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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.

Leading the Way: Pioneering Women of St. Catharines - March 1 through December 31, 2016

Portraits of four women from St. Catharines history

This exhibition of photographs from the Museum's collection celebrates the women who have helped to shape St. Catharines over the last 150 years.

The exhibition profiles a few of the remarkable women who have called the Garden City home, including Lillian Phelps, a world-famous lecturer and activist, Isabella Frampton Hawken, an enterprising businesswomen and Estelle Cuffe Hawley, the first woman to serve as a St. Catharines city councillor. 

On display in the Burgoyne Room.

Teachers - bring the pioneering women of St. Catharines into your classroom with our "Letters to Lillian" lesson plan.

Down to Earth: Agriculture in the Garden City

Down to Earth exhibit web banner

Dig into the roots of agriculture in St. Catharines, back to the days when dairying, butchering, milling and farming all occurred within easy distance and "locally made" was the reality of life in Niagara.

On display in History Hall.

 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

Museum display featuring a wooden cart and portrait of William Hamilton Merritt

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.



Follow the North Star

The Freedom Seekers display in the Museum gallery                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. 

Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum

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


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