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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.



Janet's Gems

Janet's Gems

An exhibition celebrating 120 years of the Niagara Historical Society collection!

Visit our exhibition page for more details.



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


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


Expressions of Interest

The Niagara Historical Society is requesting Expressions of Interest (EOI), from parties with suitable qualifications, for design, approvals and contract administration for the expansion and renovation of our Museum buildings.

Please see EOI here.

Deadline June 29th, 2016 @5pm.

5 and Dime Film and Music Series!

Outdoor Screenings paired with Live Music at the Niagara Historical Museum

Music starts at 8:45 pm | Movie(s) to follow
$5 donation | Popcorn: 10 cents
Bring your own comfy chair if you wish

JUNE 20:  Film Noir
FILM: The Hitchhiker (1953)
MUSIC:  Music Niagara 

Generously funded by the Region of Niagara

Join us on June 15th for a Seminar on Truth and Reconciliation from 7-9pm. Tickets are $25 each. Please contact the Museum to reserve a spot. Space is limited.
P. 905-468-3912



The Museum presents “The Sport of Kings” on the Commons: Niagara Polo 2016! 

Spectators can enjoy a live polo match here in Niagara, half time entertainment and divot stomp, food & drink vendors, artisan vendors and more

Time: 12 noon - 5:00 pm
Gates open at 11:00 am . 

General admission is $15
Children 12 and under - Free

Free parking

Buy Tickets Here for Niagara Polo!

Wear your best hat and join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake for Niagara Polo 2016!


For More events please check out our Events Page!


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


In the news

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