The RMC Museum of today is the successor of an earlier Museum started during the Great War by the Commandant, BGen C.N. Perreau, CMG, which continued at RMC until the Second World War when the College was closed to Cadet Service. During the War years the Museums collections were placed in storage at Fort Henry, with many items from that initial collection being transferred to other museums and organizations.
Two principal collections, the Douglas Arms and Leinster Plate were preserved, both having been received prior to the Second War.
In 1962, Brig W.A.B. Anderson, then Commandant of RMC, opened the current Museum in the Fort Frederick Martello Tower, which, with its surrounding ramparts, is the largest artefact in the Collection. Displays also exist elsewhere within the College. In addition to the objects on display, the RMC Museum has environmentally controlled storage and work spaces.
The RMC Museum is closed for the 2016 season while the Fort Frederick Martello tower undergoes restorations. Visitors are welcome to come to the peninsula and take a self-guided walking tour which highlights 13 significant Royal Naval Dockyard sites. Walking Tour brochures are available at Panet House.
The RMC Museum will also have an exhibitÂ installed in the advanced battery of Fort Henry. This exhibit features the Old Eighteen and New One Hundred and will open Victoria Day weekend.
RMC can be reached easily by the Hop On Hop Off Tour Trolley which visits the key historic sites of Kingston. Equally, visitors can drive to Fort Frederick, following the museum signs, but parking is limited.