The Museum of Health Care at the Ann Baillie Building - Historic Places Days

The Museum of Health Care at the Ann Baillie Building

Kingston, Ontario
32 George Street, Kingston, ON, Canada
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10 am - 4 pm* *Temporarily closed due to COVID-19
The most tangible evidence of Kingston General Hospital’s former role in nursing education is the Ann Baillie Building, now home to the Museum of Health Care.

Designed by Kingston architect William Newlands and known as the Nurses’ Home, the hospital erected the residence in 1903-4 as the first permanent accommodation for nursing students. Intended to house 26 nurses, it replaced earlier accommodations in the hospital itself, close to the wards and possible contagion from patients.

This impressive beaux-arts-style limestone building with its commanding columned portico and high ceilings was meant to attract respectable, unmarried young women to nursing and to assure parents that their daughters would be adequately supervised.

Designated a National Historic Site in 1998 and now home to the Museum of Health Care, the Ann Baillie Building continues as a symbol of the nursing profession’s struggles for recognition and nurses’ contribution to health care in the community and hospital.


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

The Museum of Health Care is home to Canada’s largest collection of health related artifacts–over 35, 000!

Over 14, 000 items from the Museum’s collection have been digitized and can be accessed through our website.


32 George Street, Kingston, ON, Canada
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