Mission, Vision and other information

Our Mission

The Niagara Falls Museums is a team of staff and volunteers who are resourceful and enthusiastic in telling the story and preserving the ongoing culture and history of Niagara Falls. We are dedicated to promoting pride of place and engaging the community.

Our Vision

We will be the centre for historical and cultural activities in Niagara Falls through community awareness, participation and engagement.

Strategic Plan

Our Current Strategic Plan (2016-2018) sees us achieving this through creating partnerships, improving our image and developing and delivering quality programmes and events for the community.  For details about our current plan, please contact the Museum.

2017 Community Report

Contact the Museum to receive a copy of the report.  Below you will find the important statistics and information contained in the report.

New Programmes for 2017

Reclaiming Cultural Identity
With great support from the Niagara Regional Native Centre and the Department of Canadian Heritage, this programme provided cultural workshops and activities that gave Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants a deeper understanding of Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe culture.
Augmented Reality
This technology was introduced into our "Pieces of Canada" exhibition.  A great way to layer in more information and provide a much more engaging visit, the curatorial team will be introducing this technology into the permanent galleries in early 2018.
Touch Tours
Developed by the curatorial team, more access to the storage facility and the collections within the storage area was the reason behind the development of several tours this year. This also allowed people to get up close and personal with artefacts that are usually behind glass or stored out of sight.   
Volunteer Drop In Programme
In order to provide training and work with our volunteers on their skills and knowledge, this programme ran four times in 2017 and ranged from hands-on activities to learning a new language.

Partnerships and collaboration

The Niagara Falls Museums continued to work with other individuals and groups within the community to provide better services and programmes.
Niagara Falls Public Library
We were very excited to host StoryWalks at Battle Ground Hotel Museum and the adjacent parkland. We also partnered with their Canada 150 heritage programme.
Cultural Diversity & Inclusion
The Niagara Falls Museums is working with the Ontario Museums Association, the Royal Ontario Museum and Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion to develop a provincial toolkit for museum to better serve the community.  As well, staff of NFM is co-chairing a national initiative to develop museum LGBTQ2 guidelines.

By the Numbers

5700 archival catalog records digitized and placed into our database
7458 new records transcribed added to the Barnett Registry - by our wonderful volunteers
4 Reclaiming Cultural Identity workshops/programmes delivered
98 people left on the waiting list for cemetery tours - get your tickets early!
4 NFMs received a national ranking of 4th at the end of #museumweek on Twitter.
5 Reminiscence programmes delivered to Niagara Falls Seniors residences
1610 Children participated in a school programme or tour
12366 visitors to one of our three museums
52352 website visits
2039 volunteer hours
371 new artefacts added to the collection

2017 Donors

Financial Contributions in 2017:  
Peter Cherwonogodzky
Peter Long
Lundy’s Lane Historical Society
Probus Club of Niagara, in honour of Sherman Zavitz
Phyllis Steris
Suneel Upadhye MD
Shashank Upadhye JD   
Corporate Donors/Supporters in 2017:   
Koutouki Greek Cuisine
Royal Linens  
Starbucks Drummond Road 
Donors to the collection 2017:  
John Ainslie
Violet Wright
Diane Teetzel
Ruth Thomas
Kevin Hobbs
Michelle Zapotochny
Renee Padgett
Nancy Ruthven
Robert Benner - Hamill Machine Company
Paul Ruta
Robert Knight
Lillian Isaac
Harry Dean
Nordene Miller
Bob Green
Jay Hanna
Niagara Historical Society
Ron Snyder
Susan Weaver
Todd Arseneault
Richard Zeman 

2014 Community Report

Check out our reportto find out about what we got up to, statistics and information about our achievements.


2013 Economic Impact Statement

Our Museums:

  • Employ 13 people in our community (9 FTEs)
  • Spends over $300,000 each year on goods and services in our community
  • Served over 12,000 visitors on site and over 30,000 virtual visitors in 2013
  • Served over 2100 schoolchildren in 2013
  • 450 schoolchildren attended our Medieval Week program
  • Provides access to all on Thursday nights with free admission after 5pm
  • 77% of our casual visitors are from out of town
  • Provided interesting and relevant co-op placements to Stamford Collegiate, Niagara College, Brock University and Fleming College Students in 2013


Event Attendance

Has brought residents to the Main and Ferry area to events during:

  • Niagara Falls Night of Arts - over 500 attendees
  • Family Day (new event) - over 1000 attendees
  • March Break (new event) - over 700 attendees over 4 days
  • Hear the Cannons Roar (new event) - over 400 attendees

Museums In Canada

  • 47.8% of all Canadians 15 or older visited a museum in 2010
  • The percentage of Canadians visiting museums has increased by 15.1% since 1992

Museums in Ontario

  • 9.5 million overnight tourists participated in arts and culture activities during their trips in 2010 -representing 22% of all Ontario’s overnight visitors
  • The average Ontario arts and culture tourists spends twice as much per trip as does a typical tourist - $667 per trip versus $374
  • 44% of North American tourists say that arts and   culture was their main reason for travelling for at least one of their trips


For a PDF version of our 2013 Economic Impact Statement, please contact the Museum.





Family Fun Day @ the Museum

Spend Family Day exploring biodiversity and habitat conservation @ the Museum!


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