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Museums

The City of Niagara Falls is home to multiple museums.  Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum to get information about them and their locations and operating hours.

Arts, Culture & Museum Committee

The Arts, Culture & Museum Committee endeavours to promote an awareness of and appreciation for arts, cultural, and heritage activities within our community. The committee looks forward to connecting you with many talented organizations and persons in our city. They host art shows, awards ceremonies, provide funding, hold capacity workshops and have links with various Community Groups.  Check out the Arts, Culture & Museum Committee page for details.

City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan

In 2015, City Council for Niagara Falls approved a Culture Plan to identify, leverage and strengthen the community’s cultural resources. It will result in a better awareness of the City’s cultural resources, an improved quality of life for residents, opportunities to recognize and develop the cultural sector as both a cultural asset and an economic engine, as well as create improved opportunities for artists and cultural organizations to network, and to showcase or exhibit their artistic talent.  We are in the process of getting the Culture Plan AODA compliant.  If you require such a copy please contact the city staff listed on this website. You can download a copy of the Plan here.

Culture Forum

In November of 2015, the first Cultural Summit was held at the MacBain Community Centre. The public, artists and cultural organizations were invited to participate in dialogue about the next steps in the City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan.  The results of those meetings will assist in the development of the short term goals for the Culture Plan. Thanks to the Niagara Community Foundation for their support of this summit.  The 2016 Forum will be held on October 13th at 7 p.m. at the MacBain Community Centre.  
Check out the notes from the 2016 meeting.

Arts & Culture - Wall of Fame

The Arts & Culture Committee's Purpose is to foster, develop and unite artistic and cultural activities in the community. Through an Arts & Culture Wall of Fame initiative the community will have the opportunity to celebrate the many outstanding accomplishments of its past and present citizens, as well as the works of art that reflect the best of Niagara Falls. View the inductees to the Wall of Fame.

Stamford Collegiate Alumni Association Award In Memory of Barbara Frum

First awarded in 1992, the Barbara Frum Award is presented to an individual or an organization who has enhanced the quality of our lives by virtue of their "outstanding contribution to fostering and developing arts and culture opportunities in Niagara Falls.

The Barbara Frum Nomination Form is available in online.

Past Winners of the Barbara Frum Award

  • Micheal Madden (2016)
  • Philomena McCracken (2015)
  • Dr. John (Jock) Ainslie (2014)
  • Rick Rose (2013)
  • Derek Tidd (2012)
  • Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen's Association (2011)
  • John Anstruther (2009)
  • Elizabeth Detlor (2008)
  • Anthony J. Smith (2007)
  • Nancy Zimmerman (2005)
  • Niagara Concerts (2004)
  • Carmen Dix (2003)
  • Frances Corfield (2002)
  • Marjorie Slinn (2001)
  • Hilda Corkum (2000)
  • Sherman Zavitz (1999)
  • Egidio (Ed) Fantinel (1998)
  • Pamela Robb (1997)
  • Ruth Redmond (1996)
  • Adam Daniel White (1995)
  • Norma Potter (1994)
  • George and Olive Seibel (1994)
  • William S. Smeaton (1993)

Events Calendar

The City offers a Public Events Calendar for events happening in Niagara Falls.  View the events happening or submit your own community event to our calendar, free of charge. You can also visit CNiagara for a listing of culture events in the region.

Arts and Culture Events

The Northern Pikes

Friday, June 30, 2017 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
4624 Queen Street

The Northern Pikes are returning to the Seneca Queen Theatre!

Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival presents Canada Day Queen Street Art Show

Saturday, July 1, 2017 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Queen Street

Niagara Arts Showcase/Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival will feature talented artists at this family friendly event. Come by and visit, view and purchase some of the amazing artwork that Niagara has to offer. This is a preview of our main event at Firemen's Park on September 15 to 17. This is a free event.

Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival presents Canada Day Queen Street Art Show website link

Niagara Arts Showcase presents Canada Day Queen Street Music and Art Show

Saturday, July 1, 2017 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
4555 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Arts Showcase will feature talented musicians at 4555 Queen Street. Come by, sit and listen to some of the amazing musicians that Niagara has to offer and view/purchase some works of art from local artists. Raffle items will be available. This is a free event.

Niagara Arts Showcase presents Canada Day Queen Street Music and Art Show website link

Niagara Arts Showcase presents "There's Magic A Foot" Fundraiser

Saturday, July 1, 2017 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
4333 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario

To celebrate Canada's 150th Confederation, Niagara Arts Showcase will present 150 one foot by one foot pieces of art crafted by local artists. All pieces will be on display from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at The Hub on Queen, 4333 Queen Street (across from City Hall). The pieces will be up for sale at 7pm at a cost of $150 each. Refreshments and snacks will be served after 7pm.

Niagara Arts Showcase presents "There's Magic A Foot" Fundraiser website link

Canada Day @ the Museum

Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

July 1 @ 10am-5pm Celebrate our Nation by visiting the Museum for FREE today! Explore our galleries, complete a scavenger hunt and create a flag craft.

Canada Day @ the Museum website link

@ the Museum presents: Seniors' Stories, Steppin' Out in Niagara

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

July 4 @ 2:30pm Senior Stories: Steppin' Out in Niagara is an original musical play developed using stories gathered from older adults across the Niagara region. The talented cast members are all students from post-secondary drama programs. The show will be touring around Niagara from June 1 to July 7, 2017.

@ the Museum presents: Seniors' Stories, Steppin' Out in Niagara website link

FILI Choir performance

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara Falls

The Children Philharmonia / FILI of Szentegyhaza (Transylvania) will be on a concert tour for the Canada 150 celebrations. They will perform in Ottawa, Windsor, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Welland and Niagara Falls. The July 4th performance will be their farewell concert before flying back home on July 5th.

FILI Choir performance website link