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Established in 1895, the Niagara Historical Society is dedicated to understanding the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The most important aspect of the work of the Society is the maintenance of the Museum collection which began in 1896 and is one of Ontario's most important collections. Plan a visit to the Niagara Historical Society Museum to discover the unique stories of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located 20km north of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake provided a new home for refugees, was the capital of Upper Canada, was in the middle of a war zone and visited by millions as a place of recreation for over 100 years; these stories play a major role in the development of Canada.




Enjoy Your Stay

Enjoy Your Stay

The charms of Niagara-on-the-Lake are numerous in themselves and the resort-like community that emerged in the late 1800s, along with the easy distance to other points of interest, greatly added to its attractiveness. 

The historic hotels and inns of Niagara-on-the-Lake are numerous. This exhibition provides a snapshot of some of the former most popular places for visitors to enjoy their stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Our Story

Permanent Exhibition
As visitors enter the Museum they will explore 9,000 years of history in first gallery of the Museum.

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What's New

great war lecture series

March to October, 2015

Our 2015 lecture series has been released! Check out our EVENTS page for details. Our next lecture is April 16th at 7:30 pm.

International Museums
May 18:

Free admission to the Museum

For More events please check out our Events Page!

Collections Website

The Museum launched a collections website in 2013. Over 2,500 items have been uploaded but there is so much more to come! Check it out by clicking HERE.

Research services

Our research services were closed for a few months while we underwent a storage reorganization and installation of new shelving in our archives. Our research services are now available again thanks to funding from The Government of Canada's Museum Assistance Program and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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A new War of 1812 Bicentennial legacy project is being planned for Queenston Heights. It will be a lasting memorial to the natives that fought to help preserve Upper Canada 200 years ago. More details please visit


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® Image: View of Fort George, Oil on canvass, C. Kreighoff 1823