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Wednesday, May 22, 2024
‘Free February’ is back at NOTL Museum
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum is located at 43 Castlereagh Street. File

Barbara Worthy
Special to The Lake Report

While February can sometimes be the coldest month of the year, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum is offering the warmest of welcomes with “Free February” – no admission the entire month for all Niagara residents.

This is the perfect opportunity to experience not only the beautiful heritage building at 43 Castlereagh St., but also to learn about Niagara’s unique history. 

Check out the current exhibit “All Along the Waterfront,” which highlights the massive noisy, smelly and lucrative industries that dominated this town for more than 150 years.

Or find some hidden gems of local lore, Indigenous artifacts that date back more than 10,000 years, and, of course, the best War of 1812 museum collection in Canada. 

Other exhibits in the museum detail the chronological history of the town.

Learn about NOTL’s First Nations roots and its rise as the first capital of Upper Canada, to the introduction of John Graves Simcoe’s anti-slavery legislation and the burning of the town by retreating Americans during the War of 1812, to its subsequent growth as a prime agricultural region and its status now as a major tourist destination.

As well, two new student exhibits are featured.

“A History of Cycling” looks at the quirky and adventurous history of moving on two wheels and “Through All Eyes” examines a timeline of Indigenous artistry and culture in Niagara.

Besides Free February, the museum’s popular virtual lectures series continues weekly, starting Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. and running until Wednesday, March 8.

Virtual lectures are free for everyone, with topics ranging from notorious criminals to local archeological finds. 

Also, the monthly biography program, “Famous and Infamous” has returned and will be offered at the museum, also with no admission charge, from now till November.

Residents and guests meet once a month, on Mondays at 2 p.m. and discuss the life and times of historical characters from the vast world of human endeavour – whether they were good, bad, or even wickedly evil. 

For more info on all these programs, go to www.notlmuseum.ca.


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