Visitor Information

Hours of Operation:

January, February and March 2021- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed New Year's Day)

April-May 2021- Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Memorial Day through Labor Day 2021- 7 days per week 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

September-November 2021- Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving Day)

December 2021- Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed Christmas Day)

Hours are subject to change. Check here for updates. 


Important Information:

  1. If you are sick, please do not enter and encourage your family not to enter until you are all well.  
  2. Wear face coverings as per NYS law.
  3. Maintain minimum 6-foot social distance. 
  4. We are committed to keeping you healthy and safe, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19. We rely on you to protect yourself by washing your hands often and avoid touching your face, maintain your distance from others, avoid touching surfaces.

Health Monitoring

All employees are required to monitor their health and will be subject to daily touchless temperature checks.  They will not report to work if showing any symptoms of Covid-19 (congestion, cough, fever, muscle pain, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) but will communicate their absence and reason for the same to the Executive Director or designee. An employee or volunteer who becomes sick or displays any symptoms for Covid-19 will immediately be sent home by the Executive Director or designee. Employees displaying symptoms must be tested and self-isolate if awaiting test results. They will stay home for 14 days or until a subsequent negative test result.

Staff reporting to work must sign in certifying that they have no Covid-19 symptoms, no positive testing within the last 14 days and have not knowingly had contact with a Covid-19 case within the past 14 days or other high risk behavior, such as air travel or travel to hot spots.

Information on local health facilities and testing locations is located at the Visitor Center desk and main office.

Social Distancing

Building occupancy will be limited to 25% capacity. Staff will monitor access and egress to building spaces. Staff will maintain capacity limits by asking visitors to wait or redirecting them to unoccupied spaces. Distinct spaces and corresponding capacities (based on square footage) are:

  1. Visitor Center Lobby - 10
  2. Museum Shop - 8
  3. Museum and Theater – 20 
  4. South Redoubt - 10
  5. Provisions Storehouse - 10
  6. Log Cabin -10
  7. Bake House –  One Travel Party only
  8. French Castle – 25 
  9. North Redoubt - 15

Travel parties (mix of family and friends) will go through the fort together. Even in groups of ten or less, social distancing should be maintained from others who are not part of the same family/travel party. Encourage visitors to move in a clockwise direction around the site.

Visitors will enter the French Castle through the Lower Guard Room door. They will travel in a clockwise direction, visiting the first floor, the second floor and the third in that order. Staircases are one-way. Upon descending from the third floor, visitors will exit the Castle via the Trade Room. Staff will direct visitors how to proceed.

All living history demonstrations will occur outdoors in a specially roped off area.

Visitor Center theater capacity is 10.

Cleanliness and Sanitation

Place acrylic screens in the following locations as “sneeze barriers”

  • Admissions desk
  • Museum Shop counter
  • Log Cabin food Service

Frequently clean door  handles, trash receptacles, light switches, phones, computers, office equipment, handrails, tables, seats, benches, toilets, sinks, faucets, soap dispensers, towel dispensers, counter tops, point of sales equipment, phones, radios. Staff to clean their own work area between transactions by wiping down surfaces between transactions with disinfecting spray.

Buildings and Grounds will coordinate cleaning logs that document date time and scope of cleaning.

Sanitize wheel chairs between uses.

Cash-credit card handling- wear gloves, sanitize hands between transactions.

Open doors and windows where possible to increase airflow and reduce the number of touch points.

Personal Hygiene

Encourage frequent hand washing for staff and visitors.

Hand sanitizer will be placed in the following locations;

  • Visitor Center Lobby
  • Visitor Center Restrooms
  • Provisions Storehouse
  • Castle Restrooms
  • Log Cabin

Wipe counters, keypads and other high-touch surfaces between uses.

Employees to wash hands or use hand sanitizer between transactions.

Encourage at least 20 second hand washing.

Personal Protective Equipment

Staff to wear masks when social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are not to be shared.

Admissions, museum shop and food service staff to wear gloves.

All staff and visitors required to wear face coverings in public buildings. Those without masks will not be admitted.

Food Service 

-follow FDA best practices and observe all of the above guidelines.  In addition,

-No buffet style or shared food.

-Simplify menu to pre-packaged items or foods requiring minimal preparation.

-Outdoor seating only- tables at least 6 feet apart.

-Visitors seated at the same table must be from the same travel party. There shall be no more than 10 persons per table.

-Establish one-way traffic in serving area- in the double doors and out the back room.

-Limit occupancy of serving area to 10 persons.

-Vendor drop off will be at the north end of the Log Cabin, away from visitor traffic. All incoming packaging will be wiped down with disinfectant.

-Kitchen- minimize sharing of kitchen equipment. Adhere to hygiene, cleaning and disinfection requirements from CDC and NYS Department of Health. Clean and disinfect shared surfaces before and after use. Clean equipment when employees change workstations.

-Wash hands and replace gloves frequently.

-Offer only limited condiments in single use, disposable packages

-Hand sanitizer and masks will be available for purchase in the museum shop.

Come Visit Us!
Here Is 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 an orientation video, self-guided tour 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.

If you are coming to Old Fort Niagara there is NO better way than taking the FREE Discover Niagara Shuttle!  Click the image below to learn more.

Hours of Operation

The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

January through March, Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Closed Monday-Thursday)

April- May, Open Wednesday through Sunday. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Memorial Day to Labor Day, Open 7 Days per week.

September-November, Open Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

December 2021, Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years) 


Children (5 and under):






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Old Fort Niagara is operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1927. We do not rely on tax dollars. Instead, the Fort is funded through a combination of admission fees, museum shop sales, and charitable contributions.

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