Please note that the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation and the Kingston Archaeology Centre have closed. This site is still available for historical and informational reasons, but none of the services or products described here are available anymore.

Kingston Archaeological Centre

Kingston Archaeological Centre
Visit the Kingston Archaeological Centre at 611 Princess Street and touch a piece of history! Photo by Rory MacKay

The Kingston Archaeological Centre implements the Foundation’s community mandate by enhancing the public awareness and understanding of archaeology, by supporting the local archaeological profession, by contributing to the archaeological knowledge of the area, and by contributing to the wider archaeological community.

The Kingston Archaeological Centre was established in 1986 with the purpose of providing the community with a facility from which activities relating to the education, research, conservation, and management of the area’s archaeological resources could be coordinated.

It serves as the “Centre” for the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation’s activities, curating its archaeological collection including the cultural material, records, and reports associated with each archaeological site and running its educational initiatives/activities including its interpretive Centre, research facilities, educational programs and "Can You Dig It?"© summer archaeology program.

It includes laboratories for artifact processing, a climate controlled artifact storage area, research facilities including a library, archives, and artifact type collection, office space, a meeting room, and the Interpretive Centre.

The Kingston Archaeological Centre is located at 611 Princess Street in Kingston, Ontario and can be visited between 9:30am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday. The Interpretive Centre, Library, and Archives are open to the general public and tours of the artifact collections can be arranged by appointment.

Tour & Short Talk

For a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kingston Archaeological Centre and presentation about the Centre’s archaeological and research collection please contact the Centre at by phone at 613-542-3483