Calendar of Events & Activities

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Medical Memories Summer Family Programs  |  July 8, July 22, August 5, or August 19

A hands-on exploration of over 150 years of medical advancement in Canada. Learn about healthcare practices around the time of Confederation. Handle medical artefacts and learn about treatments for various ailments by asking different "professionals" for their medical advice -- some advice will be scientifically sound and some will be quackery! Create and take home your own home remedy to a common ailment from the 1800s. Conclude your journey through Canada's medical history with an engaging talk about medicine and health care presented by a special guest!

Recommended for ages 6-12. Accompanying adults welcome. Pre-registration required (spaces are limited).

Location: Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street
Dates: Every other Saturday in July and August (July 8, July 22, August 5, OR August 19) 
Time: 10:00 am to noon
Cost: $3 per participant (no charge for accompanying adults)
Pre-registration required. 
To register: call 613-548-2419, email [email protected], or book online.



Lots of Tots  |  September 8, 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. 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: June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8, 2017
Time: 10 to 11 am
Cost: By donation (suggested $3)
No registration required.
Information: 613-548-2419 or [email protected]

View/download the poster.

Our thanks to The Rocking Horse toy store for their in-kind donation of new toys for our Lots of Tots program.


The Spanish Influenza: Exploring Kingston’s Deadly Epidemic of 1918  |  September 21, 2017

Free Public Lecture - In the fall of 1918, nearing the end of WWI, Kingston suffered from one of the deadliest epidemics in recorded history. As both an important military centre and in a prime geographic location near the St. Lawrence river, Kingston admitted thousands of people in permanent and temporary hospitals during both the war and Spanish flu outbreak. This is the story of the Limestone City and its fight to understand, control, and conquer the Spanish influenza. 

A lecture by Queen’s Medical Student and Margaret Angus Research Fellow Andrew Belyea. Refreshments will follow.

Special thanks to Trustees of the Estate of Larry Gibson, Graeme Fraser  and Jay Rayner, for their generous support of this fellowship.

Location: Watson Hall 517, 49 Bader Lane, Queen’s University
Date & time: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
Parking: Free evening parking in Queen's surface lots
No registration required.
Information: 613-548-2419, [email protected]

Photo (detail): QUA, Kingston Picture Collection, V23, PuB-GWVA Hall-1 Public Building - Great War Veterans Association Hall


History of Rehabilitation Therapy Special Display  |  September 22-23, 2017

Explore Kingston’s role in the rise of rehabilitation therapy in Canada from the 1940s to the 1960s. Artefacts, illustrations, and historical documents will trace the rich history of rehabilitation therapy in Kingston from World War II to 1967, when Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy opened its doors to its first students. Free tours on the history of rehabilitatio therapy available.

This project is a partnership between Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy and the Museum of Health Care in celebration of the School’s 50th Anniversary.

Location: Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street
On View: Friday, September 22, 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday, September 23, 10 am to noon
Cost: Admission by donation.
Information: 613-548-2419 or [email protected]

Images derived from: Massage and Remedial Exercises in Medical and Surgical Conditions (pg. 92), by Noël M. Tidy, 1941, Bristol: John Wright and Sons Ltd. 


KGH History for Kids  |  September 29, 2017

This eye-opening outdoor memory and mapping activity for young historians includes revelations of plagues, politicians, doctors, immigrants, and nurses, and spans nearly 100 years! Guided by museum staff, participants will peek inside buildings of two National Historic Sites. Working from an activity sheet, children test their visual observation and chart their course on a map. The walking tour will be followed by a hands-on activity at the Museum.

Suitable for ages 6-12 (accompanying adults are welcome). Pre-registration required (spaces are limited). This is a P.A. Day* Program and Culture Days event.

Location: Tour begins and ends at the Museum of Health Care, Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site (32 George Street)
Date & Time: Friday, September 29, 2017 from 10-11 am
Cost: Free
Pre-registration required: Please call (613) 548-2419, email [email protected], or book online.

*P.A. Day (Professional Activity Day) for the Limestone & Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Boards.


Spooky Scavenger Hunt  |  October 27, 2017

Drop by on the October 27th P.A. Day* to explore the Museum of Health Care like never before! Darkened galleries, flashlights, and challenging, age-appropriate scavenger hunts will create an exciting atmosphere to learn strange and spectacular facts about the history of medicine. See a selection of jaw-dropping artefacts not normally on display. A prize draw will be held for participants.

Spooky scavenger hunts will be available for all ages. A special "bug hunt" for ages 0-6 will be set up in the Children's Gallery. Adult accompaniment required.

Location: Museum of Health Care, 32 George Street
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: Drop in between 10 am and 4 pm
Cost: By donation
No registration required.
Information: 613-548-2419 or [email protected]

*P.A. Day (Professional Activity Day) for the Limestone & Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Boards.


Past Events

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