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Museum Programs

Two children explore the wheelhouse in the Museum's gallery


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

Guided tour programs available for the 2015/2016 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

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.

Check out our newest school programs brochure or contact the programming department for more information.

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


 The Travelling Museum

Back by popular demand!Travelling Museum kit logo

Our popular in-classroom program is available free of charge to St. Catharines schools for the 2015-2016 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

The Junior Travelling Museum

NEW for 2016! 

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, 2016. 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 2016


Heritage Fair Workshop photoEdu-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.

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):

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: $3.98 plus HST
Video Only: $25 per booked group.
Call 905.984.8880 to book your tour.

Man in historic clothing showing visitors how to play historic games 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:

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.

Museum's purpose

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.


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