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Willoughby Historical Museum

Left: Front view of museum; Right: Vintage cannon and Niagara River Parkway view


General Information

The Willoughby Historical Museum is located along the beautiful Niagara Parkway facing out towards the Niagara River. A short distance across the river, one can see the United States.  British-Canadian forces fought a violent battle against American troops during the war of 1812.

The museum offers visitors a chance to see how the township of Whilloughby amalgamated with the Village of Chippawa and into the city of Niagara Falls.  This is shown through various historical pieces and interpretation in the museum dating as far back as the 1700s.  It was created as an expression of pride felt by the community during the festivities of Canada's centennial celebrations in 1967.  Exhibits in the museum include authentic historical and household artifacts, antique tools, handicrafts, and a display to commemorate the Battle of Chippawa.

The Willoughby Historical Museum is located only 1km from Chippawa Battlefield Park. The most recent display in the museum features the course of actions and routes taken by the American and British soldiers during the war of 1812.


This point of interest is linked to The Battlefields of The War of 1812 Tour.


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Hours of Operation

Victoria Day Weekend - Labour Day          Open daily 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Labour Day - Victoria Day Weekend          Open Wednesday to Sunday    11:00 am - 4:00 pm


From Niagara Falls:

Head south on Victoria Avenue toward Crawford Place

Turn left to merge onto King's Hwy 420

Continue onto Falls Avenue

Continue onto Niagara River Parkway

Continue onto Macklem Street

Turn left at Portage Road

Continue onto Cummington Square West

Turn left at Main Street

Main Street turns slightly right and becomes Niagara River Parkway

Turn right at Weaver Road

The museum is located on the left at 9935 Niagara Parkway

From Toronto:

Follow QEW Niagara to Lyons Creek Road Exit
Turn left at the top of the exit
Follow Lyons Creek Road into the village of Chippawa
In the village of Chippawa, Lyons Creek Road becomes Main Street
Follow Main Street until you reach the Niagara Parkway (at the river)
Follow the Niagara Parkway to the right
The museum is located at 9935 Niagara Parkway at the intersection of Weaver Road

From the Rainbow Bridge (US Border):

After crossing the border coming into Canada start out going West on Kitchener Street toward Hunter Street
Turn Left onto Stanley Avenue
Turn Left onto Marineland Parkway follow into the Village of Chippawa
Turn Left onto Main Street
Turn Right onto the Niagara Parkway
Museum will be on the right at 9935 Niagara Parkway




There are beautiful picnicing areas close to the museum located along the Niagara Parkway.  The view of the Niagara River is spectacular, and along the parkway is a paved path designed for bike rides, rollerbladers, walkers, and joggers. The beautiful Niagara Parkway is a popular place to visit all year round. 


Further Information

 The Official War of 1812 Bicentennial Website. War of 1812 Celebrating 200 Years of Peace. December 2, 2009.  http://www.visit1812.com/ 
Graves.Donald. War of 1812-1814 The Battle of Chippawa July 5th 1814. December 2, 2009. http://war1812.tripod.com/batchip.html

This webpage was prepared by Kristin Atkinson and Cavelle Schmid in December 2009. Trip narration by Kristin Atkinson, photos by Cavelle Schmid and Kristin Atkinson. Thanks  to the staff at Brock University for their help in the creation of this page. 

Ownership & Management

Owned by the City of Niagara Falls/Operated by the City of Niagara Falls Board of Museums


The museum has a small gift shop with souvenirs. Available on site are public washrooms, picnic areas, free parking, bicycle rack and direct access to the Niagara River Recreational Trail.

Admission Fee

Admission to museum is by donation


The main entrace and the main level is the only portion of the museum that is accessible


Whilloughby Museum
9935 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2E 6S6 Municipality Whilloughby Township



GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.033996
Longitude -79.019393


Manager: Kathleen Powell, Curator: Sara Byers-Ogilvie
Tel (905)-295-4036
Fax (905)-295-4036
Email whmuseum@niagarafalls.ca
Website www.niagarafallsmuseum.ca/whilloughby.html

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