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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.




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.

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




What's New

Niagara Polo Returns!

poloThe Niagara Historical Society & Museum hosts Niagara Polo on the Commons September 8, 2018. Visit for details and tickets.

historical england trip

Hadrian's Wall

We have partnered with CAA Tuxedo Tours to offer a two week trip to England exploring lesser known historical gems. There will be an info session at the Museum on April 12th at
2 pm.
Please call us to sign up for the session. Details can be found HERE


Community Days

On the third Sunday of each month we are offering a free community day in appreciation of increased funding from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Admission is free to the galleries and the popular Famous & Infamous biography series will also be free and open to all.


Summer Employment

We are hiring 2 students for the summer! Applicants must be full-time students this school year and intend on returning full-time in the fall. For full job description and details, select the position below. Resume with covering letter due March 30, 2018.

Curatorial Assistant 2018

Program Assistant 2018

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