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.




 Daily programs-  

October 11, 2016 through April 21, 2017

Hourly Film Presentation from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent takes visitors from the establishment of the Fort in the early 18th century through the restoration of the 1920s and 1930s. The 16-minute Surround Sound presentation immerses viewers in important events in the Fort's history like the Siege of 1759 and the British attack of December 19, 1813.

Hourly Musket Demonstration 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet a soldier from Fort Niagara's garrison and learn about the uniform, equipment, weapons and living conditions of the men who held the Fort for King and country.

Self Guided tours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Explore Fort Niagara's extensive 18th and 19th century buildings and fortifications at your own pace. A special walking tour brochure provides information on each building's history as well as the overall history of the Fort.


For Upcoming Special Events visit-



General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years old):

$  8.00

Children (5 years old and under):


Discount Admission
  • Senior Citizens
  • AAA/CAA members with a valid card
  • NYS Parks Discovery Pass coupon
  • Guests of Old Fort Niagara Association Members



Children (6 to 12 years old):

$  7.00

Group Admission

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. 


In the Area (Links to Other Regional Attractions)




Take the Free (in 2016) Discover Niagara Shuttle from Niagara Falls to the Fort
and 12 stops at the best things to see and do when visiting the Niagara Falls area

Niagara Falls State Park; Ft. Niagara State Park; NYS Historic Sites

The Seaway Trail

Lewiston and Youngstown, NY (The Lower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce)

Buffalo, NY (Buffalo/Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Niagara, Canada (Niagara Falls Tourism)

Historic Fort George (Parks Canada)

Historic Fort Erie (Niagara Parks Commission)

Historic Fort York

Buffalo State College Archaeological Field School