August 13 from 1:30-3:30pm. For a nominal fee, visitors have the chance to listen to a variety of speakers discussing a range of interesting and engaging topics while enjoying tea and refreshments by the lake. A complete list of speakers will be available June 1 at <>.

The Pump House Steam Museum is open May 22 through September 5, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am-t4pm. Admission (plus applicable taxes) is $4.25 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and students, $1.25 for children and $9.50 for families.

For more information on events, programming and the history of the museum, please visit <> to sign up for our e-mail newsletter.

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