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.
“Nothing but heaps of coal and streets full of furniture.”
That is what William Hamilton Merritt described after Niagara burned to the ground in December, 1813 and American forces left the town in ashes. Battlefield Niagara is a unique exhibition that examines the local events of 1813 including the Battle of Fort George, the occupation of Niagara by American forces and the burning of Niagara. Come check out one of Ontario's best War of 1812 Collections. On display until December 31st, 2013.
As visitors enter the Museum they will explore 9,000 years of history in first gallery of the Museum.
Night of the Phoenix, December 7
Commemorating how the community rose from its ashes to rebuild Niagara after the burning 200 years ago. See our Events page for more details!
Rotary House Tour
Free Admission to the Museum from December 6th- 7th from 10AM to 5PM.
War of 1812 Bicentennial
For all Bicentennial events happening in Niagara-on-the-Lake, visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca
In the news
- APTN- First Nations Monument at Queenston Heights
- Bicentennial Videos
- NEW! Niagara-on-the-Lake's Bicentennial of the War of 1812 Magazine
- Feds Launch War of 1812 Anniversary Plans!
- Forget the ice cream and chocolates; Laura Secord - our first spy!
- War of 1812 Lecture Series at the Niagara on the Lake Historical Museum
- New Director for Museum
- War of 1812 projects get a funding boost
- Preserving their stories forever
- War of 1812 goes digital