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Our Exhibitions

Chloe Cooley Stamp, courtesy of Canada PostChloe Cooley stamp, courtesy of Canada Post

Bound & Determined

Chloe Cooley, Enslavement and the Fight for Freedom

June 2 - November 13, 2023

The North Star. The Promised Land. Canadians pride themselves on knowing that our country was a safe haven for people escaping enslavement from the United States.  However, what Canadians don't realize is that slavery existed here for over 200 years.  About 600 enslaved peopl eof African descent lived in Upper Canada (Ontario) up to 1834, and at least 80 lived in Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL).
2023 marks the 230th Anniversary of the passing of the first anti-slavery legislation in the British Empire, which was passed here in NOTL. And this is all thanks to a strong-willed Black woman named Chloe Cooley...
Co-Curators: Rochelle Bush, Natasha Henry-Dixon, Sarah Kaufman, and Shawna Butts.
permanent exhibition

our story

This exhibition explore 9,000 years of history from Indigenous history to the tourism boom of the 1970s. The gallery contains such significant artefacts as a powder horn belonging to Chief Joseph Brant, the Indian Department Coatee worn by Daniel Servos during the American Revolutionary War, uniforms from the War of 1812 and other items from Niagara's long history.
Our Story


Making Her Mark
virtual Exhibitions

google arts & culture


The Museum has several virtual exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture including the following topics: The Attawandaron, Loyalists, Black History, Our Western Home, Temporary Residents, Irish, Mennonite and Recent Settlement, Queenston, St. Davids, Chautauqua, Virgil, Board of Ordnance Stones, Camp Kosciuszko, Painting NOTL, Freemasonry in NOTL, Niagara Historical Society’s 125th Anniversary, and Niagara Historical Society Plaques.

Upcoming Events

Doors Open NOTL

Saturday, Oct 21st - 10:00 AM

Famous & Infamous

Monday, Oct 23rd - 2:00 PM

Famous & Infamous

Monday, Nov 27th - 2:00 PM