St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre Events

Museum Events During COVID-19 Pandemic

Please Note: All City Facilities, including the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, Lock 3 Viewing Platform, Welland Ship Canal Fallen Workers Memorial, and Discovery Park are closed to the public until further notice as the City works to slow the spread of COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit the COVID-19 Response Page for more information.

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is offering free lesson plans, activities, resources, programs, tours, and exhibits online.

You can explore our online programming through the descriptions and links below: 

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!

Museum Classroom 

Museum Classroom

Since the kids can’t go on a field trip to us, we're bringing the St. Catharines Museum to you!

Check out Museum Classroom for all sorts of curriculum-based lesson plans, interactive virtual activities and fun online tours! All access is free to help keep students engaged and learning while staying safe at home.

You can find all sorts of lesson plans designed to provide at-home educators with fresh learning content. It's all on The St. Catharines Museum Blog!

Virtual Tours and Programs 

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is happy to offer free, private, booked virtual school and educational programs and tours.

Our engaging and experienced staff are ready to take your students on a virtual tour of our permanent galleries or behind-the-scenes in our Museum’s collection. Other fun and exciting opportunities involve programs like The Travelling Museum and Jr. Engineers, which have been modified slightly to ensure enjoyment for all your students learning from home.

We’re also happy to tackle any local history topics you and your students might have an interest in, including a virtual walking tour of St. Paul Street or a virtual walking tour of the city’s historic architecture.

 Please view our Museum Classroom flyer for more information.

LIVE! from the St. Catharines Museum

 Facebook Live!


We're taking a break from live virtual programming over the summer months so that we can spend more time cooking up new fun stuff! Still, you can catch new videos and Museum At Home activities weekly on our blog and across our social media pages. 

Virtual Museum Lecture Series 

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. 

Delve deeper into St. Catharines and Welland Canals history in our public online lecture series. Discover your local history from the comfort of your home, with fascinating new stories and fresh takes on St. Catharines' past. These engaging talks are led by our Museum historians and feature expert special guests from the community.

All lectures are free and approximately 45 minutes in length. Send us an email to sign-up and we will send you a secure, private link to access the online lecture.

See our June schedule: 

Tuesday, June 30 - Holding the Torch High: Remembering War in St. Catharines

Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services & Curator of the St. Catharines Museum, delivers a lecture on war memorials in St. Catharines.

war memorials lecture

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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