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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

holiday closure

The Museum will be closed from December 18, 2018 to January 1, 2019. We will resume normal business hours starting on January 2, 2019.

job opportunity

We are hiring a Voices of Freedom Education Coordinator to assist with educational programming for the new Voices of Freedom Park in Niagara-on-the-lake. Click HERE for a detailed job description. Applications are due December 31, 2018.


2017 annual report

The 2017 Annual Report highlights the work of the Niagara Historical Society & Museum last year, including our generous donors and our financial outcome. Click HERE to read it


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