Here is another neat map that I took a picture of a while ago. I love seeing these old maps so you can see how things have changed. The copyright on the map is from 1973, so it was from before I was born!
You see references to the Niagara Aerocar, Marineland and Game Farm, the old Movieland location, the old Falls Tower Ride, the old Fallsway Motel (became the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill), the marine aquarium, waltzing waters, the daredevil gallery (where did that used to be?), the Niagara Falls Museum (now Bird Kingdom), the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame (now Ripley’s Moving Theatre, the old Tussaud’s location, the old Oneida Tower (now showing a Casino Niagara sign), Wonderful World of Fantasy (never heard of it), the Royal Tower (was also the Minolta Tower, and now is the Tower Hotel) and more.
Niagara Falls Museums is pleased to offer a great event with Family Day @ the Museum on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls.
Don’t miss out on the FREE Family Fun!
Admission to the museum is free. Inside, families can explore the galleries, enjoy entertainment and demonstrations, and take part in the activities related to the current exhibition in the OPG Temporary Gallery titled “Space”, which features a moon rock and a portable planetarium StarLab.
Starlab shows run every 30 minutes, on the hour and half hour and will be first come first serve. Entertainment will include musicians and a magician. There will be a constellation craft that younger visitors can create and families can get their portrait taken “on the moon”.
All the Museums galleries will be open during the day and there will be scavenger hunts and quizzes to fill out. Walk the tightrope, build a bridge or dress up in War of 1812 uniforms.
A detailed agenda including map will be available when you check in at the Museum and there is lots of free parking in the Sylvia Place parking lot.
Science Fiction Film Humanized – Bold Films on the Big Screen
The Niagara Falls Museums is pleased to announce the next film series presented at the Niagara Falls History Museum as part of @ the Museum Thursday Night.
This series complements our current exhibition on SPACE in the OPG Gallery, which features a Starlab, a moon rock from NASA and images of Niagara Falls at night. With that influence in mind, Joan Nicks, series programmer, has put together a series that examines the human condition within the context of space and the future. All films start at 7pm sharp and will be introduced by film critic and programmer Joan Nicks.
Films in the series include stars such as Harrison Ford, George Clooney and Kevin Spacey. The series starts on February 6 with Blade Runner (1982, 117 minutes, Rated 14A). This film is one of the coolest and visually inventive, post-modern films ever. Other films in the series include missions to a space station to investigate what went wrong with the crew, the emptiness of space and a wry comic adventure.
The film series schedule is;
February 6 – Blade Runner February 20 – Solaris March 6 – Moon March 20 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy April 3 – TBA
According to Prof. Nicks, “Georges Méliès’ whimsical film, A Trip to the Moon (1902), launched the science-fiction film. This series showcases some of the best directors who bring narrative richness, stylistic maturity and humanity to the genre.” Ever since then, film makers have used the genre to tell some of the most compelling stories on the big screen. This series examines the potential that the genre has to look towards the future while telling stories that have impact on the present.
As Niagara Falls prepares for the 200th anniversary of the Battles of Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane, the 199th anniversary events that are planned will have something for everyone. We are continuing with our month filled with great events on Thursday, July 18th during our @ the Museum Thursday Night series with an event called “Impersonating 1812”.
Starting at 6 p.m., visitors to this free family night will see, smell and partake in life during the War of 1812. Working with local reenactors, the museum will host a fashion show, where you will see the clothing soldiers and civilians would have worn in Niagara Falls in the early 19th century.
We also have sutlers selling their wares and also discussing such things as flowers, herbs, quilting and needle work.
Kids will have a chance to join in a mini militia and march with soldiers. There will be something for everyone and all ages as the night will end with a presentation of music and dance, as the Regency Dancers will put on some moves and give a few tips on how to do it.
This free event will be a great way to have some fun on a Thursday night in the Main and Ferry area. Check out our website for more great 1812 events such as “Hear the Cannons Roar” & “Petticoats, Boots and Muskets”.
Two months after making history, wirewalker Nik Wallenda will be back in Niagara Falls Wednesday.
