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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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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 june

Walking Tours of Old Town
Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am beginning at the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park.  Tickets are $10 and include Museum admission.

Fridays in June at 6 pm
Neighbourhood Walks

Explore the history of two unique neighbourhoods.  Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.  Space is limited.
June 7: Queen Street Estates - SOLD OUT
June 14: Irish Town/Rye Park
June 21: Queen Street Estates
June 28: Irish Town/Rye Park - SOLD OUT

Learn about historic costuming and participate in daily workshops with Pam Mundy. Course runs Monday - Friday from 9:30 - 11:30 am daily at Navy Hall. Due to funding, the program is offered to seniors only (60+). Cost is $2 per day for materials. Advance registration required.

  • June 20: Art & Fashion Lecture Series
    Canadian Crowns: An Exhibition of Vintage & Contemporary Millinery by Canadian Designers – Norma Shepherd. Starts at 7:30 pm. $10 or free for members.


June 24 - Famous & Infamous  |  2 pm
Join us in the gallery for a presentation by a local resident, followed by a lively discussion about the life of a famous or infamous person from the past.
David Aurandt: Col Sam McLaughlin



trip to bermuda

Join us as we explore the history and culture of Bermuda November 14-19, 2019. Cost of the trip includes a donation to the Niagara Historical Society. For a full itinerary of the trip, cick HERE. Call us at 905-468-3912 for more information.

The Tiny Museum

We are building the "Tiny Museum"! Stay tuned for more information and look for a mobile museum around the community in the fall of 2019. Generously funded by:

Ontario Trillium Foundation

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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