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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.


The ARt of War: A Legacy of the Great War

Fort Mississauga

Life during wartime is unlike any other experience. Men and women along the European front lines and even those on the home front dealing with extraordinary circumstances needed to find ways to distract their attention from or deal with the horrors of war. Many found solace in documenting their experiences through poems, articles, singing, drawing, sewing and creating ornate pieces of art. These surviving pieces, like war memoirs or photographs, tell of their sacrifices.  It is their legacy which reminds us never to forget. In this exhibition, we commemorate the centenary of the First World War through various forms of artwork created during the period.

Our Story

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

984.5.135 Rye girls






What's New

Stoned in St.Davids, April 15th, 2014

A lecture of the Burning of St. Davids by Ron Dale, former Parks Canada historian. The event will take place at the Lion's Club in St. David's at 7pm. Please call the museum to reserve a spot!

A Garden Party on the Eve of the Great War: Commemorating the Declaration of the First World War, July 26, 2014

See Events page for details!

First World War Lecture Series

Our next lecture is April 17th: Allward and the Vimy Memorial: Representing Canada's Coming of Age by Julian Smith, Executive Director, Willowbank School of Restoration Arts. Call to reserve a spot! Tickets: $10 or free for members. See our Events page for more lecture dates and topics!

War of 1812 Bicentennial

1812 CommitteeFor all Bicentennial events happening in Niagara-on-the-Lake, visit

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