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Virtual Education Programs and Experiences

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Virtual Education Programs and Experiences

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is offering free lesson plans, activities, resources and programs for all students, teachers, or at-home educators. Please reach out to us if you have comments, questions, or would like information or activities on a topic we have yet to cover.

For more information please visit our Museum Programs page.

Ongoing Virtual Public Programs and Experiences

The Museum is now offering our public programming and exhibitions online. Check our social media channels, blog, and website often for the schedule and updates. Public programming and exhibits to watch for include:

Virtual Museum Lecture Series - Winter 2021 

We are thrilled to present the line-up for the Winer 2021 season of our Virtual Museum Lecture Series. Mark your calendars and join us alternate Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. We'll kick-off the season just in time for Black History Month, with our first lecture streaming on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Watch a preview of the Winter 2021 Virtual Museum Lecture Series here:

All lectures are available by donation and are approximately 60 minutes in length. Send us an email to sign-up and we will send you a secure, private link to access the online lecture.



BONUS LECTURE! May 11 -  “A Model City”: The 1913 St. Catharines Board of Trade Year Book

We have big news: since the province-wide shutdown has been extended and we’re all hungry for more historical content while at home, we are pleased to announce a bonus lecture to the Spring Virtual Museum Lecture Series. Coming this May 11 at 7pm, we’ll host an additional, surprise, bonus lecture. Public Programmer Sara Nixon will present “A Model City”: The 1913 St. Catharines Board of Trade Year Book”. She hopes to look at the image of the city the book projects, some of the interesting personalities and activities on the eve of the First World War, and how the ‘dream’ changed through and after war time. 

 A Model City

Lego Challenge: Bridge Edition 

The Lego Challenge is back! It’s been a year since we took on building some awe-inspiring examples of built heritage and lost architecture that make up the streetscapes of downtown St. Catharines.

This year, we’re looking at the important engineering structures that join our communities together across the City: bridges. We’ll build the the CN Rail Bridge over 12 Mile Creek, the new Burgoyne Bridge, the Garden City Skyway, the Henley Bridge, and the Homer and Glendale Bridges over the Welland Canal.

Get your Lego and join in the challenge. Your bridge doesn’t have to look like ours. Make it your own and have fun!

You can watch each Lego Challenge episode as it's released on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, Youtube, and on our blog! Here's the first episode:

Daily Social Media Content

We post daily museum content across our social media channels to keep you and your family engaged and learning!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

You’ll find videos, interactive polls, podcast episodes, blog posts, photos from the Museum Collection, and so much more!

Where's the Pig? Virtual Adventure Series

Where's the Pig?

While our Where’s the Pig? virtual adventure series is now wrapped up, you can watch all the episodes online! Follow along with Sara in her search for a mischievous pig missing since 1945 and explore historic spots in downtown St. Catharines along the way!

Watch the episodes on FacebookInstagramYoutube, and on our blog!

Virtual Exhibitions 

Victorian Tweets

Victorian Tweets Virtual Exhibit

What if the Victorians had Twitter?

Victorian Tweets juxtaposes daily Victorian life found in newspapers, diaries, letters, and ephemera from the Museum’s archival collection against the modern Twitterverse.

Click here to explore the digital version of this exhibition by clicking on the category pages below. Scroll through Tweets and photographs to view the exhibition.

Coming Home, Commemorating the End of WWII

Coming Home Virtual Exhibit

The Second World War officially began for Canada on September 9th, 1939 when Parliament voted to support the British and French against the German incursions in Poland.

The war ended for many Canadians on May 7, 1945 with Victory in Europe, while fighting continued in the Asian theatre for a few more months and ended on August 14, 1945 with Victory in Japan.

September 1945 saw the beginning of the return of men and women combatants from St. Catharines.

This virtual photo exhibit captures the poignant moments that were a part of coming home.  Using the unique on-line features of History Pins. we are able to create a picture map of the relevant locations throughout the City of St. Catharines and in some case we can even see specific locations then and now.  (Look for the images with the little yellow person graphic in the lower left corner.)

Click Coming Home to launch this interactive photo exhibit.


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