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St. Catharines Museum Exhibits 

One-Five-Oh! - Opening July 1, 2017


The museum will open this new exhibit on July 1 celebrating Canada's anniversary this year. One-Five-OH! explores St. Catharines through the lens of the city's diverse residents in this 'living time capsule.' The exhibit features items and stories from residents who have shared what it means to them to be a part of our community.

Join the fun! You can contribute your object to the exhibit by submitting a photo and story online through our digital exhibition hosted by History Pin. A very easy 'Pintrest' style page, online contributions will be digitally displayed in the One-Five-Oh! exhibition. 

An exhibit opening ceremony and celebration will take place at 6 p.m. on July 4 during the Museum's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Refreshments will be served.


Please direct questions and concerns to Museum staff at  or by phone at 905.984.8880

Doing Our Bit: WWI from St. Catharines to the Western Front - September 2014 to November 2018



To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this exhibition examines the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents at home and at the front. Looking through the eyes of the local men and women who contributed in their own ways to the war effort, this exhibit takes viewers from recruiting office to the trenches. 

An audio guide is available for this special exhibition. Please inquire are the front desk during your visit.

On display through November 2018.

Heroes in Peace: Building the Welland Ship Canal

Welland Canal

Remember the fallen workers who lost their lives in the building of the Welland Ship Canal and discover their stories and the impact of the construction of this national engineering marvel. 

An audio guide is available for this special exhibition. Please inquire are the front desk during your visit.

On display through Spring 2018 in the Burgoyne Room.

#VintageSTCM: 50 Years of the St. Catharines Museum

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the St. Catharines Museum. In this exhibit, we're reflecting on where we've come from by recreating some of our earliest exhibitions.

On display in the Museum's lobby.

Leading the Way: Pioneering Women of St. Catharines

Leading the Way1

Discover the remarkable women who have called St. Catharines home in this speical photographic exhibition drawn from the Museum's collection. 

Now on display through Spring 2018 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2).

Leading the Way2

Permanent Exhibits

The Museum's permanent exhibits and educational programs let visitors explore the early days of St. Catharines in interesting and interactive ways.

  • Get up close and personal with the Welland Canals.
  • Learn about the harrowing story of slaves in the U.S. as they traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
  • Explore the evolution of North America's oldest sport, lacrosse.  

 The Welland Canals

Museum display featuring a wooden cart and portrait of William Hamilton Merritt

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Explore the fascinating story of the four Welland Canals and the history of the City of St. Catharines that grew up alongside this engineering wonder. Discover the ways in which the Canal has changed over time and meet the people whose hard work built the Welland Canal. Then, venture outside to the viewing platform to get an up close view of Lock 3.

Follow the North Star

The Freedom Seekers display in the Museum gallery                                                                                                                                                                                                  Discover the rich legacy of Niagara's African-Canadians in this exhibition, which is incorporated throughout the Museum's permanent gallery. Learn about Richard Pierpoint and the "Coloured Corps", St. Catharines' role as a terminus of the Underground Railroad and one of our City's most famous residents, Harriet Tubman, among many other stories. 

Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum

Displays in the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame                                                                                                                                                                                                  Explore the history of North America's oldest team sport inside the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum 


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