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Collection & research

In this section, explore the many areas of Niagara’s past that make this such a unique experience. Check out the books, publications and essays linked on the left hand side of the page or view our collection and publications in the other repositories below.

The Collection
The Society owns one of Ontario’s most significant collections of artefacts.  The strengths of the collection include early Canadian furniture, textiles, militaria and documents.   If your interests are in early textiles, furniture, military history, early tourism or any other aspects of Canada’s history before World War I, you must explore what our Museum has to offer.  Our Collection Database features several pieces from our collection. The database is constantly changing as more is added each month! Click on the Collections Database link on the left to explore what's accessible online!

Please note that digital images ordered through our online database are subject to a $15 fee. In addition, if images are being purchased for commercial use, additional fees may apply. You will be contacted by Museum staff regarding your request and pricing.

You can also check out some of our collection by using the Our Ontario widget below or in our PHOTO GALLERY.

Our Ontario


First World War (WWI) Collection

WWI Collection Guide (click to view collection). The Museum has completed a listing of our WWI collection. It contains a variety of documents and artifacts including posters, trench art, postcards, photographs, medals, pins, weaponry, scrapbooks and newspaper articles. If you have an questions or comments, please contact the Museum. Please make sure to check our online Collections Database for new additions that have yet to be added to the Guide.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage Portal

For more access to Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage, click here.
Collections include:
Gerda Molson Collection
Niagara Masonic Lodge No. 2
Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Hall Museum
Queenston Collection
St. Mark's Anglican Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Shaw Festival
Town of Niagara Records

For the Niagara Historical Society's collection, click here.

Children's Guides for Niagara's History
These little guides will provide some ideas of where information is available to find out more about the rich history of Niagara-on-the-Lake, it also provides links and suggested topics of research. Please contact the Museum if you have any questions
Niagara-on-the-Lake and the War of 1812
Isaac Brock
Fort George

War of 1812 Quick Fact Sheet
1812 Crossword Puzzle: Test your knowledge on the War of 1812. Use the fact sheet provided for help! For the answer sheet, please contact the Museum at
1812 Cootie Catcher



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