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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.



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Visit our exhibition page for more details.

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We are on Google Arts & Culture! Click HERE to check out our online exhibits.


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.

For a full credit list of images seen in the videos click here.




What's New

What's on in march

Part of our Art & Fashion Lecture Series. Lectures start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for the general public or free for Niagara Historical Society Members.

    Free admission to this program and to the museum galleries for this Community Day.

Join us at 3 pm for a screening of the Polish documentary about the Polish army at Camp Kosciuszko in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Free admission. View the trailer HERE

To register for this event, click HERE

We are hiring for the SUmmer!

We are accepting resumes with cover letter for 2 summer positions. Click HERE to read our job descriptions. Applications are due March 29, 2019.

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The Niagara Historical Society welcomes the Snowbirds on September 11, 2019. Come to be spellbound by the world-famous Snowbirds as they perform amazing aerobatics. More event details to come!


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