The story of Canadian health and medicine tells how people have preserved health and managed disease, pain, and suffering. The Museum of Health Care at Kingston strives to connect visitors with the experience of people in past times and provide context and perspective on today's health issues. It has one of the largest collections of medical and healthcare artefacts in Canada, and its research and collection catalogues are searchable on-line at Queen's University.
The mandate of the Museum of Health Care at Kingston is to preserve material culture and enhance understanding of the history of health and health care in Canada. In order to do this, the Museum acquires, conserves, researches, displays and interprets artefacts that help tell these stories. The Museum also serves as a primary resource for scholarly work on the history of health care. The Museum of Health Care at Kingston is the only mission-specific museum of health care in Canada.