It's all about history coming to life at the Niagara Falls History Museum!
Here, you can learn all about the history of the War of 1812 as you explore the many artifacts and learn about the stories of those who experienced this infamous war. You can experience first-hand what it would have been like, as you try on a replica uniforms, or even hold a musket, and build a bridge across the Niagara Gorge, or emulate the previous daredevil tightrope walkers!
The Niagara Falls History Museum itself is housed within the old Stamford Township Hall which was built in 1874. Originally the Lundy's Lane Historical Museum, in 2010 it became the Niagara Falls History Museum which is remains today!
Once inside you'll find a wealth of historical items and exhibits for that educational experience. Head to the Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery and you'll find the primary focus on the Battle of Lundy's Lane, and it's here you will find one of the country's best 1812 collections. Audio-visual ambiance of war accompanies the hands-on activities we described above.
The collection in this gallery also includes uniforms, weaponry, equipment, relics, buttons as well as archival records that relate specifically to the Battle of Lundy's Lane as well as to the War of 1812.
Then you have the community gallery where you can learn all about various aspects of Niagara Falls as a community. This includes the people, the culture, geology, social life, as well as industry and daredevils who attempted to conquer the falls.
They also have a geology interactive where at the touch of just a few buttons illuminates rocks extracted from different parts of the falls. You can also enjoy a bridge building interactive where you can build bridges across the falls. And for the brave at heart, they have a ‘tight-rope walk' going across the falls!
The Museum is across the road from the Drummond Hill Cemetery, the site of the Battle of Lundy's Lane, a "bloodiest battle" of the War of 1812. It is the starting point for any journey to the battlefield. Also worth a visit.
You can reach the Niagara Falls History Museum, which is near the world-famous Niagara Falls, from Ferry Street via Sylvia Place. The Museum is accessible via the WEGO Red Line and is near the Battle of Lundy's Lane National Historic Site, which is close to Main and Ferry streets.Get directions
$4 (Ages 6 to 19 with student ID)
Thursday nights after 5pm = Free
School tours are available. Visit the website for more information