Niagara Historical Museum will open Monday for Family Day, with 1812 period clothing for kids who want to play dress-up
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society and Museum has launched an effort to brighten up this dreary month.
Entrance to the local museum — the first purpose-built museum in Ontario, in our midst since 1907 — is free for the shortest month of the year. Which might get you there sooner.
The current featured exhibit, Painting Niagara-on-the-Lake, shines a spotlight on contemporary and historical paintings depicting our town’s landscape and built heritage. It features rare and never-before exhibited works of local painters such as Betty Lane, Captain John Shawe, Margaret Peake-Benton; RJR Pottery and others. Lane’s son has donated 16 paintings to the museum’s collection, and other works by the painter have been brought in from private collections. Lane lived and painted in NOTL throughout much of the 20th century.
This exhibition runs until May 4.
The museum’s regular exhibits are also accessible, including the opportunity to try on period clothing and accessories.
Family Day, Feb. 18, the museum is ready to receive with open arms and plenty to amuse and enlighten family members of all ages.
On Feb. 25 the museum’s monthly Community Days series continues, with the Famous and Infamous series. “This is a real community-driven program”, says the museum’s acting managing director Amy Klassen. “The series was developed by local residents and is organized and promoted through its participants. As a community institution, we love to see our members and the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake using the Museum for this kind of programming.”
This month’s featured “famous and infamous” personage is the Shah of Iran (Part 2). Residents will discuss and learn about his life and times.
The Famous and Infamous events typically take place on the fourth Monday of each month, and are free to residents.
For more information about the museum, exhibits, free entry and events, visit niagarahistorical.museum or call 905-468-3912. The museum is located at 43 Castlereigh Street, and is open daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.