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St. Catharines Museum Exhibits

The War of 1812
Oct. 4, 2013 through December 31, 2014

The War of 1812 Exhibition poster

Discover the city's connection to the War of 1812 and its impact on the community through a new exhibit at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, developed by Brock University and the City of St. Catharines.

"The War of 1812" captures the fears and worries of life in an occupied land, with battles raging close to home, and how the conflict shaped the community's growth.

Developed over the last year by the City and Brock University, with a $90,000 grant from the Government of Canada's Bicentennial of the War of 1812 program, the exhibit features rarely seen artifacts, archival records and newspaper clippings contributed by the City, the University, Parks Canada, and local private collectors. The exhibit brings local stories from the war to life through hands-on activities and interactive displays visitors can explore through touchscreen technology.


 Playing Favourites ~ Feb. 17 - Dec. 30, 2014

Playing Favourites Exhibition at the St. Catharines Museum

The staff at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre know they aren't supposed to play favourites, but they couldn't help themselves! Check out this exhibit of the Museum staff's favourite artifacts from the collection, then share your own favourites with us!

Check out the Playing Favourites blog for exhibit extras and a peek behind-the-scenes of this exhibition!


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.









 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.  

 Welland Canals


Learn the fascinating story of the Welland Canals and the city that grew up around them. Exhibits illustrate the engineering feats of yesterday and today.


Fire Pumper at Museum



Follow the North Star 

 Freedom Seekers exhibit

Fugitive slaves found freedom in Canada when they followed the North Star - an enduring symbol of freedom. Experience the rich legacy of Niagara's African Canadians.

 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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