Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation / Kingston Archaeological Centre
Tourism Region: Kingston
An non-profit foundation and museum committed to the education and research of archaeology in the Kingston area. Our museum houses a substantial collection of artifacts obtained through local excavations. Generally our collection houses objects dating from Pre-History to Loyalist times.
About the Collections
Our collection is based on the excavations conducted by the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation. The museum holds a collection that varies from pre-history to Loyalist objects. A substantial amount of this collection is based on finds from the excavation of Fort Frontenac.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 1,000,000+
The public has access to land registries, photographs, maps, microfilm.
Architectural Records •
Cartographic Materials •
Electronic Records •
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Other: Land registry records for townships around Kingston and pre-amalgamated City of Kingston. Need to have researched instrument number prior to visit
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork
Our entire collection is based on the human history of the Kingston area dating from pre-history onward. Some of the artifacts housed are ceramics, metals, glass beads,and arrowheads.
Exploration and Survey
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Services & Activities
Join us in July and August for the summer camp, "Can You Dig It?". This camp allows people from ages 8 and up to learn in an archeaological environment. The campers are taught excavation methods, mapping, surveying, assessing, clean-up, reporting and exhibition. Intervals of week long sessions take place in a local excavation site. The students will become archeaologists digging into the Canadian past. Make learning fun with hands-on experience. We have now March Break programming with lots of fun and new projects. This experience is a non-digging programme.
Available to the public is our archives, library and research room. We also offer research on your behalf at a small fee for service.
Archival Records •
Conservation or Restoration •
Information Centre •
Slide Library •
Video Library •
Conference or Symposium
Other: Curation of museum and personal archaeological collections
In conjunction with local schools, we are involved in Focus Programs for highschool students wishing to have a more hands on approach to learning. While obtaining school credit the students learn excavation techniques, mapping,surveying, some restoration and excavation clean up and reporting.
There are a variety of school programs offered at affordable prices,varying from one hour to half day.
We have both out-reach and in-house programs.
Always welcome are students wishing to complete university or college internships. As well as high school co-op students.
Classes or Workshops
Discovery Room or Centre
Other: We have public workshops and lectures year round.
A library and archives that is open to the public. The Foundation houses an interpretive museum to those interested in Kingston archaeology.
Films and Videos
Accessible by Public Transportation
Information Centre or Desk
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Other: Partially wheel chair accessible. Washrooms are not fully equipped.
Other Guided Tours: Our intrepretative signage is bilingual
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 3-5
Activities: Washing of artefacts found at excavation site. Some minor library services/cataloging and other needed work when necessary.
Free access to facility and two newsletters a year. Discounted fees on education programs and special invitations to Foundation events.
Local Tourism Links
Publications and Products
We have the first two books of a series of books for purchase with help from Ontario Community Builders fund. Brochures available. Videos and books about Kingston's heritage can be borrowed from the Foundation's library. Our members receive a newsletter and discounts to programs and activities.
Educational kits •
Scholarly Papers •
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps •
72 Gilmour Avenue
Hours of Operation
During school months we offer several types of educational programmes both at the school and at our facility/excavation site (when available. We have two public occaisions when then general visitor is welcome at our facility and at the excavation site. We have summer and March Break programming for children and adults.
Open: Open 9:00 -4:00
Closed on weekends and Statutory holidays
Large groups are advised to call ahead.