Mission: To inspire an enduring connection to the maritime heritage of Kingston and the Great Lakes.

Vision: To be Canada's premier museum for studying, exhibiting and preserving the maritime heritage of Kingston and the largest body of inter-connected fresh water lakes in the world.

Welcome to the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is entering a new era in its 45-year history. Having recently purchased the Kingston Dry Dock property, a National Historic Site we occupied since 1975, transition plans for a new 21st Century Museum will soon be a reality. To fulfill our vision, the Board of Directors believes a bold and progressive strategic plan is needed to chart a new course. We intend to transform the Museum into a maritime cultural hub that actively embraces our one-of-a-kind, historic waterfront location in Kingston. We believe that the most successful museums in the 21st Century will continuously refine their strategies as the external landscape evolves, new lessons are learned and opportunities arise. In this spirit, our strategic plan is a dynamic document, defining a clear “destination” – where we want to be in 2025 – and encouraging flexibility and creativity throughout the journey.

Our plan aims to drive the positive changes necessary to create an unrivaled, sustainable Marine Museum that excels in delivering our mission and vision. The plan sharpens our focus with three strategic priorities developed to assure a clear path to success. It requires us to rethink how we organize our time and talent, and where we invest dollars. At the same time, the plan strongly reaffirms the Museum’s commitment to ensuring residents and families, as well as tourists, have access to our Museum, its waterfront, exhibits and programs. Finally, the plan strengthens our engagement with donors, non-profit organizations, key stakeholders and opinion leaders as essential drivers of innovation and positive change in our community. 

A vital component of culture, heritage and experiential education, is currently missing from Kingston. Our Museum has a community role to play in promoting life-long learning and non-formal knowledge transmission about our region’s unique and living maritime history. We intend to listen to and consult with citizens and stakeholders on how the Marine Museum can make a higher contribution to our community. In turn, this will help us fully establish our ultimate goals.

In the end, we need generous funding and volunteer support for our National Historic Site to be transformed indoors and out into a safe, welcoming space for a variety of programs, intercultural dialogue, creative play, and connecting people to our unparalleled waterfront. A revitalized Marine Museum has a unique potential to promote cultural and biological diversity, and protect our heritage. We have a mission to raise public awareness of the value and fragility of our region’s precious maritime environment. Our exhibits, programs, services and spaces will promote the responsibility of all citizens to contribute to the care and conservation of the planet’s greatest bodies of interconnected freshwater, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.  Read the complete Strategic Plan here.