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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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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

What's on In july


Join our guides for a walk through town, Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am beginning at the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park. Tickets are $10 and include Museum admission.

July 22: FAMOUS & INFAMOUS - Francesco Franco
Join us in the gallery for a presentation by a local resident, followed by a lively discussion about the life of a famous or infamous person from the past. Free Admission; starts at 2 pm.

OUTDOOR YOGA IN THE COURTYARD – July 22, 29 at 9:30 am

Join Sonya Marie de Lazzer (RYT 200) for a gentle morning Hatha yoga practice; a mindful and meditative approach to opening the day, and the body, with softness.  All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat and props (props optional). $15 drop-in.



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"!

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

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The Niagara Historical Society welcomes the Snowbirds on September 11, 2019. Come to be spellbound by the world-famous Snowbirds as they perform amazing aerobatics. More event details to come!

Thanks to our Snowbirds Sponsors!


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