Public archaeology at the Niagara Apothecary

Niagara Apothecary

Wednesdays through Sundays until August 25, 2017 | approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in sunny and overcast conditions

This summer, see archaeology in action and discover what's going on beneath the surface at the Niagara Apothecary!

Cost: Public archaeology: Free | Museum admission: Free | Donations welcome

Watch an archaeological excavation, see fascinating finds from past digs, and meet archaeologists from the Ontario Heritage Trust and volunteers from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society and Museum.

Step inside the Apothecary (open daily from noon to 6 p.m.), to experience one of the area’s earliest pharmacies and explore prescriptions from the past – from leeches to mysterious "miracle cure-alls."

Since the Trust began excavating in late July, curious visitors have been stopping by to see what the team has unearthed. Previous digs at the Apothecary, which operated from the late 1860s to 1964, revealed the remains of earlier buildings, ceramics, metal artifacts, intact pharmaceutical bottles and thousands of glass container fragments.

Visitors to the site will also have the opportunity to learn about the Trust's MyOntario – A vision over time, a conversation about our experiences, identities, values and aspirations. This initiative invites Ontarians to share the places, memories, photos, artifacts, artworks and traditions that inspire them. Do you have a favourite artifact from a local museum or a fascinating family heirloom? Share these and other stories ...

The Niagara Apothecary – a National Historic Site – is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and operates as a museum by the Ontario College of Pharmacists.


Niagara Apothecary (rear yard)
5 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario