Calendar of Events & Activities

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"Sherlocked" Pop-Up Exhibit & Presentation  |  May 23 to 27, 2017

In partnership with Kingston Frontenac Public Library, the Museum of Health Care is presenting a display of medical instruments and patent medicines that Arthur Conan Doyle would have encountered in his work as a physician in late Victorian England. Daily from May 23 to 27 at the Isabel Turner Branch, during library hours. All ages. Drop in.

Don't miss Museum Curator Max Chouinard's short presentation "Between Cocaine and Ambition: Holmes Unfortunate Habit," about poisons, drug use in the Victorian period, and patent medicines. Part of the library's Mini-Conference at City Hall on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Drop in.

Pop-up Exhibit Location: Kingston Frontenac Public Library Isabel Turner Branch, 935 Gardiners Road, Kingston
Date & Time: Drop in Tuesday, May 23 to Saturday, May 27 during library hours
Cost: Free

Presentation: City Hall, Memorial Hall, Kingston
Date & Time: Drop in Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 pm.
Cost: Free

For more information about the Kingston Frontenac Public Library's weeklong series of "Sherlocked!" programs and events, visit their webpage.

Lots of Tots  |  June 9, 2017

Babies and their guardians can drop in to make friends and explore the science and history of health care through gentle play, crafts, and songs. Summer famil programs for ages 0-2 with adult accompaniment (older siblings are welcome).

Location: Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street
Date: 2nd Friday of the month, all summer: June 9, July 14, and August 11, 2017
Time: 10 to 11 am
Cost: By donation (suggested $3)
No registration required.
Information: 613-548-2419 or [email protected]


First Capital Day  |  June 15, 2017

At City Park: Encounter the fascinating world of health care history. The Museum of Health Care's interactive booth will feature a hands-on display of medical artefacts and activities. Pop by for a chance to test out your reflexes using a reflex hammer, listen to your heart beating using a stethoscope, examine real human bones, and learn some amazing facts about the history of health care in Kingston!

At the Museum of Health Care (32 George Street, just steps away from City Park): We will be open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. Explore this fascinating museum and National Historic Site to learn about the history of health care in Canada, or pick up “The Astonishing Past of the Kingston General Hospital” pamphlets embark on a self-guided walking tour. This outdoor walking tour takes about 60 minutes and explores the grounds and historic buildings of KGH. For information call 613-548-2419 or email [email protected]

Location: City Park AND the Museum of Health Care
Date:  Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Cost: Free

For more First Capital Day information & teacher resources, visit the City of Kingston's First Capital Day webpage.


Doors Open Kingston  |  June 17, 2017

The imposing, beaux arts-style Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site was a student nurses' residence from 1904-1969. It now houses the Museum of Health Care and its extensive collection of artefacts. Historical re-enactment, gallery and behind-the-scenes tours will tell the history of health care in Canada. Drop in to the Museum for free activities for all ages.

Free features offered:

  • Tours of the Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum of Health Care's collection storage areas
  • The Children's Gallery where families can enjoy a free craft area
  • Curator Max Chouinard will bring Museum exhibits to life with an ongoing, interactive historical re-enactment


For more information visit the Doors Open Ontario website.

Location: Ann Baillie Building, Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street
Date & Time: Drop in on Saturday, June 17, 2017 between10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Parking: Limited free parking available in Ann Baillie lot & upper GIDRU lot (George Street)
Cost: Free

Exhibition Opening  |  July 1, 2017

Quack: the Exhibit That Cures All!  ■ The Century: Medical Innovations of the 1800s Growing Pains: the 1867 Crisis at Kingston General Hospital

Free admission, tours, family-friendly activities, and refreshments.

Location: Ann Baillie Building, Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street
Date:  Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: Drop by between 10 am to 6 pm
Cost: Free
Information: 613-548-2419, [email protected]


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.


Quarantine Tent  |  July 1, 2017

Meet time-travellers from the past who are each recovering from a disease that was once common. Discover the amazing history of diseases, vaccination, and prevention

Location: At ArtFest Kingston in City Park (just steps away from the Museum of Health Care)
Date:  Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: Drop by between 10 am to 6 pm
Cost: Free
Information: 613-548-2419, [email protected]

This event is a partnership between the Museum of Health Care and Quarantine Tent

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. / Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.


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