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Niagara Falls History Museum

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Address: 5810 Ferry St., Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 1S9, Canada
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+1 905-358-5082
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

The Museum is housed within the old Stamford Town Hall built in 1874. The...

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.Besure to also check out the Battle Ground Hotel Museum and Willoughby Historical Museum.The Niagara Falls Museums are a municipally-run trio of sites dedicated to preserving the history of the City of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area. Using both artifacts and text, they highlight the large and small things that made up daily life in the area's rich history. The Niagara Falls History Museum looks at early Black history, the War of 1812, notables like Sir Isaac Brock and Laura Secord, and even historic souvenirs. The Battle Ground Hotel Museum focuses on early tourism, from a time when tourists came to see not just the falls but also the 1812 battlefield. And Willoughby Historical Museum looks at everyday rural life, as well as commemorating the Battle of Chippawa. All three sites offer extensive collections, as well as programs and activities for schools and the public. The History Museum and the Willoughby Museum also offer research opportunities.

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Discovered this small museum by accident. Staff were very very friendly and helpful. Snow exhibit was interesting and being able to try on uniforms and hold guns from the War of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Niagara Falls, Canada
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Discovered this small museum by accident. Staff were very very friendly and helpful. Snow exhibit was interesting and being able to try on uniforms and hold guns from the War of 1812 was also fun. Definitely learned a lot in the War of 1812 room! The tight walk installation was also good fun. Would definitely recommend this museum to anyone... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is well worth a couple hours if you're in Niagara Falls! At only $15 for a family, you can't beat the price and the staff here are superb. A young man named Jonathan Milner, who works at the museum, showed us around and told us some really interesting stories about the War of 1812 and about some of... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We took a couple of school-age children here last week in the midst of a snow squall. The building has been renovated recently and is very architecturally interesting. There is ample parking on the street and in back... quite the contrast to the dearth of parking in other tourist areas. The exhibits are child-friendly and well-designed for various ages. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I was so happy to experience this hidden gem. It's not on the main strip but a short walk up. The cost is quite cheap, as the museum is small. But from my understanding they change one part of the exhibit on a regular. They have an area to dress up in the soldiers uniforms with muskets which was an... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I didn’t know what to anticipate about this museum. I was pleasantly surprised how informative that museum is and all for the price of 5$! There was a whole section about the War of 1812-1814. It covered the Lundy’s Lane attack, why the war started, the role of women during that war, the role of colored people during the war... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Great stop when you need to rest. After walking for hours sightseeing, up and down falls and thru trails we needed a rest. There is even a movie that show history from early discovers to Canadian history. Kids will enjoy trying on costumes and other interesting items. Low cost and parking in the area

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Museum and parking is free after 5pm on Thursday. We went there late after dinner at Lundy's Lane. The War of 1812 room, the kids enjoy playing with the heavy muskets. You can play dress up with their red soldier coats. Upstairs, you can learn about Niagara Falls. The third area displays some modern artworks and the kids enjoy drawing... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Just a small museum but their 2 main exhibits war of 1812 and niagara thru the years are interesting with a few interactive elements. The rotating exhibit always adds something interesting to the mix as well but it is their special programs on Thursday nights as well as often on school holidays where the museum really shines!!! We saw a... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The ground floor houses the War of 1812 display with some great artifacts and a short film about the war. Upstairs has a brief overview of the history of Niagara Falls industry and tourism; There is also information on the geology of the area. Thursday nights are free for visitors. It is a good place to learn about the history... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

refurbished museum with some newly added building. all about old Niagara falls and its history. my husband enjoyed it.

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