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events & programmes

The Museum and Society run a variety of events and programs to provide entertaining and educational activities for the residents and visitors of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  From quality lectures to musical performances in the galleries, we works hard at being a focal point of culture in Niagara.


Niagara Historical Society 2020 Lecture Series:  All Along the Waterfront

March 19: Peter Mulcaster | A Railway History of Niagara-on-the-Lake 1854–1959


April 16: Tony Chisholm | Marathon swimmers on Lake Ontario

May 21: Linda Fritz |Queenston: the Inland Port

June 18: David Gilchrist | The Navy Hall Underwater Archaeology Project

July 16: Peter Warwick | Launch Today: A Brief History Of Shipbuilding & Boat Building In Niagara

August 20: John Henry | The Cayuga and her consorts: Remembering those beloved Niagara-to-Toronto steamers

September 17: Terry Boulton | The Sorry Tale of Commercial Fishing in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Lectures start at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $10 for the general public or free for Niagara Historical Society Members.
Reservations required as seating is limited

Generously Sponsored by:

Geoffrey and Lorraine Joyner


community days

On the fourth Monday of each month, we are offering a free community day in appreciation of increased funding from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Admission is free to the galleries and the popular Famous & Infamous biography series will also be free and open to all.

FAMOUS & INFAMOUS: People & Events

Planned and organized by David Murray and
Liz Surtees

January - November  |  2 pm
Join us in the gallery for a presentation by a local resident, followed by a lively discussion about people and events from the past.

23 Mar  Suzanne Hebert: The Medicis (pt.1) POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 CLOSURE

27 Apr   Linda Fritz:         Somerset Maugham

25 May  Richard Ficek:    Roger Casement

22 Jun   David Aurandt:    Col. Sam                                                           McLaughlin (pt.2)

27 Jul    Gus Calderone:   Kim Philby

24 Aug   Michael Clark:    Simon Bolivar (pt.1)

28 Sep   Julian Rance:      Pioneer Aviation:                                               Alcock & Brown

26 Oct    Ron Dale:           Benjamin Lett

23 Nov   Lewis Ford:         Magda Goebbels                                               [& infanticide]



walking tours of old town

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.

NOTE: There will be no tour on September 12, 2020

Neighbourhood Walks:
Explore unique neighbourhoods in NOTL with your favourite museum guides! $10 per person; must be reserved in advance.

To purchase TICKETS, click on the tour date:

June 5: The Waterfront with Tony Chisholm

June 12: The Commons with Richard Merritt

in partnership with Parks Canada

June 19: Chautauqua with Rick Meloen

June 26: The Commons with Richard Merritt

in partnership with Parks Canada


Special Events

MAY 18 | International Museum Day
Free admission all day!

JUNE 4 | Janet Carnochan Day
Celebrate the Museum's founder with free admission all day!

AUGUST 3 | 11 AM - 4 PM
The Past is Present Heritage Festival:

Join us on the Museum grounds for historic demonstrations, live entertainment, food, a treasures sale and more!  Admission is free all day.

SEPTEMBER 12 | 12 - 4 PM
Niagara Polo:
The Niagara Historical Society's major fundraiser brings the Toronto Polo Club to the Commons for exciting, live polo! General admission, VIP and Lounge tickets available beginning May 1, 2020.  Visit for more information.

OCTOBER 24 | 10 AM - 5 PM

Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake: Visit several sites of historic and architectural significance in NOTL for free as part of the province-wide Doors Open Ontario initiative.  More information TBA.


Kid Curators Summer Camp

A week-long day camp for ages 6-12.  Campers will go on daily excursions and learn about the history of our community while having fun!  Cost is $125 per camper per week.

JULY 13 - 17: Tiny Museum Curators

AUGUST 10 - 14: All Along the Waterfront

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