Murney Tower

The Murney Tower is open each day until  Labour Day, 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Admission is free for KHS members, and children under 12, $5 for adults, $4 for Students, Seniors and Military, or $12 for a group of 4 or more.
Please call 613 507 5181 or email ( if you plan to visit with a large group.  

Come take a fantastic journey back through time and tour from the long range cannon high above…to the armoury stores deep within.
Built in 1846, at the height of the Oregon Crisis, as part of the defensive fortifications of Kingston, the Murney Tower stands as one of the finest Martello towers in North America. The architecture and construction of the tower are unique, and the masonry work is unsurpassed on this continent. This redoubt was never attacked, but served as military housing for over forty years after its completion. Since 1925 it has operated as a museum. For more on the Tower, click here

KHS Meetings

Guests and visitors are always welcome.  The Seniors Centre is at 56 Francis Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The meetings include a brief business report and a guest speaker followed by a question period and refreshments. Talks are usually illustrated and cover many aspects of regional history. 

Download the Annual Report here

Wednesday September 18th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, John Morgan will talk on

Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie

Wednesday October 16th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, David Gordon will talk on 

Two Visions to Address the Sydenham Ward “Slum”:
Urban Renewal in Kingston, 1958-70

Wednesday November 20th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, John Grenville will talk on

Fortifications Survey of Kingston:
Britain’s response to the American Civil War


Saturday February 22nd: Heritage Dinner. See below for details.

Thursday, June 6th at 1:30 pm : The Kingston Historical Society hosts a Commemoration Service for Sir John A. Macdonald at his grave in the Cataraqui Cemetery National Historic Site on the June 6th, every year.

Information: Alan MacLachlan, Commemoration Service Chair. (613) 549-8841 or (613) 453-7078 (cell).  Email:

The Canadian Heritage Dinner

The Canadian Heritage Dinner, sponsored by the KHS, is held during  Heritage Week. On February 22nd 2020, we will welcome Dr. Laura Brandon to speak in the Senior Staff Mess of the Royal Military College. Her talk will examine how the Group of Seven were interpreters of World War One. She is is a freelance writer, curator, and lecturer specializing in international and Canadian war art. From 1992 to 2015, she was the Historian, Art & War at the Canadian War Museum. She has written and lectured internationally for nearly 40 years and curated more than 45 exhibitions. She is currently an Adjunct Research Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture and in the History Department at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON and a Research Associate at the Canadian War Museum. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015.

Outside Events of historical interest (open to the public)

Tuesday August 13th, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Murney Tower:

Come to “A Night in the Barracks” on August 13th to experience the life of Murney Tower soldier during the 1850’s! This new event, as a fundraiser for the Kingston Historical Society, will feature beers, games, and music, to experience the everyday activities of a Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment soldier.

A Night in the Barracks will feature 19th century games and toys, provided by Minotaur, and the Kingston Wood Turners. Draft Brewing will be selling their new and exciting brews for the event and wine will be sold as well. Queen’s University music students will be providing live music for the event and complementary snacks and baked goods will be provided as well.

Tickets will be sold for $10.00 in advance and $13.00 at the door. If you have questions please message the Murney Tower Museum Facebook page or call us at 613-507-5181

Thursday, August 22, 2019:Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites announces an Open House at the Printing Room Museum, Providence Manor, 138 Ordnance Street, Kingston, ON. 3-7 p.m. Enter through exterior door off Ordnance Street (entrance has stairs).

The Printing Room will be closing in September.
This will be your last chance to see this hidden gem.

Wednesday September 25, 7 p.m. at Meeting Room 1 (formerly the Wilson Room) at the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library at 130 Johnson Street, Kingston, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation will present Toon Dreessen,  President of Dreessen Cardinal Architects and former President of the Ontario Association of Architects. He will be speaking about the importance of built heritage to the region.

Saturday September 28, 2019 in  St. Paul’s Church Hall, 137 Queen Street, at 1:00 pm. The United Empire Loyalists present, free to all interested in early Canadian history,  Dean Taylor talking on “Heading North, Moving West” –  how families of Castine Loyalists who settled St. Andrews, NB ended up in southwestern Ontario. More details here.