Arts & Culture


Night of Art 2015 showing the back of the Niagara Falls History Museum, artists in the Bike Parade and other activities taking place

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 Museum Thursday night presents: The Great Canadian Historical Songbook

Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum 5810 Ferry Street

January 24 @ 7pmJoin local musicians Aaron Berger, Laurel Minnes, Juliet Dunn, Adrienne Smoke, and Joe Lapinski as they bring history alive with songs and words that tell local stories. Their setlist includes stories of Indigenous and Black history, unsung heroes, smugglers and daredevils, and inventors who changed the world!

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: The Great Canadian Historical Songbook website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series; Political Players on Screen

Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum 5810 Ferry Street

THE CANDIDATE (Michael Ritchie, 1972) 110 mins. Rated PG Robert Redford gives a virtuoso performance as a candidate for the US Senate, tested by a political system of compromised ideals and the traps of fame. Co-starring Peter Boyle and Melvyn Douglas. Awards: Oscar, Best Writing/Story/Screenplay.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series; Political Players on Screen website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: A Railway History of NotL

Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Peter Mulcaster, P. Eng, explores the beginnings of Niagara-on-the-Lake railways dating back to 1854 and the resulting economic and strategic benefits they had for travel, tourism, industry, agriculture, and the military. This talk will feature period maps and many black and white photographs. A stimulating night for local history enthusiasts and rail historians alike!

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: A Railway History of NotL website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series

Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

WAG THE DOG (Barry Levinson, 1997) 90 minsRated PG "Confirms every awful thought you've ever had about media manipulation and the gullibility of the American public" (L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan). A smart, entertaining film as timely as today. With Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, and Anne Heche in fine form. Awards: Oscar nominations, Best Actor, Screen Writing.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series website link

Family Fun Day @ the Museum

Monday, February 18, 2019 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Spend Family Day exploring biodiversity and habitat conservation @ the Museum with the Earth Rangers live animal shows at: 11am, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm. This unique and up-close encounter with their animal ambassadors will leave you educated and inspired to help protect animals in the wild. Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. We also have the 3 galleries to explore -all for Free

Family Fun Day @ the Museum website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: The Stories Were Not Told, Canada's WWI Internment Camps

Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Award-winning author & photographer Sandra Semchuk visits the NFHM to share stories from her new book, The Stories Were Not Told: Canada's WWI Internment Camps. Sandra will share little-known stories about a remorseful period of Canadian history, including how her research for this book took her to Niagara Falls. Sandra is excited to meet and discuss history with like-minded people at the Museum.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: The Stories Were Not Told, Canada's WWI Internment Camps website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series

Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Political Players on Screen:THE IDES OF MARCH, 101 minsRated 14A George Clooney directs and stars in this gritty drama about the secrets of an attractive presidential candidate, exposed by an idealistic press agent played by Ryan Gosling. Fine performances, as usual, by Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman Awards: Nominated for and Oscar and three Golden Globes.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series website link