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 20th

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 purchase your copy for $20.

At the Museum

  • December 12   School visit - Bayridge
  • December 13   School visit - Bayside Montessori
  • December 14   School visit - LaSalle
  • December 15   School visit - LaSalle
  • December 20   Last day open in 2017

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

- Schoolmarm or schoolmaster: act as schoolteacher for visiting classes
- Help to catalogue the museum's artefact collection (training provided)
- Special event help: occasional; help with special events at the museum
- Light General Cleaning: Twice a month or an hour a week; Vacuum, dust, tidy the public spaces.
- 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