This month is Free February at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum, which is opening up once again to the public on Thursday, Feb. 3, offering free admission for Niagara residents. The unlocking of the museum’s doors is in response to the province’s first phase of the plan for the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions that became effective Jan. 31.
Staff at the museum are happy to welcome back the Niagara community with their current exhibition, Photographic Memory, “which explores photographs of our community from 1945 to 1985. Many of our visitors have enjoyed ‘finding’ themselves in these outstanding images of Niagara-on-the-Lake when it was still just a quiet, small town, rebuilding in a post-war economic slump,” says Barbara Worthy, local writer, producer and the museum’s visitor and member services assistant. The museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday.
The museum is committed to continuing to provide digital programming for those who want to virtually explore the museum’s extensive collections, learn something new or test their knowledge.
The Winter 2022 Virtual Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with the first lecture, Behind the Cases. Worthy will ask curator and managing director Sarah Kaufman and assistant curator Shawna Butts questions submitted by the curious public about the museum’s collections.
The next lectures in the series are:
Feb. 16: Re-imagining Niagara: Using GIS (Geographic Information System) to Study Local Economic Development 1783-1812, presented by Jessica Linzel.
March 2: Apothecaries to Pharmacies – Prescriptions, Potents, and Healthy Herbs, presented by Katelynn Best.
March 16: Shaw at 60! Join scholar Leonard Connolly, in conversation with Barbara Worthy as they reflect on 60 years of the Shaw Festival.
March 30: In the final lecture of the winter series, David Hemmings explores Heritage Homes of Niagara.
Upcoming events include the Members Virtual Trivia Night on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. The Doc Club series will run on the first Friday of the month from February to April. These scheduled Zoom discussions will feature additional films during March in honour of International Women’s Day, in collaboration with RiverBrink Art Museum.
All the NOTL Museum Winter Series virtual lectures begin at 11 a.m. Registration is required: www.notlmuseum.ca. For more info, email: email@example.com. For more information on all these activities and programs, contact the museum at 905 468 3912, or go to www.notlmuseum.ca
As a reminder, the Museum online shop and the Museum bookstore remain available as an online option for all your home decor, gift and research needs. Staff is looking forward to new inventory arriving during the next few weeks, and the bookstore offers one of the most significant collections of local history in Niagara, covering topics from the War of 1812 right up to the 21st century.