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In 1907, the Niagara Historical Society opened Memorial Hall, Ontario's first purpose-built Museum.

Plan a visit to the Niagara-on-the-Lake 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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We are on Google Arts & Culture! Click HERE to check out our online exhibits.


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

Museum Gift Shop: Toy Catalogue

Need to put together an Easter basket and can't get to the store?  Check out these fun things from the Museum shop.  We can deliver a gift bag to your children or grandchildren in Niagara-on-the-Lake or you can pick up curb-side at the Museum..  Call us between 10 am and 5 pm to order over the phone 905-468-3912.



SOme Local History Trivia to get you throug h
COVID-19 Quarantine

How much do you know about Niagara-on-the-Lake and its communities?

Images of NOTL Trivia

History of Chautauqua Trivia

Local History Trivia

History of St. Davids Trivia

History of Queenston

History of Virgil

Found in NOTL

More to come!


museum closure

In light of the recent announcement from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Museum will continue to remain closed until further notice.

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance in these challenging times. We will continue to take guidance from our public health officials regarding the duration of this closure.

All planned programs, events, tours meetings and facility rentals will be rescheduled for a later date.

Please check our website or social media for immediate updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to email


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



Learn about Niagara-on-the-Lake's Black History with the new mobile walking tour. Visit to download the Balado Discovery app and search for "Voices of Freedom"!

Read HERE to learn about the award given to this project - the 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Conservation.


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