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Niagara Historical Society & Museum

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Address: 43 Castlereagh Street | L0S 1J0, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Wonderful little museum

With so much history in this small town the Museum is a wonderful asset to learn about its history. The exhibits change annually- I liked the WW1 artifacts as Niagara on the Lake... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2017
Tony C
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

With so much history in this small town the Museum is a wonderful asset to learn about its history. The exhibits change annually- I liked the WW1 artifacts as Niagara on the Lake was a summer training ground for Canadian troops (in both wars).

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

One of the Gems of NOTL. For a glimpse of the past, this is a must see for people visiting the town. Just a short walk off the main street, it gives you a feeling as to what the town has meant to Canada for over 200 years. Tours are great and certainly very reasonably priced.

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We joined the guided walk provided by the museum which is relatively inexpensive and includes entry to the small museum itself. We found the whole experience very interesting and absorbing - you really learn a lot

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We spent a good couple of hours on a rainy day here, and as a UK citizen, I learnt an awful lot about the history of the area and Canada in general. Well worth a visit. It's about a 7-10 minute walk away from the main road in NOTL, in a leafy road. There are toilets, a small gift shop... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We wandered by this building on a delightful walk of the tourist district. Lovingly established by a local liover of history and has developed into a nice hour of background on this lovely Canadian community. Tip: they have magnifying sheets to read the small print. I loved that!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

If you come to the Niagara region and are interested in history, particularly the War of 1812, you should visit this museum in the historic district of NOTL Lots of artifacts from that period and others.

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carleton place
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Before going to the museum, we went on a walking tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake given by a volunteer from the museum (it was a Saturday morning). This tour took us to a few places that were not on the beaten path. Our guide was informative, but didn't overwhelm us with details which worked perfectly for a one hour tour. Inside the... More 

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Catonsville, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We enjoyed our visit to this museum, installed in a historic building just two blocks off Queen Street. If you'd like to get away from the crowds of tourists, this could be for you. We learned from the exhibits that in 1792 Niagara-on-the-Lake was the first capital of Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario). It was where the Act... More 

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Plainview, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is a small, local museum that has an interesting collection of materials related to the War of 1812. The building is original.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Occupying two heritage buildings, this museum is 120 years old and possesses one of the best collection of artifacts and archives in the Niagara region. Its exhibits are well done, informative and reflect the historical importance of the town of Niagara on the Lake.

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