St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre Events

2020 Museum Events Rack Card

You can see all of this year's fun programs and events at-a-glance on our 2020 Museum Events Rack Card. Check it out and add the dates to your calendar now! 

Black History Month - February, all month 

Black History Month

Discover the rich black history of our community at the St. Catharines Museum. 

Join us for special 60-minute tours of the award-winning Follow the North Star exhibition every Thursday & Saturday at 10 a.m. during the month of February. 

  • Thursday February 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday February 1, 8,15, 22 & 29 at 10 a.m.

A special screening of the 2019 documentary "Risking Everything: A Story of Niagara’s Freedom Seekers", will be shown following the the Saturday tours at 11 a.m.. 

All are welcome, all Black History Month programming is open by donation. No registration necessary. 

Be sure to visit the St. Catharines Museum blog and our social media for more online content during Black History Month.

Family History Workshop - February 8 & 22

family history workshop

Dig deeper into your family history and learn how to care for your own family collections in this in-depth two-day workshop.

Join us on Saturday February 8 and Saturday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this engaging, hands-on workshop on all things family history. Trained Museum Staff will offer specific resources, tools, and knowledge that you can utilize to organize, preserve, and share your personal family history for future generations. Topics covered include the following:

  •  Photograph care and storage
  • Family record care and storage (newspaper clippings, letters, other papers etc.)

  •  Family heirloom care and storage

  • Conducting research projects

  • Conducting and recording oral histories and written histories
  • Genealogical research 

New this year, the Mayholme Genealogical and Historical Research Centre will lead a tutorial on genealogical research. 

This two-day workshop is $50.00 per person and pre-registration is required. Included in the fee is a workbook and other take-home resources, and light refreshments.

Participants are asked to bring a box of family records or photographs to work with during the workshop. 

To register, please contact the Museum at or 905-984-8880.

Sensory-Friendly Sunsets - the First Tuesday of Every Month

Sensory-Friendly SunsetsJoin us on the first Tuesday of each month for a family-orientated evening of special sensory-friendly experiences for children and adults with sensory sensitivities in a calming and inclusive environment. Starting Tuesday, February 4, Sensory-Friendly Sunsets runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In this after-hours program, lighting and sounds in the Museum will be altered to reduce external stimuli and a several sensory-friendly activities will be made available for families to engage with on your own terms. Activities include the following:

  • Hands-on-Heritage: children will be encouraged to touch and match objects made of different materials
  • Play Zone: self-directed play area with a variety of tactile toys and activities to choose from.
  • Quiet Zone: a place to relax and be calm, with blankets, large stuffed animals, and grounding observation activities.

This program is open to the public by donation. No registration necessary. Please contact the Museum at or 905-984-8880 for more information. 

For more inclusive St. Catharines Museum offerings, including our Social Story visual guide, please visit our Planning a Visit to the St. Catharines Museum page.

Family Day 2020 - Monday, February 17

Join us Monday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Family Day at the St. Catharines Museum! We have a full day of fun for families from St. Catharines and beyond with all sorts of family-centered activities to enjoy together and create lasting memories! 

All programming is open to the public by donation. The St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Check out the full Family Day schedule:

 Collections Tours - every hour, on the hour


Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the St. Catharines Museum! Only open to the public once a year - join the Museum Curator for this special tour of our Collections storage space.


Collections Tours begin at 10 a.m., and run every hour on the hour. The last tour will leave at 3 p.m. Please register at the Information Desk upon arrival. Tours are 50 minutes in length. 

 Follow the North Star Tours - 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. 


In celebration of Black History Month, Family Day visitors have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Museum’s award-winning Follow the North Star exhibition. 


Tours begin at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Please register at the Information Desk upon arrival. Tours are 60 minutes in length. 

 Tiny Tot I-Spy Tours - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. 


I-spy with my little eye, a museum exploration perfect for your tiny tots (age 5 and under)! Take a guided tour through the Museum Galleries and discover the fascinating artifacts on display! 


Tours begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Please register at the Information Desk upon arrival. Tours are 30 minutes in length. 

 Family Fun Area - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Stay a while! We'll have hot chocolate, crafts, LEGO activities, and the cheerful sounds of Vox Violins playing your favourite folk tunes all day.  

 Back in My Day Photo Exhibit - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 


Take a step back to the good ol’ days and reminisce on what it was like to grow up and be young in St. Catharines. Share your memories of these local favourites with us on the post-it notes available!  

 Journey to Freedom - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 


If you were a freedom seeker, what items would you bring with you on the Underground Railroad?

Children have an opportunity to fill a Freedom Bag and to consider the challenges faced by Freedom Seekers as they made their decision to escape slavery on the Underground Railroad. 

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