After you have seen the majestic Niagara Falls, know that there is still so much to experience when you learn about the History of Niagara Falls. Locals and International travellers alike could really benefit and begin to understand just how much History is behind this Wonder of the World. To know that you are standing beside a natural attraction with an estimated 12,000 years worth of History behind it — from the time the Falls started to flow over the rock, to the more current last man to walk over the Falls on tightrope, Nik Wallenda, there is so much more to experience when you begin to delve deep into the History of Niagara Falls.
Here are a couple of places to go to educate yourself on the Niagara Falls:
The Niagara Falls History Museum
The Niagara Falls History Museum is an obvious choice. It houses a vast collection of the History of Niagara Falls and the Museum provides a showcase for the unique past of the famous city. The Museum’s recent $12M renovation and expansion creates a dynamic space to examine and explore our diverse history. There are three galleries featured: The War of 1812 Gallery, the Community Gallery and the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Temporary Exhibition Gallery.
War of 1812:
This gallery interprets the War of 1812 with a primary focus on the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and houses one of Canada’s best 1812 collections. The collection includes uniforms, weaponry, equipment, relics, buttons and archival records relating specifically to the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and to the War of 1812.
This is the primary exhibit to go to in order to educate yourself on the people, culture, geology, social life, industry and the dare devils who attempted to conquer the falls. Many aspects within this gallery are interactive and not just educational.
The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Temporary Exhibition Gallery:
This temporary gallery houses travelling exhibitions from other museums on a short-term basis, providing the opportunity to host 3 to 4 different exhibits every year. Currently, the Niagara Falls History Museum is featuring “Space”, which features a moon rock and a portable planetarium StarLab. Visitors will be able to stretch out under the stars in a portable planetarium and see a moon rock on loan from NASA that was brought back to Earth from an Apollo mission.
The Niagara Falls History Museum also houses a great facility to hold corporate meetings and functions. Its theatre offers modern audio-visual equipment with a capacity to hold up to 70 guests. There is also a lobby for cocktail meetings.
For information on pricing, group tours (whether it be for schools or International tours), please click here for further information and rates or call 905-358-5082.
The Niagara IMAX Theatre
The Niagara IMAX Theatre offers a couple of different ways to experience and educate yourself about the History of Niagara Falls. First, their feature film “Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic” takes the viewers who wish to learn more and dig deeper into the past of the Niagara Falls, into an educational experience that is enhanced in IMAX technology! You will travel back in time to learn of its history and experience the death-defying stunts performed by daredevils who challenged the fury of Niagara Falls. Here is a trailer of what you can expect to see:
Secondly, it houses the world’s largest Niagara Daredevil Exhibit. Hear the stories, feel the fear and touch the actual daredevil barrels. This Daredevil gallery has the only collection of the original daredevil barrels, in which you can actually see and touch all the different contrapments built that sent those that dared to go over the brink of the Falls…
The IMAX Theatre runs currently from November – April from 10:00am – 4:00pm, May and October from 9:00am – 8:00pm and June to August from 9:00am – 9:00pm. One of the benefits of the IMAX is its wide diversity to cater to all the different nationalities that travel to the Niagara Falls. Currently (until March 6th, 2014), the 10:00am show is in Japanese and on Monday’s and Friday’s there is a 5:00pm Korean show, so long as there is a Korean tour booked.
Free bus parking and volume discount pricing for groups is offered, as well as multilanguage simulcast with languages in English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Italian with its complimentary headsets.
For information on booking group tours, call the Group Tour Department at [email protected] or call them at 877-239-3239.
In the meantime, if you wish to familiarize yourself with a little Niagara Falls Trivia and Facts about the Niagara Falls, visit “Our History” page by clicking here. It’s a great stepping stone to becoming more educated about the Niagara Falls and the people that influenced our city.