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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

Free admission in february!

Come visit us at no charge for the whole month of February!  We are open daily from
1 pm to 5 pm, including weekends. 


black history month


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"!

We are Hiring for the Summer!

Students can experience what is like to work at a museum for the summer!  Click HERE to read the job descriptions for Curatorial Assistant and Program Assistant.  Resumes with cover letter are due March 4, 2020.

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