Come And Imagine What It Was Like
The Frontenac County Schools Museum began as a project to celebrate Kingston's Tercentenary in 1973. A small group of retired educators spent many hours researching schools, photographing sites, collecting books and artifacts, and microfilming hundreds of school records. In 1977, the Museum Association was formally established. The museum opened to the public in 1979. In 2006, it moved to its present location, 414 Regent Street, in historic Barriefield Village.
Fall Season Hours

NEW HOURS   September to December

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Other times may be possible, by appointment. Please call the museum   613 544-9113

Come and see our new displays

"Good Old Schools Days"

New book available in time for Christmas!
"Good Old Schools Days" is a compilation of articles written by Gord Sly for the Schools Museum
and published in The Kingston Whig-Standard from 2014 to the present.
The stories are from Kingston area and beyond, some going back as far as the eighteenth century.
Step back in time to those 'good old school days' of your youth and past generations.

A great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.
Contact the museum to reserve your copy now.

A Dickens Christmas with an Old Fashioned Christmas Concert

November 20 - December 15
Class bookings are available between 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Dates are filling up. Reserve a spot for your class soon.

Book your time by calling the museum 613 544-9113 or by emailing us at

At the Museum

  • November 13-17  Beyond Classrooms class    Museum closed to visitors
  • November 22   Residents of Rideaucrest visit
  • November 29   Board meeting 9:30 a.m.

Volunteer Oportunities
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?      Please consider one of these opportunities:

- Light General Cleaning: Twice a month or an hour a week; Vacuum, dust, tidy the public spaces.
- Costume Supervisor: Check through costumes used by visiting school children for wear and tear and launder once a month.
- Gift Buyer: Three times a year or as needed; Locate thoughtful gifts for people who provide special services to the museum. Following approval of the Board, purchase the gifts.
- Gardener: Bi-weekly during growing season; Clean and maintain our very tiny garden.
- Handyman/woman: As needed; Depending on skills; Hang pictures, do minor repairs and maintenance, paint, light construction.

If you are not sure that you want to make a regular commitment, we also have several small, one-time tasks.
You do not have to be a retired teacher. Contact the musuem to find out more.


414 Regent Street
Barriefield, (Kingston) ON
K7K 5R1


Phone: 613-544-9113
Official KAM Selected Treasure
A letter of condolence to Lady Macdonald upon the death of her husband, Sir John A. Macdonald
Collection of Canadian Authors
For King and Country
A Story of 1812
    Year-round Museum activities include participation in:
  • Classroom lessons with a "Schoolmistress"
  • Special Events
  • Heritage Interpretation through viewing and discussing exhibits in the Gallery
  • Identifying Artifacts used in Pioneer Schools
  • Enjoying the books used in early times
  • Research facilities