What You'll Experience
Old Fort Niagara offers you a chance to step back in time to an era when great empires struggled for control of North America.You'll visit original 18th century buildings, enjoy incredible views and take part in exciting living history programs. The Fort's Visitor Center offers you introductory exhibits filled with original artifacts and an award-winning 16-minute orientation film. Don't miss the Fort's original War of 1812 Flag.
Inside the Fort, you'll tour original buildings where Native American, French, British and American soldiers lived and worked from the 18th to the 20th centuries. During the summer months you'll witness musket and artillery firing demonstrations, go on a guided tour, see artisans at work and learn about life on the Niagara Frontier during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
If you visit during one of our special events, you'll meet reenactors who faithfully recreate the lives of past Fort garrisons and depict the struggles that led to the birth of the United States and Canada. If you visit during the off season, you'll enjoy self-guided or audio tours and hourly musket demonstrations in addition to the many exhibits and period rooms throughout the Fort. Why not make plans to visit the Fort today? You'll experience a unique blend of authenticity and drama that brings history alive.
Hours of Operation
The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
January - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
July-August - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
September - December - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
please note: ticket sales cease 30 minutes before posted closing time.
September 1 through October 10, 2016
9:20 a.m. Guided Orientation Tour
10:00 a.m. Film Presentation- Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent
10:00 a.m. Meet the Soldier: Musket Firing Demonstration
10:20 a.m. Guided Orientation Tour
11:00 a.m. Film Presentation- Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent
11:00 a.m. Meet the Soldier: Musket Firing Demonstration
11:20 a.m. Guided Orientation Tour
11:30 a.m. Mortar Firing Demonstration
Noon: Film Presentation- Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent
Noon: Meet the Soldier: Musket Firing Demonstration
Noon to 3:00 p.m. Fort Niagara Lighthouse open for tours.
1:00 p.m. Film Presentation- Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent
1:00 p.m. Meet the Soldier: Musket Firing Demonstration
1:20 p.m. Guided Orientation Tour
2:00 p.m. Film Presentation- Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent
2:00 p.m. Meet the Soldier: Musket Firing Demonstration
2:20 p.m. Guided Orientation Tour
3:00 p.m. Film Presentation- Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent
3:00 p.m. Mortar Firing Demonstration
3:20 p.m. Guided Orientation Tour
4:00 p.m. Meet the Soldier: Musket Firing Demonstration
October 11, 2016 through April 21, 2017
Hourly Film Presentation from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hourly Musket Demonstration 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Self Guided tours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For Upcoming Special Events visit-
Children (6 to 12 years old):
Children (5 years old and under):
Children (6 to 12 years old):
Special admission rates are available to groups of 12 or more persons. Advance reservations are not required, but additional benefits can be made available to groups who schedule a visit more than two weeks in advance. Please telephone Old Fort Niagara at 716.745.7611 for more information.
Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day you can have lunch in the Fort's Log Cabin. We offer a reasonably priced menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wraps, snacks, bottled water, soft drinks, hot chocolate, coffee, shakes floats and ice cream.
The Museum Shop
Located in the Visitor Center, the Museum Shop offers a wide array of books, Old Fort Niagara apparel and souvenirs of your visit. The Shop is open at 9:00 am each day. An admission ticket is not required to visit the Museum Shop.
For driving directions click "Directions" at top of this page.
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