Due to a a renewed threat of war with the United States in the early 1840's, it was decided to increase Kingston's defences and four stand alone redoubts (or Martello Towers) were built between 1846 and 1848. These Towers provided arcs of fire covering the entrance to Kingston harbour.
In 1890, the towers were deemed obsolete and were left to deteriorate. In 1920, the Murney Tower was saved by the Kingston Historical Society and was opened as a museum in 1925. Inside you can see the cannon that was designed to fire from the upper openings in the tower, as well as other artifacts.
Today you can visit the museum from mid May to Labour Day between the hours of 10am and 5pm. Admission is $3.
Built in 1846 at the time of the Oregon Crisis, Murney Tower was an addition to the defensive fortifications of Kingston. It is one of the finest Martello Towers in North America and served as military housing for more than 40 years after its completion. Operating as a museum since 1925, the tower has 3 floors that display a collection of military and domestic artifacts of 19th century Kingston.