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Niagara Falls History Museum
Ranked #41 of 142 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 December 22, 2013

We arrived a little late. They did stay open an extra few minutes- while we visited. They would not allow us in the gift shop - after - but it was close to closing time. Enjoyed the 1812 War exhibit. The City Exhibit is great too-

Thank Roanho
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Clark B, Manager at Niagara Falls History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. Hope you get a chance to visit again in the near future. We have a great exhibition on Space starting January 16th that will be good for the entire family. In the summer of 2014 we will exploring the history of motels and celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lundy’s Lane on July 25th. Sign up for our monthly enewsletter for more details and stay up to date with what is happening at the Niagara Falls Museums.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This bright little museum has a room dedicated to the War of 1812 as well as artifacts from the history of the town. I found some of the signage a bit difficult to read, but it was interesting to see the war from the Canadian perspective. It's the war's bicentenial, so a visit here and to the adjacent Lundy's Lane battlefield was definitely in order. It also refreshingly real next to the phoney tourist traps near the falls.

Your 'history' pal,


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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Very informative. Did not know that a young child survived the falls after a boating accident. The pictures are amazing!

1  Thank Jason S
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

This museum is just a tad further "uphill" from the downtown area. There is an old church building on the left, attached to a new atrium space. We didn't see the sign out front when we drove past twice..it sits at entrance level, and if the sun is shining the silver surface pushes your eye away.

Excellent parking behind the facility. 3 different galleries, plus a "snapshot" kind of video running continuously. Kids will like the "try on" section of military uniforms and such, in the War of 1812 room.

Reasonable entrance fee.

Beautiful building for special events! It's a wonderful joining of old and brand-new, handicapped friendly spaces.

Enjoyed the "history of the falls" exhibit the most...more on the geology would be wonderful!

2  Thank CatLadyChristi
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Good staff with ready answers worth the visit.did know much about the history but got all the info here.

Thank Sangita2013
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