Niagara Falls History Museum

One of the best, most affordable and enjoyable visits for people of all ages.

Visitors to the Museum in the heart of Niagara Falls will experience history during their visit. While here try on a replica uniform from the War of 1812 and feel the wool and the weight of a musket, build a bridge to span the Niagara Gorge or walk the tightrope like the daredevils from the past.

The Museum is housed within the old Stamford Town Hall built in 1874. The Lundy's Lane Historical Society was given the building in 1971, becoming the Lundy's Lane Historical Museum. On January 1st, 2010, the City of Niagara Falls took direct operation of the museum and it became Niagara Falls History Museum. Housing a vast collection of Niagara Falls history, the Museum provides a showcase for the unique past of the famous city. The Museum's recent $12M renovation and expansion creates a dynamic space to examine and explore our diverse history. It re-opened to the public on July 21, 2012. The renovation and expansion was designed by Toronto architecture firm Moriyama and Teshima, and now features three remarkable galleries telling the most compelling Niagara Falls stories with engaging hands-on exhibitions. The Museum is located within steps of the Drummond Hill Cemetery, the focal point of the Battle of Lundy's Lane, considered the "bloodiest battle" of the War of 1812. The starting point for any trip to this battlefield will be a visit to the Museum.

  • Niagara Falls History Museum
  • Back of Niagara Falls History Museum

Galleries

Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery

This gallery interprets the War of 1812 with a primary focus on the Battle of Lundy's Lane and houses one of Canada's best 1812 collections. This space is designed with audio-visual ambiance of war and hands-on activities such trying on a military coatee, handling a musket and feeling the weight of a cannon ball. The collection includes uniforms, weaponry, equipment, relics, buttons and archival records relating specifically to the Battle of Lundy's Lane and to the War of 1812.

Community Gallery

The community gallery provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about various aspects of Niagara Falls as a community.  The people, the culture, geology, social life, industry and dare devils who attempted to conquer the falls are among the highlighted topics in this gallery. We have a geology interactive which at the touch of buttons illuminates rocks extracted from different parts of the falls. A bridge building interactive allows visitors the opportunity to build bridges across the falls. And for the brave at heart, we have a ‘tight-rope walk' going across the falls.

  • Museum gallery of battle uniforms
  • Museum case

The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Our temporary gallery houses travelling exhibitions from other museums on a short-term basis, providing us with the opportunity of hosting 3 to 4 different exhibits every year. Our visitors are expose to exhibits which otherwise may not have been easily accessible, and our regular or repeat visitors have something new to see on each visit. Past exhibitions in this gallery include: “Electricity” from the Ben Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, USA; “Art-of-Fact” from the Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines,  Ontario; “Fakes and Forgeries” from the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario and “Ordinary Live, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences During World War II” from Columbus Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Check out our current exhibitions.

Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday       10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday           10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday               10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday         10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday               10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission:

Adult (20+) = $5.00
Students (6-19 years old or with valid student ID) = $4
Children (Under 6 years old) = Free
Family (Up to 5 people – max. 3 adults) = $15

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Holiday Closures:

The museum is closed on New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Labour Day, Christmas Eve (closed at 3 p.m.), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, December 27th and New Years Eve (closed at 3 p.m.)


Services:

Guided Tours: We offer guided tours to groups, which must be booked in advance.

Accessibility: The Museum is easily accessible by wheelchair with a reserved wheelchair parking spot at the back of the Museum and ramps at both front and back entrances. For more on our accessiblity check out the report on our facility by Accessible Niagara.

Washrooms: There is a family washroom on the main floor which is wheelchair accessible and more washrooms downstairs in the basement.

Parking: There is a large parking lot and bike racks at the back of Museum through Sylvia Place.

Gift Shop: The Museum gift shop carries many souvenirs and gift items including books, jewelry, toys, candies, clothing and much more. We also offer 10% discount to all our members.

Currently, Bus Route #1,2,3,4,5,6 & 10 stop within steps of the Museum at the Main and Ferry Transfer point 

The Niagara Falls History Museum stop is #206 on the Red Line for the WEGO 

Rental Space for meetings and events:

  • Theatre/Multi-purpose room with modern audio-visual equipment, with a sitting capacity of up to 70 people and adaptable for different types of sitting arrangements.
  • Exquisite lobby for cocktail meetings
  • Open courtyard with raised stage for outdoor events and performances

Location

5810 Ferry Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada L2G 1S9 
Phone 905-358-5082
Fax 905-358-0920

 

After your visit to the Museum, don't forget to pick up the walking tour of theLundy's Lane Battlefield, just minutes from the front doors of the Museum.