Embark on a learning adventure at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. Explore the history of the Welland Canal, our community’s link to the Underground Railroad or one of our rotating special exhibits with a curriculum-based guided tour.
In addition to the Museum’s galleries, both guided and self-guided tour programs include access to the Lock 3 Viewing Platform and admission to the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Pre- and post-visit classroom activity packages are now available for our Follow the North Star and Welland Canals tour programs. We’re happy to work with teachers to tailor museum experiences to classroom needs.
Check out our newest school programs brochure or contact the programming department for more information.
NEW! Ask about our Heritage Fair Program
Back by popular demand!
Our popular in-classroom program is available free of charge to St. Catharines schools for the 2013-2014 school year. Ideal for students in grades 4-6, this program, led by Museum staff, is designed to give students a behind-the-scenes look at museum work. Full of hands-on activities, this interactive program is 90 minutes in length. Limited bookings are available – reserve your presentation early!
Edu-kits are a great way to bring a part of the Museum into the classroom and support hands-on, curriculum based learning for your students. Our kits come in three sizes and all include resource materials, artifacts/objects and a “mini library” for your class to explore. Kits are available for a 12-day rental period.
For a look inside our kits and a comprehensive listing of objects and artifacts in each, follow the “kit contents” link beside the kit title. In addition to the objects and artifacts listed, our kits also contain resource material, lesson ideas and a mini library.
Large Kits ($40 rental fee for 12-day period):
Medium Kits ($25 rental fee for 12-day period):
Small Kits ($18 rental fee for 12-day period):
Non-school Group Tours
The museum offers specialty tours, such as black history, Welland Canals, community history and our all-encompassing general tour. Included is a 15-minute video on the Welland Canals (also available in French).
Group tour: $3.98 plus HST
Video Only: $25.00 per booked group.
Please call 905-984-8880 to book your tour.
The Museum offers public programming at varying times of the year, including weekend activities and a wide variety of special events and public programs throughout the year, which complement the travelling exhibit on display during that time. In some cases, an admission fee may apply.
For more information about our annual events and public programming offerings, please visit the Museum Events page.
For information on hours and location, please visit Planning a Visit to the St. Catharines Museum.
To collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret artifacts and archival records, along with their associated information relative to the history of St. Catharines and the Welland Canals for the education and enjoyment of the public.