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.


2018 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 2018

Outreach to Niagara Regional Native Centre on June 21st
Behind the Scenes "Touch Tours"
Drum & Rattle Making Workshop
Podcast taping of "One Dish, One Mic"
ECT - Seniors Stories "Once in a Blue Moon"
Library run Thursday morning pre-school programme
Carousel Players - "Hare & Tortoise" and "One Thing Leads to Another"
Developed new college level education programme
"MEMORyAL" Community Art Project by Dougie Hayz
Real Time Twitter feed of 100th anniversary of the SCOW rescue 

By the Numbers

3 Reclaiming Cultural Identity workshops/programmes delivered
1947 Children participated in a school programme or tour
13309 visitors to one of our three museums
60330 website visits
1266 volunteer hours
319 new artefacts added to the collection
1200 visited us on Family Day
33 volunteers participated in Cemetery Tours
131 research inquiries
2900 views of the River Road walking tour
37 artists from 18 different countries contributed to "Water for Life"

2018 Donors

Financial Contributions in 2018:  
Peter Cherwonogrodsky
Don Johnson
Cindy Milner in memory of Brian Milner
Brooke Skelton
Heritage Canada
Niagara Investment in Culture
Province of Ontario
Corporate Donors/Supporters in 2018:   
Ontario Power Generation
Patterson Funeral Home
Royal Linens
Donors to the collection 2018:  
Craig Parker
Carolyn Askeland
Beth McKitrick
Ohio History Connection
Ayo Adewumi
John Ainslie
Brenda Rae Skinner
Larry Lemelin
Alonzo Blake Robertson III
Hamilton Public Library, Archives
Al Leake
Lynn Niemi
Todd Arseneault
Anna Large
Niagara Historical Society
Don Jackson
Ron Morel Memorial Museum
Beverly Jewson
Michael Kirchmer
Tony Rotherham
Julia Cossitt
James Healey
Rowena Alsey
Donald Combe
Pamela Willson
Orville Dillenbeck
David Youngs
John Sayers
Charles Hill
Jo Lehman
Paul Hlady
Gordon Jones
Mary Jane Beccaria 

2014 Community Report

Check out our report to 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.




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