Kingston, ON- The Museum of Health Care is participating in Doors Open Kingston this coming
weekend. The highlight of this year’s event will be the Behind the Scenes Collections Tour which will
allow visitors to explore areas of the Museum usually unseen by the public.
Have you ever wondered what a museum does with all the artifacts that are not on display? What lies
below the Museum galleries in rooms that often go unseen by the public? This weekend, all those
questions will be answered! The Museum of Health Care is home to one of Canada’s largest collections
of health care related artifacts—over 35, 000 to be exact. This weekend, special Behind the Scenes tours
will allow visitors to see much of the Museum’s extensive collection.
“Like icebergs, museums have a lot going on beneath the surface,” says Curator Rowena McGowan.
“Collections work is vital to keeping a museum running, but most of the year, it’s almost invisible. We
look forward to giving visitors a sneak peek at how we care for the numerous and varied items the
At the Museum of Health Care, Canada’s healthcare story will be brought to life not only through Behind
the Scenes tours, but special artifact displays, crafts, a scavenger hunt and guided tours. Find the full
schedule on the Museum of Health Care’s blog site: https://museumofhealthcare.blog/doors-open-
2022-at-the-museum-of-health-care/ . The Museum will be open Saturday, September 24th 10am-4pm
and Sunday, September 25th 10am-4pm. Masking remains required for all guests while on the premises.
Mask will be available at the Museum free of charge.
Given the capacity limits of the Museum’s collections room, registration for Behind the Scenes tours is
required. Those interested can register here: https://museumofhealthcare.blog/doors-open-2022-at-
“This event gives the opportunity for Kingstonians to explore areas of the city that are often closed to
visitors at this time of year, or all together”, says Programming & Communications Coordinator, Claire
Notman. “Though we are open year-round, very few visitors realize they are entering a National Historic
Site when they walk into the Museum of Health Care. The Ann Baillie Building was built in 1904 to
attract wealthy young women to the nursing profession, and represents the struggles they endured to
earn respect as professionals. Any opportunity we get to share that story with the public is exciting for
The Doors Open Kingston event is organized by the Kingston and Area Association of Museums, Art
Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM) and is completely free to the public.