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Arts & Culture

A World of Culture

Cultural attractions in Kingston come in many forms – from historic landmarks such as Fort Henry to the wonderfully unique Woodworking Museum and a fine art collection featuring works by Rembrandt, we have it all here!

Immerse yourself in our thriving performing arts scene – Kingston is home to many unique facilities and performing arts companies that ensure incredible concerts and events happen year-round.

Kingston is Canada’s museum capital with something for everyone at over 26 museums and historic sites. From small, specialized museums to national historic treasures, you can experience Canada’s past through our many exhibits, guided tours, and special programs.

Kingston has been inspiring artists for centuries. Explore our many boutique galleries to discover the next big thing or visit the old masters at the Agnes to get inspired.

Established in 1673, Kingston is one of Canada’s oldest cities. Our historic treasures are numerous and include Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site - The Rideau Canal and the Kingston Fortifications.

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry, along with the Rideau Canal and the Kingston Fortifications was named Ontario’s first UNESCO Designated World Heritage Site in 2007. Visitors can experience 19th century military life through guided tours, scenic views, and meticulous military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard.

Kingston Penitentiary

Kingston Penitentiary has become one of the city’s most popular destinations after ceasing operations and re-opening its doors as a tourist attraction in 2013. Unlock 178 years of history when you step behind the stone walls of Canada’s oldest maximum security facility.

Murney Tower National Historic Site

Built in 1846, Murney Tower is one of the finest Martello Towers in North America. A museum since 1925, it has an extensive collection of 19th-century military and domestic artifacts.

Other interesting sites

  • Bellevue House
  • Cataraqui Cemetery National Historic Site of Canada
  • Kingston City Hall National Historic Site of Canada
  • Kingston Mill Lock Station
  • Lower Burial Ground

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