Opening the  Doors to Dialogue, Touch Tour, Kids' Holiday Party, Community Yoga and more.
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MAY 11, 2019 - JANUARY 5, 2020

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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.


January 25 - April 19, 2020

World War Women Exhibit Poster

This travelling exhibition focuses on the experiences of Canadian Women during the First and Second World Wars. Through five themes, World War Women shares personal stories of the women whose lives were transformed by the conflict.


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Although a very obscure event now, at the time it was a major news story that for many weeks placed Niagara Falls on the front page of virtually every daily newspaper in both North and South America. The “event” was a peace conference which took place here during May and June, 1914.

In his recent book “The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls, 1914”, author Michael Small has noted, “For Canadians, the conference provided an unexpected spectacle on their doorstep, combining high diplomacy and low intrigue around the gardens and cataracts of Canada’s most famous natural attraction.”

The conference was held as the result of American intervention in the Mexican Revolution, a bloody, often confusing civil war which convulsed Mexico from late 1910 to 1920. Fearing for its interests in the Gulf of Mexico and hoping to alter the course of the revolution, the United States captured Mexico’s chief seaport, Veracruz, on April 22, 1914. This placed the two countries on the brink of war. 

At this critical point, a mediation offer was made by Argentina, Brazil and Chile – who were quickly christened the A.B.C. Powers. The offer was accepted by both the American and Mexican governments. Niagara Falls, Ontario was chosen as the site for the peace conference with headquarters located at the lovely Clifton Hotel, which was located where Oakes Garden Theatre is now.

Mexico and the United States each sent three official delegates (or commissioners), along with teams of advisers.  Almost all of these people, as well as the mediators from the A.B.C. Powers, brought along various family members and servants. This throng, along with a hoard of newspaper reporters (around 150) added up to a significant number of people, all of whom descended on Niagara Falls in mid- May 1914.

For more on this story, click on the link below:
Peace Conference

@ 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:

December 5
Touch Tour: Museum Collection Behind-the-Scenes @ 6 & 8pm
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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.

December 5
LGBTQ+ In the City
@ 7pm 
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LGBTQ+ activists Falynn Shaw and Patrick Alexander host Saidat Abari-Vandenberg for an evening of story-telling. Saidat is a motivational speaker that uses her high energy, dance moves, and props in her presentations focused on youth. She is a strong, lesbian, black woman and is an inspiration to anyone she meets. The talk begins at 7pm, and all are welcome.

December 12
Community Yoga Series @ 7pm 

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Join Shine On Yoga for a FREE community yoga class. Relaxing hatha yoga class, geared toward reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality and maintaining or re-gaining your health. No yoga experience necessary.  Wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle and a yoga mat if you have one. Recommended for ages 16 and up.  20 Participants max, please come early to ensure a spot!

December 19
Kid’s Holiday Party @ 5 - 9pm

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Come celebrate the season at the museum! Join Mad Science at 6pm for Let it Snow and 7pm for Santa’s Workshop; two different science shows sure to concoct some holiday fun! Decorate an ornament for your tree, complete a scavenger hunt and enjoy some hot chocolate!

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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 2020 Educational Programmes  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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