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exhibitions

The Museum has three main exhibitions spaces.  The High School and Link Building contains our permanent exhibition, “Our Story”. The Lower Level of Memorial Hall is our temporary exhibition room.  In this area we change the exhibitions twice a year to provide interesting exhibitions that are relevant to the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Upper Level of Memorial Hall is the “Janet Carnochan Gallery,” a space that allows us to showcase different artefacts in the collection and that is changed on a regular basis.
Check out our past exhibitions section to learn more about the exhibitions and Niagara’s history.

NOTL Pop-Up Exhibits

With funding from the Niagara Region, the Niagara Historical Society & Museum is popping up around the community! Check out our different displays celebrating the history of 4 unique villages.

Old Town: July 1 - October 31, 2018

Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre at the Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen's Parade
On display you will find artefacts from Niagara Camp and from the trenches of the First World War, all from the Museum's collection. Learn about this history of Niagara Camp, the WWI training grounds in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Chamber of Commerce, Court House, Lower Level, 26 Queen Street
Learn fun facts about some of Old Town's most notable sites. A small display of artefacts from the Museum's collection also highlights the history of some of Queen Street's historic shops.

St. Davids: July 1 - July 30 , 2018

Ravine Winery, 1366 York Road
Explore the history of the village of St. Davids with descriptions about the War of 1812, mills, Stamford Springs Brewery, notable families, schools and industry. The display will also include artefacts related to St. Davids history from the Museum's collection.
Join us for a community launch on July 1st from 5 - 11 pm, part of Ravine's Canada Day celebrations.

Queenston: August 1 - August 30, 2018

Laura Secord Homestead, 29 Queenston Street
Explore the history of the village of Queenston with descriptions about travel and tourism, the effects of the War of 1812, notable figures and more. The display will also include artefacts related to Queenston history from the Museum's collection.
Join us for a community launch on August 1st from 3-5 pm.

Virgil: September 1 - September 30, 2018

Meridian Credit Union, 1567 Niagara Stone Road
Explore the history of the village of Virgil with descriptions about it's formation, the Mennonite community, industry and more. The display will also include artefacts related to Virgil history from the Museum's collection.
Join us for a community launch on September 1st from 12 - 2 pm.

 

Virtual Exhibitions

Google Arts & Culture

We are on Google Arts & Culture! Click HERE to check out our online exhibits.

Memories of Niagara

A joint project between the Niagara Historical Society and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, this online exhibit features the stories of individuals who have lived in the Town and Township of Niagara-on-the-Lake since the early 1900s. Click HERE to learn more about what it was like to live in Niagara before the 1970s through these informative oral history recordings.

Niagara on the Eve of War

A database that explores life in Niagara (Niagara-on-the-Lake) just prior to the War of 1812 through the knowledge of property owners and the war loss compensation claims which describe their homes both inside and out! Check out who was living in our Town just prior to its burning on December 10th, 1813. Click HERE to start learning more!

1812 History

A collaborative directory of archives, artefacts and other significant collections related to the War of 1812.

1812 History

Explore the War of 1812 through firsthand accounts, artifacts and primary source materials... 1812 History

 

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