Okay, I will admit it. I was never much of a student as a kid. Unless it was something that helped me write and draw comics, or dealt with RPG gaming or helped me meet girls there was little chance I was interested.
Keep that in mind when I say that history was never my thing. Especially Canadian history. Canadians have generally been peaceful throughout their history, never creating a big fuss and leaving their conflicts out on the ice surface during a hockey game. Not really a nation of trouble-makers.
Of course, as you get older you gain perspective. You see patterns repeat themselves, you recognize that the world isn’t such a big place and that a decade goes by in the blink of an eye. You begin to understand that what came before plays a huge role in what you are today and that the groundwork has been set for what you have yet to become.
The same may be said about the significant renovations of the Niagara Falls History Museum. The stage has been set to present our rich past on a bright new platform for today and the future, to preserve it and learn from it.
On July 21, the Grand Opening of the Niagara Falls History Museum took place marking the completion of a 2 year $12 million dollar renovation that was funded by contributions from all levels of government, fundraising and generous donations.
The results are spectacular and inviting.
The museum features a diverse exhibit of authentic relics and treasures representing the rich and diverse history of Niagara further establishing our identity as being worthy of the title Cultural Capital of Canada.
Some of the highlights currently on display include The Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery, Niagara Falls Community Gallery and the Ontario Power Generation Gallery (and their ‘first’ exhibit the Interactive Electricity from The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia).
There is also a delightful courtyard outside of the facility in addition to a dedicated theatre space.
Please click on any of the images below to get a closer look and navigate as a gallery.
More information about the museum including the location and hours of operation can be found at their official website.