Opening the  Doors to Dialogue, Militia Muster, Senior Stories, Touch Tour, Story Walks, Community Art Project and more.
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OPENING THE DOORS TO DIALOGUE

MAY 11, 2019 - JANUARY 5, 2020

Exhibition Poster

In this exhibition, Cayuga artist Sam Thomas examines the dark legacy of the Canadian Indian Residential school system. Working alongside survivors and their families, Thomas sheds light on what happened behind the doors of these church-run, government-funded institutions.

Senior Stories
July 2 @ 2pm & July 4 @ 7pm

The Essential Collective Theatre’s Senior Stories project is a unique intergenerational initiative in its sixth year, where senior citizens throughout Niagara have the chance to share their stories, history, and anecdotes to have their voices heard and valued. The first part of the project, is story-sharing between Niagara's seniors and emerging artists. The second part is when the creators will present a performance developed from the shared stories. 

2019's offering, "The Toast of the Town" is created by emerging director, Emma McCormick and performers Ashley Small, Genevieve Jones, Kristina Ojaperv and Danielle Letourneau. Four lifelong friends in Niagara toast their life together through song, dance, comedy and storytelling as they take the audience through the years. All shows are free admission.

MILITIA MUSTER
Niagara Falls Museums
July 16, 2019

Militia Muster Poster

Sign up today - Join the militia for a day!

Fire a cannon, taste the food, smell the gunpowder, experience 1812 history. 
Tickets are $10, and are available by calling 905-358-5082 or by visiting the Niagara Falls History Museum. Space is limited!

Niagara Storywalks®
Fridays - Sundays, May 17 -  August 25, 2019
Redmond Heights beside the Battle Ground Hotel Museum

Picture of an old kitchen.

A StoryWalk® is an opportunity for children to experience reading a book while walking through a park, trail or neighborhood. StoryWalks® promote literacy and outdoor physical activity. Additionally, they foster community involvement and parent engagement. Children of all ages may experience a StoryWalk® with family members or caregivers by following an outdoor path of large, laminated pages from an illustrated story. The pages also contain questions and reading cues to encourage discussion, predictions and to strengthen children’s emergent literacy development. The Niagara Falls History Museum will be installing three separate stories over the summer at the Redmond Heights located beside the Battle Ground Hotel Museum (6137 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON). Stories include If You Plant a Seed (May 17-June 23), Stella, Fairy of the Forest (June 28-July 28), and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (August 2-25). Join staff at the Museum for crafts following your StoryWalk®.

StoryWalk® Installation Kits in the Niagara Region are provided by Niagara Children’s Planning Council, with leadership provided through the Families are Strong, Stable and Connected Pillar and the Niagara Falls Public Library.

@ the Museum Thursday Nights



 


Free Admission every Thursday night from 5 - 9 p.m. Make us a habit. 

There is always something going on Thursday Nights

The Niagara Falls History Museum is open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays and provides free access to the galleries and a variety of programmes for all ages.  This month’s programmes include:
 

July 4
Senior Stories @ 7pm
Senior Stories Poster
2019's offering, "The Toast of the Town" is created by emerging director, Emma McCormick and performers Ashley Small, Genevieve Jones, Kristina Ojaperv and Danielle Letourneau. Four lifelong friends in Niagara toast their life together through song, dance, comedy and storytelling as they take the audience through the years. All shows are free admission.


July 11
Touch Tour: Museum Collection Behind-the-Scenes @ 6 - 8pm
A picture of the museum's repository.
Join Assistant Curator, Sara Byers as she takes you behind the scenes at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Explore the artefact storage room and get hands on with the museum collection. Understand what the museums collect and why. Learn stories behind some rarely seen artefacts and share your own insights. Free tour.
Tour starts at 6:00 & 7:00 sharp. Not suitable for young children. Tours will be first come first served on the day of the event and will be a maximum of 10 people.


July 11
Community Art Project @ 7pm 

Beadwork arts
Come work with local Indigenous beadwork artist Sam Thomas to create this year’s community art project which will be unveiled at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19. This large scale beaded project will touch on the issues of environment, land, water, and treaties with Indigenous nations. Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation and endeavors to break down cultural divisions through sharing knowledge and the arts.


July 18
Before the Plate Screening @ 7pm

Before the Plate movie poster
Before the Plate brings viewers on an agricultural journey of discovery. Starring John Horne, executive chef of the downtown Toronto restaurant Canoe, the film showcases 10 ingredients from planting to cooking and everything in between, to help better connect the modern consumer with their food. This screening of Before the Plate is a joint presentation between the Wentworth-Niagara Junior Farmers and the Niagara Falls Farmers Market, and will feature a Q&A period with a panel of local Niagara farmers.


July 25
Community Art Project @ 7pm

Beadworks.
Come work with local Indigenous beadwork artist Sam Thomas to create this year’s community art project which will be unveiled at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19. This large scale beaded project will touch on the issues of environment, land, water, and treaties with Indigenous nations. Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation and endeavors to break down cultural divisions through sharing knowledge and the arts.

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The Insiders

Also on Thursday nights, when you visit the Museum, you might run across one of our new crew of volunteers. These individuals have worked with us on coming up with a new perspective on looking at our history. There will be new people out each week, so make it a habit of stopping by.

Become a Member

Museum membership is inexpensive and an affordable way to find out about our community. Your membership gets you free admission to the Museum and current edition of our publication “Circa”, which is filled with great articles on local history. Past editions are also available for sale in our Gift Shop.

  • Individual Membership - $15
  • Family Membership - $25
For more information on other benefits, call the museum at 905-358-5082

Educational Programs

The Museum has released the 2019 educational program offerings for teachers. There are a few new programs that fit the Ontario Curriculum as well as Museum and Battlefield tours.

We are also excited to be working with Niagara Falls Transit on offering free bus transportation to elementary school children.
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