Museum Programs

Museum Re-Opening

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre will be re-opening to the public on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 9 a.m.  

We have made some changes to our operation to provide you with a safe and enjoyable visit:

  • The Museum facility and the Lock 3 Viewing Platform will be open by timed entry only.  Visitors will be required to call ahead and book a time to visit the facility.  Visitors will have 1.5 hours to visit the Museum and Lock 3 Viewing Platform with their timed entry. Please call the Museum at 905-984-8880 to book your entry time. There will be four entry times throughout the day:
    • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • 1 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m.
    • 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Masks will be required to visit the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.
  • We will be closed at times throughout the day to accommodate additional cleaning of the facility.
  • The Lock 3 Viewing Platform will only be accessible through the building in order to control the number of visitors to our site.
  • We continue to encourage all visitors to wash hands frequently and we have hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility to help visitors stay safe!
  • Starting on July 28, the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre will be open daily.

Welcome Back!  View our "What to Expect Video"

We invite you to view this helpful video before you come to visits... it will guide you through the steps we have taken to help everyone stay safe!

Museum Classroom and Virtual Education Programming

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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.

  • Museum Classroom has free lesson plans and activities to help supplement at home learning.
  • Virtual Tours and Programs are available for all students, organized by teachers or other at-home educators. Download a copy of our Virtual Field Trip Programs and Tours.

School Group Tours and Programs

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.

Jr. Engineers Program

Our 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.

Download a copy of our 2019/2020 School Program Brochure

Docent leading tour

Highlights of guided tours and programs available for the 2019/2020 school year:

  • I-Spy Gallery Tour
  • Hiking Through History
  • Junior Curators

Download a copy of our 2019/2020 School Program Brochure

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 tours and programs. We're happy to work with teachers to tailor museum experiences to classroom and student needs.

2020 Rates & Fees

Please be advised of our new 2020 rates:

  • Elementary School Group: $4.50 per student
  • Secondary School Group: $4.60 per student

Our rates and fees allow for an adult chaperone ratio of one complimentary adult for every 10 students (1:12 for secondary schools). Additional adults are $5.25/adult (HST included).

Please note the above pricing includes the HST charged on Secondary School Student rates.

Download a copy of our 2019/2020 School Program Brochure

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

Make a Booking

To make a booking and schedule your class for a program, tour, or outreach, please contact us via email or via phone at 905-984-0000. Our friendly staff will work with you to make sure your expectations are met and your students have a fullfilling and fun museum experience. 

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


The Travelling Museum

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Back by popular demand, our in-classroom program is available free of charge to St. Catharines schools for the 2018-2019 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!

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.

Travelling Museum student

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. The Junior Travelling Museum is offered free of charge to St. Catharines schools.


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 ($43.40 rental fee for 12-day period):

Medium Kits ($26.85 rental fee for 12-day period):

Small Kits ($20.70 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: $4.65 per adult, plus HST
Video Only: $26.80 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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