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Arts & Museums
Dedicated mostly to the work of painter William Kurelek, this gallery was the dream of Canadian immigrants Mykola and Olha Kolankiwsky who were so inspired by the artist's The Passion of Christ series, they purchased land in Niagara Falls to house his collection. Today, the gallery also features temporary exhibitions on a rotating basis from local artists and has an art education program for children. The gallery also hosts the International Women's Day Non-Juried Exhibition, held in honor of International Women's Day from February to April and features female artists from the region.
Featuring displays ranging from pioneer furniture, glass, and early tourism to the War of 1812, this museum offers an array of exhibits. It is housed in an historic cut-stone building close. Aside from battle artifacts, the museum also has a collection of toys, a Victorian parlor and traveling exhibits. One of the more interesting exhibits is the story of the development of Niagara Falls as one of the world's major tourist centers.
Used to accompany the spectacular Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic movie at the Niagara Falls IMAX Theatre, this exhibit features the barrels and gear used by daredevils in their attempts to tame the Falls. There are also photos, articles, and even a remarkable video taken from the inside of a barrel as it plunged over the Falls. A special section of the museum is dedicated to the Hill family of daredevils.
The Criminals Hall of Fame is a museum that displays wax statues of infamous criminals. Essentially a wax museum, it houses 18 well crafted wax replicas of criminals like Ted Bundy, Al Capone, Karla Homolka, Billy the Kid and Pretty Boy Floyd among others. With a weird theme, this museum has gained much popularity with the tourists.
Once you've visited this out-of-the-world attraction just a block from Casino Niagara, you'll never doubt the existence of aliens again. Not only will you find just about every alien creature conceivable; from Darth Vader to the Predator; but you'll actually have the opportunity to track an escaped one down. Or is it the other way around? And if alien-sighting whets your appetite, stop in at Planet Hollywood for a bite.
The lifelike figures in this museum are the closest most of us will come to meeting heroes from the past and those making headlines today. From movie stars to presidents, they've all been reproduced at this world-famous waxworks with franchises around the globe. Here, you'll find myriad figures in and photos with your hero or heroine are encouraged.
Now you can put a face and a place to all those Believe It or Not cartoon figures when you visit this gallery of the unusual. Located a block from Casino Niagara and a walk away from the Falls, this is one of two Believe It or Not museums in Canada and of 28 worldwide. It features exhibits and interactive displays inspired by the work of Robert Ripley, who worked as a cartoonist for The New York Globe in the early 1900s.
If you can't get enough of your favorite film stars, then head over to this museum where you'll find the likes of Cher, Jim Carrey, and Bill Cosby caught in that perfect thespian moment. Or you can reminisce while taking in the sets of classic movies.
Using video, interactive games, computers, life-sized models and props, this museum brings to life the wildly popular Guinness Book of World Records to create an attraction that draws thousands each year. Located just a block from Casino Niagara and a walk to the Falls, the museum offers you the opportunity to be photographed next to the World's Fattest Man. Or to stand next to a model of the World's Tallest Man.
Located north of the Rainbow Bridge in the Niagara Reservation State Park, this geological museum offers visitors a multi-screen show on the 12,000-year history of the Niagara Gorge and Falls. Built in 1971 on the site of the Schoellkopf Hydro Electric Generating Station #3, destroyed by a rockslide in 1956, the museum was designed to look like a water turbine. The museum features a 13-minute show, hands-on displays such as 400-million-year-old worm trails, and a spectacular view of the Niagara River and Gorge.
Located close to Niagara Reservation State Park and the Rainbow Center Factory Outlet, this museum features life-like wax figures of many of the Niagara frontier's early explorers. Father Hennepin and Robert Lasalle are included, as well as modern-day daredevils who have gone over the Falls in a barrel. Other displays include Indian villages, historical street scenes, how electrical power is made, and the Ice Bridge. Aside from the wax figures, the museum also has a collection of maps and other artifacts related to the Niagara Frontier. Admission: USD7 for Adults.
This museum is dedicated to those who have tried to tame the Niagara Falls in some way; be it Nicola Tesla and his power generation, or Sam Patch who, in 1829, jumped from a 20-meter (70-foot) high platform into the Niagara River. The museum has gone from a series of historic daredevil displays to a true hall of fame with induction ceremonies for present-day heroes who've taken the plunge. Located beneath the Rainbow Bridge not far from the Niagara Falls, the museum has hundreds of photos, artifacts, videos and memorabilia.