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Free February returns as NOTL Museum waives admission fee
A History of Cycling is currently on display at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum's Student Education Gallery. Supplied

You won’t have to spend a dime this month to enjoy all the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum has to offer.

The museum is once again waiving its $5 admission charge for all Niagara residents during February to give residents an affordable way to learn about Niagara’s unique history.

While the museum is home to more than 50,000 artifacts, limited space means that only certain items can be exhibited at a given time.

Current exhibits include a chronological history of the town, Indigenous artifacts that date back more than 10,000 years and what is considered the best War of 1812 collection in Canada.

The Student Education Gallery, located on the second floor, features various exhibits: a quirky and adventurous look at moving on two wheels called “A History of Cycling,” a massive wooden rowboat that belonged to the historic Queens Royal Hotel and a panoramic photo display that shows how Queen Street has changed through the years.

Visitors can enjoy the museum’s current feature exhibit, “Strike a Pose – The Art of Self-Obsession,” which shows how humans have documented themselves over the centuries using paint, pens, photos or pixels.

Visitors are encouraged to take a family selfie, and then add their photo to the exhibit using the social media hashtag #StrikeaPoseNOTL.

Young visitors can also take up the scavenger hunt challenge, and along the way learn about Niagara’s early history while finding unusual artifacts throughout the museum.

There is also a dress-up trunk’ filled with garments that will transform anyone into a soldier or a settler, even brave parents.

Also during February, the museum’s popular virtual lectures series continues, with weekly lectures held via Zoom on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Details on the series lineup can be found at notlmuseum.ca.

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