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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.



life under canvas: niagara camp 1914-1919


An exhibition commemorating 100 Years of the First World War Training Camp in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Visit our exhibition page for more details.

For more information on Niagara Camp/Camp Niagara, visit


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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Video Exhibit

Enjoy a new audio/visual component to our permannet exhibition!

Generously funded by David Murray & Elizabeth Surtees, this project features 9 short videos about various aspects of Niagara-on-the-Lake's History

Visitors can check out a handheld tablet at the front desk and scan QR codes throughout the galleries to reveal the videos.

Produced by Barbara Worthy and 12th Street Productions with app development by Creative Bytes Studios.




What's New

First Fridays: Mustache Bash

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Catch culture after hours with a fun party in the galleries! Food, drink, music and more! For more information see our EVENTS page.

New book

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We have just released the much anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed On Common Ground. Training for Armageddon: Niagara Camp in the Great War, 1914-1919 by Richard D. Merritt is available at the Museum gift shop!.

For more information on Niagara Camp/Camp Niagara, visit

For More events please check out our Events Page!

Collections Website

The Museum launched a collections website in 2013. Over 3,500 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