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2020 The Lake Report NOTL's Choice Awards:

Platinum Award for Best  Museum

2020 Standard Reader's Choice Awards:
Gold Award for Museums


In 1907, the Niagara Historical Society opened Memorial Hall, Ontario's first purpose-built Museum.

Plan a visit to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum to discover the unique stories of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located 20km north of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake provided a new home for refugees, was the capital of Upper Canada, was in the middle of a war zone and visited by millions as a place of recreation for over 100 years; these stories play a major role in the development of Canada.



Temporary Exhibitions

Exhibition extended until October 2021!

online exhibitions

Google Arts & Culture Logo

We are on Google Arts & Culture! Click HERE to check out our online exhibits.

permanent Exhibitions

Our Story

As visitors enter the Museum they will explore 9,000 years of history in first gallery of the Museum.

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Video Exhibit

Enjoy a new audio/visual component to our permannet exhibition!

Generously funded by David Murray & Elizabeth Surtees, this project features 9 short videos about various aspects of Niagara-on-the-Lake's History

Visitors can check out a handheld tablet at the front desk and scan QR codes throughout the galleries to reveal the videos.

Produced by Barbara Worthy and 12th Street Productions with app development by Creative Bytes Studios.

For a full credit list of images seen in the videos click here.













What's New

Museum Gift Shop online

You can find an amazing selection of reproductions, historically themed gifts and local history books from our museum shop now online! Visit to make your purchase. We can deliver in Niagara-on-the-Lake,you can pick up at the Museum, or we can ship it to you. 

covid-19 journals

For children and students, these COVID-19 workbooks will help you keep a journal of this time that you can then share with the Museum afterward:



SOme Local History Trivia to get you throug h
COVID-19 Quarantine

How much do you know about Niagara-on-the-Lake and its communities? Try these quizzes:

Images of NOTL

History of Chautauqua

Local History

History of St. Davids

History of Queenston

History of Virgil

Found in NOTL

Guess the Object

More Niagara Trivia

Hotels in NOTL

Street Names of NOTL

Faces of NOTL

War of 1812

St. Andrew's Church

Gates & Entrances in NOTL

Streets of NOTL 2

Where Does that Saying Come From?

Historic Homes


Famous & Infamous People of NOTL

Canada Day Quiz

Niagara Camp

Black History

Laura Secord

In the News

Preserving Niagara History

® Image: View of Fort George, Oil on canvass, C. Kreighoff 1823