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St. Catharines Museum Exhibits 

Doing Our Bit: WWI from St. Catharines to the Western Front - September 2014 to November 2018



To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this exhibition examines the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents at home and at the front. Looking through the eyes of the local men and women who contributed in their own ways to the war effort, this exhibit takes viewers from recruiting office to the trenches. 

On display through November 2018.

B'nai Israel: The First Synagogue - January 17 - December 2016

Take a journey through 100 years of religion, culture, heritage and community that define Congregation B'nai Israel, the first synagogue in St. Catharines. This exhibit is produced in partnership with members of B'nai Israel and is part of the Museum's community exhibitions program.

On display in the Museum's lobby.

Law and Order in St. Catharines - May 12 through April 2016

Uncover crime in the Garden City alongside rules of law and order that are designed to keep our communities safe in this new exhibition from the St. Catharines Museum.

Law and Order in St. Catharines examines the history of policing - from the early days of volunteer constables to the present-day Niagara Regional Police, alongside the evolution of our local court system, over more than a century.

Explore stories of crime in St. Catharines, get an up-close look at the tools of the trade employed by our early police force and discover what life was like in the now-demolished Lincoln County Jail.

St. Catharines 1937: A Snapshot in Caricature - May 16 through December 31, 2015

St. Catharines 1937: A Snapshot in Caricature features the political cartoons of artist Josh Silburt, produced while he was the staff cartoonist for the St. Catharines Standard. This exhibition is in partnership with Riverbrink Art Museum, which presents Artist in Turbulent Times, an exhibition of Silburt's paintings from May through October, 2015. 

 Permanent Exhibits

The Museum's permanent exhibits and educational programs let visitors explore the early days of St. Catharines in interesting and interactive ways.

  • Get up close and personal with the Welland Canals.
  • Learn about the harrowing story of slaves in the U.S. as they traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
  • Explore the evolution of North America's oldest sport, lacrosse.  

 The Welland Canals


Explore the fascinating story of the four Welland Canals and the history of the City of St. Catharines that grew up alongside this engineering wonder. Discover the ways in which the Canal has changed over time and meet the people whose hard work built the Welland Canal. Then, venture outside to the viewing platform to get an up close view of Lock 3.


Fire Pumper at Museum



Follow the North Star

Discover the rich legacy of Niagara's African-Canadians in this exhibition, which is incorporated throughout the Museum's permanent gallery. Learn about Richard Pierpoint and the "Coloured Corps", St. Catharines' role as a terminus of the Underground Railroad and one of our City's most famous residents, Harriet Tubman, among many other stories. 

 Freedom Seekers exhibit



 Harriet Tubman

Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum

Explore the history of North America's oldest team sport inside the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum 


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