It should come as no surprise that a town as rich in heritage as Niagara-on-the-Lake abounds in historic museums. One of the most notable is the Niagara Historical Society Museum , located one block away from Lyons House. The first structure in Ontario built solely as a museum, it houses more than 20,000 artifacts.
Located in the historic village of Queenston , the Mackenzie Heritage Printery is Ontario ’s only publishing museum with working displays. While in Queenston, don’t miss a visit to the Laura Secord Homestead for it was Laura’s bravery that changed the course of the 1812 War.
Fort George National Historic Site of Canada
Open April 1-Oct 31 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guided tours year round by appointment
Here, history is alive. A visit to the site allows you not only to hear about history, but to actually experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a garrison in the early 19th century. You can watch soldiers perform drill or listen to the music of the fife and drum corps as both prepare for battle on the Niagara frontier.
Inside Fort George your pace and your pulse will quicken, as you become caught up in the atmosphere of anxious preparations for war. Time has stalled here. It is the eve of the War of 1812, and the British Army still occupies the Fort.
Fort George is the focus of the interpretation programme for visitors to the Niagara Complex. Each summer, staff in period uniform conduct activities typical of the garrison prior to the war.
The attractive river-side building and grounds of the Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre offers added insight into why the town is home to a large and thriving arts community. The restored Pumphouse houses a gallery, where monthly Sunday afternoon salons introduce local artists. The exhibitions are open to the public on weekends and most weekdays.
The beautiful Preservation Gallery on King Street displays works by Trisha Romance Alex Colville and Philip Craig.
The River Brink Gallery in Queenston displays art, sculptures and precious antiques amassed by Samuel E. Weir.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is proud to host a world-class theatre festival, with one of the top acting ensembles in the world.
At Forum Gallery on Niagara Stone Road and at Lakeshore Antiques on Lakeshore, you’ll find a broad range of antiques and collectibles, from small jewelry to fine antique furniture.
Each location offers the advantage of several antique dealers under one roof, ensuring a good chance to find that long sought-after treasure.