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Museum Programs

Potato Sack Races on Canada Day

Embark on a learning adventure at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. Explore the history of the Welland Canal, our community's link to the Underground Railroad or one of our rotating special exhibits with a curriculum-based guided tour.

In-Museum School Group Tours and Programs

View our 2017-2018 School Programs Brochure here.

Our in-Museum school group programs aim to provide a fun and educational experience for your students. As experts in local history, we are also an excellent resource for kicking off your unit in local history, Black history, or the Welland Canals. Our tours are also an excellent resource to help your students select a local history topic for history and research based projects.

Highlights of guided tours and programs available for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • NEW! Renegade Museum Tour
  • NEW! Junior Curators Program (January 8 - February 9)
  • The Welland Canals
  • Follow the North Star
  • The Promise of Hope: Immigration and St. Catharines
  • Doing Our Bit: WWI from St. Catharines to the Western Front
  • Stories from the Front (Nov 1-3, 6-10)
  • Junior Engineers (K-3)
  • Canal Walk

In addition to the Museum's galleries, both guided and self-guided tour programs include access to the Lock 3 Viewing Platform and admission to the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum.

Pre- and post-visit classroom activity packages are now available for our selected tour programs. We're happy to work with teachers to tailor museum experiences to classroom needs.

2018 Rates & Fees

Please be advised of our new 2018 rates:

  • Elementary Students: $4.50 (no HST)
  • Secondary School Students: $4.50 (including HST)

If you have any questions regarding fees please contact the Museum at 905.984.8880.

Group of children sitting in front of a display in the Museum gallery


NEW! The Travelling Museum: ONE-FIVE-OH Edition

Available for grades 4-6, September to March. 

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation by contributing to our living-time-capsule. Students are introduced to the importance of storytelling and objects as a way of understanding our community. Hosted in your school's computer lab, students are encouraged to bring objects that best represent their story to upload to our digital exhibit. 

Limited to one class per 120 minute session. Contact the Museum for more information. 

The Travelling Museum

Travelling Museum kit logoBack by popular demand, our in-classroom program is available free of charge to St. Catharines schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Ideal for students in grades 4-6, this program, led by Museum staff, is designed to give students a behind-the-scenes look at museum work. Full of hands-on activities, this interactive program is 90 minutes in length. Limited bookings are available - reserve your presentation early!

Now Available: The Travelling Museum Curriculum Connections


Book the Travelling Museum with your rental of one of our EduKits and we'll bring the EduKit to you. Contact the Museum for more information.

The Junior Travelling Museum

A program designed especially for young historians! The Junior Travelling Museum offers 60 minutes of hands-on exploration and activities for students in Kindergarten - Grade 3. Limited program bookings are available April - June, 2018. The Junior Travelling Museum is offered free of charge to St. Catharines schools.

Heritage Fair Workshop

Inspire your students' own Heritage Fair projects with this in-classroom workshop led by Museum staff. Hands-on activities are designed to help students research, create and curate their own projects. This workshop comes to your classroom for $4/student for schools throughout the Niagara Region. The Heritage Fair Workshop is offered for grades 4-8 and is 90 minutes in length. 

Limited bookings available, January - March 2018


Edu-Kits availableEdu-kits are a great way to bring a part of the Museum into the classroom and support hands-on, curriculum based learning for your students. Our kits come in three sizes and all include resource materials, artifacts/objects and a mini library for your class to explore. Kits are available for a 12-day rental period, beginning on Friday and ending on a Wednesday.

For curriculum connections for each of our EduKits, please follow the link below the kit name.

New: Book the Travelling Museum with your rental of one of our EduKits and we'll bring the EduKit to you. Contact the Museum for more information.

Large Kits ($42.00 rental fee for 12-day period):

Medium Kits ($26.00 rental fee for 12-day period):

Small Kits ($20.00 rental fee for 12-day period):

Public Programs & Booked Tours

Non-school Group Tours
The museum offers specialty tours, such as black history, Welland Canals, community history and our all-encompassing general tour. Included is a 15-minute video on the Welland Canals (also available in French).

Group tour: $4.42 per adult, plus HST
Video Only: $26.00 per booked group (includes HST).
Call 905.984.8880 to book your tour.

Man in historic clothing at the Museum's Canada Day celebration

Public Programming
The Museum offers public programming at varying times of the year, including weekend activities and a wide variety of special events and public programs throughout the year, which complement the travelling exhibit on display during that time. In some cases, an admission fee may apply.

Regular programming includes:

  • Winter Holidays
  • Family Day
  • March Break
  • Open Late Programs (Tuesdays, 5pm-8pm, Victoria Day to Thanksgiving)
  • Canada Day
  • Guided Spirit Walks
  • Exhibit Openings

For more information about our annual events and public programming offerings, please visit the Museum Events page.

For information on hours and location, please visit Planning a Visit to the St. Catharines Museum.


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