February 1 - December 31, 2013
“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. This exhibition examines local events that occured during the 1813 year of the War of 1812 including the Battle of Fort George, the occupation of Niagara by American Forces and the burning of Niagara. Come check out one of Niagara's most impressive War of 1812 collections on display now!
As visitors enter the Museum they will explore 9,000 years of history in the first gallery of the Museum. This gallery contains artefacts from the Museum as they relate to the chronological history of the town. From Native history to the tourism boom of the 1970s, the gallery contains such significant artefacts as a powder horn belonging to Chief Joseph Brant, the Indian Department Coatee worn by Daniel Servos during the American Revolutionary War, uniforms from the War of 1812 and other items from Niagara's long history.
The Carnochan Gallery
The upper gallery of Memorial Hall is dedicated to the founder of the Museum and Society, Janet Carnochan. The gallery contains various significant artefacts in the collection. These range from paintings to early Canadianna furniture. The artefacts are rotated on a regular basis to show visitors the impressive collection secured by the Museum.