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Current Exhibits

Fort Erie Museums operate several sites throughout Greater Fort Erie. Each site offers exciting and informative exhibits to the public.  Below is a list of the current exhibits along with it's location and a brief description about the exhibit. 

two women opening an exhibit drawer at the Fort Erie Historical Museum

Exhibit Name: Community Gallery

Location: Fort Erie Historical Museum, Ridgeway

Discover the history behind the many hamlets, villages and towns that exist within Fort Erie.

The history of Battle of Ridgeway is represented by artifacts from this significant event.


Exhibit Name: Patrick Dearborn

Location: Fort Erie Historical Museum, Ridgeway

Patrick John Dearborn lived in Ridgeway, Ontario before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps to fight in Vietnam. He was killed in action on November 2, 1967, days before his nineteenth birthday. This new exhibit contains artifacts that have been donated by the family including his Purple Heart medal and other medals, insignia and photographs. Lance Corporal Dearborn’s story is also told through his own voice. Selections from Patrick’s heartfelt recorded message to his Mom can be listened to at the Historical Museum and by clicking here.


Exhibit Name: The Canadian Militia: Unsung Heroes of Confederation

Location: Fort Erie Historical Museum, Ridgeway

Recreations of all 23 original watercolours by Alexander von Erichsen are now on display in the Community Gallery. The images are the most comprehensive visual interpretation for the Fenian Raid and Battle of Ridgeway in existence.


Exhibit Name: The Canadian Militia: Unsung Heroes of Confederation Travelling Exhibit

Display a piece of local history and bring recreations of these pieces to your organization. More information is available now. Contact the Museum to express your interest: 905-894-5322.

Made In Fort Erie Exhibit gallery 

Exhibit Name: Made In Fort Erie

Location: Fort Erie Historical Museum, Ridgeway 

Discover the wide range of objects made in Fort Erie, from homemade to commercially made including items developed here.  This exhibit will change objects on display and features an area where you can discover more and add your own knowledge.


Exhibit Sponsors:             


                   Bertie Historical Society

The Capern Family                                  Karen Angle

man looking at archaeological dig exhibit

Exhibit Name: Mewinzha: A Journey Back in Time,

Location: Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority Building, 100 Queen St., Fort Erie

This gallery features archaeological artifacts recovered from the Peace Bridge Site alongside First Nations artwork.  Uncover thousands of years of human history in Fort Erie.

Visit the exhibit, The Bridge that Peace Built, on the second floor.  This exhibit traces the history of river crossings between Buffalo and Fort Erie. Note: These exhibits are currently closed to the public.

wide angle image of the Railway Museum Buildings and Steam Engine

Exhibit Name: Fort Erie Railway Museum

Location: 400 Central Ave., Fort Erie

Visit the 6218 Steam locomotive and the caboose.

Exhibits located inside the Ridgeway Train Station include Romance and the Reality and Tourist Lines.


Outreach Exhibits

Enjoy these museum exhibits located in the community:

The Battle of Ridgeway outdoor exhibit at the Battle of Ridgeway Memorial Park,

The Erie Beach Interpretive Panels and Niagara Movement Plaque at Waverly Beach Park, (Link to Youtube video of Niagara Movement Plaque Unveiling)

For a full list of Heritage Plaques and Monuments click here.

The Town Hall exhibit showcase features items from the museum's collection and celebrates local historical and current events Currently on display: "Longest Serving Mayor" -  a celebration of some of the longest serving top elected officials.