Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Saturday June 28^th only, Marine Museum will be offering free admission

On Saturday June 28^th only, the Marine Museum will be offering free admission in honour of Doors Open Kingston.

Doors Open Kingston is part of a province-wide initiative to make Ontario's heritage sites accessible to the public, allowing residents and visitors a first hand demonstration of Ontario's hidden heritage treasures. Doors Open Kingston is held in conjunction with First Capital Days, a two-week celebration of the city's role as the first capital of a United Canada.

The Museum's current special exhibit, entitled 'Art and Craft of the Mariner,' features the paintings, photography, model ships and other crafts of seamen. In line with this theme, for this year's Doors Open, museum staff will offer hands-on demonstrations of knot tying and rope-making on the Museum's front lawn from 10 am until 4 pm. In case of rain, the demonstrations will be held indoors. In addition, guided tours of the museum's largest artifact, a retired Coast Guard Ship, the "Alexander Henry", will be given at 11 am and 2 pm.

The Marine Museum collects, preserves and presents the maritime history of the Great Lakes and Kingston's shipbuilding past, including a limited number of watercraft. The Museum is located at 55 Ontario Street and is now open daily, from 10 am to 4 pm. Researchers wishing to use the Audrey Rushbrook Memorial Library or the Gordon C. Shaw Study Centre are advised to call first for an appointment.

Further information: Yolande Pottie-Sherman, Ship Interpreter 613 542-2261 or [email protected]

Further information: Gillian White, 613 542-2261 or [email protected]


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