For an invite-only event at Bravo Pizzeria (7:30 p.m.), Wallenda will have a concrete impression made of his feet, to be placed in the daredevil exhibit at the newly-renovated Niagara Falls Museum.
Wallenda’s walk across the falls on June 15 was the first such stunt in more than a century, and was a ratings smash for ABC, which devoted three hours of prime time coverage to the event. It was the network’s most-watched show on a Friday night in five years. In Canada, where the walk was shown on CTV, it was the biggest non-sports special ever broadcast during the summer. At 10:41 p.m., near the end of Wallenda’s 26-minute walk, nearly seven million Canadians were tuned in.
Last week I had another opportunity to go to Bird Kingdom. Since the last time I was there, the Niagara Room has opened and I wanted to see that. It isn’t a big addition to the attraction, but it is nice. There is a room just before you go into the reptile encounter room where they have information about the history of Niagara Falls. There are reprints of various photos and newspaper articles. Since I’m pretty familiar with Niagara Falls and its history, there wasn’t much new there for me to see, but I still enjoyed it. In particular, it was neat to see a couple of photos of the Bird Kingdom from years ago before it was even the Niagara Falls Museum (when it was the Spirella Corset Company). This time, I also brought my parents along. They both found it interesting.
Once we got to the main aviary, my mother raved about it. She was thrilled when she fed the lorikeets. A lot of attractions say that there is “fun for the whole family”, but in the case of Bird Kingdom, it is definitely true. My 4-year-old daughter enjoyed it, as I did, as my mother did.
I took some more pictures while I was there for this last visit. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below. You can visit the Bird Kingdom in August 2012 to see the rest of the thumbnails and full-size images.
There are a lot of things to do in Niagara Falls. You really can’t do everything in a day, or maybe even two or three days. But there are a few things that are definitely worth the trip. Bird Kingdom (formerly Niagara Falls Aviary) is one of those places you should definitely check out.
Along River Rd, just to the north of the Rainbow Bridge is the old Niagara Falls Museum. After being closed for many years, the property was bought and turned into the Bird Kingdom (Niagara Falls Aviary) in 2000.
You enter at street level into a beautiful gift shop. You get your tickets and then head upstairs to the first floor. That is where you enter the Encounter Room. There are birds, snakes, lizards and more out on display. Depending on the time of day, you can see them being fed, and at almost any time you can hold one of the creatures. The girl that was working the encounter room when we were there was incredibly nice, and was very helpful. She got the Kookaburra to make noise (the first part of the video below) and helped my two sons hold on exotic bird. They were thrilled.
You then head up another level where you go into the Small Aviary. This is a small room (about the same size as the encounter room) where small birds are flying free. The room is setup with dirt, trees, water, and other food for the birds. It is beautiful. As the little birds zip through the room you almost worry that you are going to get hit!
Next comes the Nocturnal Room. You can see some insects, lizards, reptiles, and bats in this room. There is also a small sand area where kids can “dig” for artifacts.
Lastly is the Main (large) Aviary. This is the main part of the Bird Kingdom, and it really does look like a kingdom! There is a 40-ft working waterfall, an authentic Javanese Tea House, and a Lorikeet feeding area. The walkways and decor make you think you are walking through some tropical ruins. I’ve been a few times over the years, but every time I walk into the Main Aviary I always comment how gorgeous it is!
While we were in the Main Aviary, we stopped and fed the Lorikeets. If you’ve never done this before, you should give it a try. It only costs a couple of dollars, and you are given a sweet nectar in a small cup. The birds flock around you and sit on your arms, hands, shoulders, and sometimes even your head in order to get the nectar. It’s a lot of fun.
Even though the place is filled with birds, it is remarkably clean. You do need to be careful though. My 9-year-old son got dropped on twice by birds, and then put his hand in some another time. We all thought it was pretty funny. At first he was annoyed, but by the time he put his hand in it, he just grinned and laughed.
I took a lot of pictures while we were there. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the rest of the thumbnails and the larger images in the Bird Kingdom in Summer 2012 gallery.