About the Museum
Housing a vast collection of Niagara Falls history, the Niagara Falls History Museum provides a showcase for the unique history of the famous city. Our recently completed $12M renovation and expansion has created a dynamic space to examine and explore our diverse history. The renovation and expansion was designed by Toronto firm Moryama and Teshima and has three unique galleries telling the most compelling Niagara Falls stories with engaging and hands on exhibitions. The museum is located in front of the Farmers Market (open Saturdays) and within steps of the Drummond Hill Cemetery, which is the focal point for the Battle of Lundy’s Lane which was the ‘bloodiest battle of the War of 1812′ and the starting point for any trip to this battlefield will be a visit to the Museum.
A gallery dedicated to the history of the War of 1812 and the impact of the War on the citizens of Niagara Falls. From the onset of the War, Niagara Falls was involved in the American invasion into the peninsula and was the scene of the Battle of Chippawa and the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. The collections of the Niagara Falls Museums contains many important artefacts related to the War of 1812.
Visitors will explore the history that changed a nation in vivid colour, with images, artefacts, videos and hands-on experiences meant to put you in the action.
The Niagara Falls Community Gallery
Once in this gallery, visitors will be immersed in the history of the iconic City of Niagara Falls, from geological creation of our famous landmark to the daredevils that dared mother nature to the stories of the people who made our city. Three interactive stations in this gallery allow visitors young and old to touch mother nature, span the gorge and become a daredevil.
The Ontario Power Generation 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 exposed 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; the award winning "Motels: Honeymoon Suite or By-the-Week, Motel Culture in Niagara"; “Fakes and Forgeries” from the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario and “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences During World War II” from Columbus Centre, Toronto, Ontario.