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Museum Programs

Potato Sack Races on Canada Day

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.

School Group Tours and Programs

View our 2016-17 School Programs Brochure here.

Guided tours and programs available for the 2016/2017 school year:

  • The Welland Canals
  • Follow the North Star
  • The Promise of Hope: Immigration and St. Catharines
  • Doing Our Bit: WWI from St. Catharines to the Western Front
  • NEW! Down to Earth: Agriculture in the Garden City (K-3)
  • NEW! Top 10 Museum Tour
  • NEW! Junior Engineers (K-3)
  • Canal Walk

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 & Museum.

Pre- and post-visit classroom activity packages are now available for our selected tour programs. We're happy to work with teachers to tailor museum experiences to classroom needs.

Booking Made Easy

Now you can request your school program online! Complete this form and email it to the Museum. A member of our Programming Team will be in touch to confirm the date, time and details of your visit.*

*Please note: submission of the form does not confirm your program booking. If your requested date and program is available, you will receive a separate confirmation letter, which will include the full cost of your program.

Please be advised of our new 2017 Rates which are not reflected in the school programs brochure:

  • Elementary Students: $4.10 (no HST)
  • Secondary School Students: $4.10 (incl. HST)

If you have any questions regarding fees please contact the Museum at 905.984.8880.

Group of children sitting in front of a display in the Museum gallery


The Travelling Museum

Travelling Museum kit logoBack by popular demand, our in-classroom program is available free of charge to St. Catharines schools for the 2016-2017 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!

Now Available: The Travelling Museum Curriculum Connections

Request a visit from the Travelling Museum online

Complete this form and email it to the Museum. A member of our Programming Team will be in touch to confirm the date, time and details of your program.*

The Junior Travelling Museum

A program designed especially for young historians! The Junior Travelling Museum offers 60 minutes of hands-on exploration and activities for students in Kindergarten - Grade 3. Limited program bookings are available April - June, 2017. The Junior Travelling Museum is offered free of charge to St. Catharines schools.

Heritage Fair Workshop

Inspire your students' own Heritage Fair projects with this in-classroom workshop led by Museum staff. Hands-on activities are designed to help students research, create and curate their own projects. This workshop comes to your classroom for $4/student for schools throughout the Niagara Region. The Heritage Fair Workshop is offered for grades 4-8 and is 90 minutes in length. 

Limited bookings available, January - March 2017

Request your Heritage Fair Workshop online

Complete this form and email it to the Museum. A member of our Programming Team will be in touch to confirm the date, time and details of your program.*


Edu-Kits availableEdu-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, beginning on Friday and ending on a Wednesday.

For a look inside our kits and a comprehensive listing of objects and artifacts in each, click on the kit name. In addition to the objects and artifacts listed, our kits also contain resource material, lesson ideas and a mini library. For curriculum connections for each of our EduKits, please follow the link below the kit name.

Request an EduKit online

Complete this form and email it to the Museum. A member of our Programming Team will be in touch to confirm the date, time and details of your kit rental.*

Large Kits ($40.85 rental fee for 12-day period):

Medium Kits ($25.55 rental fee for 12-day period):

Small Kits ($18.40 rental fee for 12-day period):

Public Programs & Booked Tours

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: $4.07 per adult, plus HST
Video Only: $25.55 per booked group.
Call 905.984.8880 to book your tour.

Man in historic clothing at the Museum's Canada Day celebration

Public Programming
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.

Regular programming includes:

  • Winter Holidays
  • Family Day
  • March Break
  • PA Day Programs
  • Open Late Programs (Tuesdays, 5pm-8pm, Victoria Day to Thanksgiving)
  • Canada Day
  • Summer Programs
  • Guided Spirit Walks
  • aMUSE
  • Exhibit Openings

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.


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