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Located on the downtown waterfront and designated as a National Historic site, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston includes the original pump house and steam-driven engines that empty the massive limestone dry dock built in 1890.

The museum is situated on the site of the only federally built dry dock on the Great Lakes. Kingston Shipyard visitors can tour the Museum Ship Alexander Henry, a retired 3,000-ton Coast Guard icebreaker and buoy tender that now rests in the dry dock. There are also five museum galleries within the old Kingston Shipyard buildings that house a treasure trove of Great Lakes marine artifacts, models, images and paintings. The museum collections contain over 50,000 ship plans, 31,000 historic photo images, 3,500 linear feet of archives, 5,000 artifacts, and 12,000 books and periodicals.

What You'll See

The museum is situated on the site of the only federally built dry dock on the Great Lakes and Kingston Shipyard, which closed nine years after the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 and commercial shipping bypassed Kingston. The CCGS Alexander Henry, a former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker and buoy tender, is currently a museum ship preserved in the historic dry dock.

Some highlights you’ll see:

  • the new “Hundred Year Storm” Special 2013 Exhibit, marking the anniversary of the tragic Great Storm of 1913, also called the White Hurricane, wherein many ships were lost or destroyed and hundreds of sailors lives were lost.
  • the growth of ship building and shipping technologies,
  • the transition from sail to steam powered vessels,
  • the life of a sailor,
  • underwater archaeology and shipwreck gallery,
  • art of the Great Lakes,
  • local and regional history and our place on the Great Lakes.