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“History for everyone”

Niagara Falls History Museum
Ranked #23 of 103 things to do in Niagara Falls
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The new building and exhibits are well worth a visit, even though the new building doesn't fit well with the old from the outside

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We were walking through the city, and happened upon the Niagara Falls History Museum. They had a really interesting exhibit on the WW2 internment of Canadians of Italian descent, and a wonderful exhibit on the War of 1812, as well as interesting information on the history of Niagara Falls. The docent provided our kids with a fun and interactive scavenger hunt, which kept them entertained as they looked for all the clues. Overall, a great experience!

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This museum is a welcome respite from the honky tonk of Clifton Hill. Although small, the museum has a fascinating exhibit about Niagara's early years. We found the collection of old souvenirs to be especially interesting. There is also an informative exhibit about the War of 1812. The docent was very helpful when we asked directions for our next stop- she took the time to google and print out a map for us. The admission price at $5 was a bit high, but we considered it a donation which they probably need.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Few Americans know much about the second (and last) war between the US and the UK, but this is very real history to the Canadians, especially in the Niagara area where much of the war was fought. The battle of Lundy's Lane right near this museum was a draw, but marked a turning point, because the Americans didn't win, after having won possession of much of the area north of Niagara Falls. Six months later, the Treaty of Ghent ended the war. If you want to understand all this, do visit this museum. It's probably not that interesting for kids, unless the parents are good history buffs and can bring the displays to life. The most interesting part is likely to be the try-on uniforms from the War and the heavy rifles they can lift.

This small museum used to be the Lundy's Lane Historical Museum but has now reopened as the Niagara Falls History Museum after an extensive renovation and expansion in July 2012. Entry fee is only $5. On the ground floor, there is an excellent exhibit on the War of 1812. Upstairs covers the history of the Niagara region through photos. A Buster Keaton movie (about 22 minutes) plays continuously in the movie theater--produced for the Canadian National Railroads, it covers Canada from the Atlantic Ocean (literally) to the Pacific. It really tests whether you can recognize the area through which he passes on an open railwork car since there are no signs.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Beneath the asphalt, casinos, strip plazas, chain restaurants and fast food joints that typify the typical holiday in Niagara Falls, there lurks some pretty significant Canadian history. It was in this area, after all, that British, Canadian and native forces combined to repel an American invader bent on subjugating British North America, 1812-1815. It's not an overstatement to say that the route to Canadian nationhood began in the area. For those wanting to know a little more about the conflict, the Niagara Falls History Museum, recently renovated to coincide with the two hundredth anniversaries of the struggle, is an excellent starting point. I toured two halls, the War of 1812 exhibition and a history of the Falls area on the second floor, and thought them both balanced, educational and stimulating, with something to satisfy every palate. The helpful staff, moderate price ($5 for an adult), and the walking tour of the local Lundy's Land Battlefield - the bloodiest ever fought on Canadian soil - which includes the gravesites of both American and British fallen, make this a do-not-miss destination. So do yourselves a favour: tear yourself away from the cable cars, ferris wheels, and blackjack tables, and discover just why we survive as Canadians, and just why the North American continent is the way it is.

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