Ongoing Virtual Public Programs and Experiences

You can now find many of our public programs 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 Lectures Series recordings, video series, and live tours on Youtube
  • Videos series, tours, and activities on Facebook.
  • Podcasts and blog posts available at stcatharinesmuseumblog.com
  • See below for links to our Virtual Exhibits

Virtual Exhibits

 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.

Explore the digital version of this exhibition by clicking on the category pages and then scroll through Tweets and photographs to view the exhibition.

Click here to experience Victorian Tweets.

 Coming Home, Commemorating the End of WWII

Coming Home Virtual Exhibit 

This virtual photo exhibit captures the poignant moments that were a part of coming home after WW2 ended, in September of 1945.  Using the unique on-line features of the History Pin Collection. 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.

 Lock Views

Lock Views Virtual Exhibit

The Welland Canal over time is created four different canals and nearly 100 different locks, Lock Views presents a small, yet visually interesting, photo-history of the Welland Canals, its locks, and the community of St. Catharines that sprang up as a result of its water power.

Photographs in this History Pin Collection are from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre’s collection. Look for the images with the little yellow person graphic in the lower left corner for a chance to view the current locations shown in the historical photograph.

Click here to experience Lock Views.

 History Pin

History Pin Explore St. Catharines through the lens of the City's diverse residents in this 'living time capsule' created with members of our community. We're mapping the special places and meaningful stories that make up the St. Catharines community.

Each Pin contains a story from our history and has an image that can often be viewed as it was then and as it is now.  

Explore, discover, and share with us!  Click here to experience History Pin

Temporary Exhibits

The following Temporary Exhibits are an excellent way to learn even more about St. Catharines, the people of our community, and activities and events that made our city what it is today.  Be sure to visit and see each of them before they disappear!

 Marking Time

Memories of significant milestones leave an indelible mark on our lives and on our communities.

Using the Museum’s collection of textiles, photographs and artifacts,
this exhibit explores the ways that local community members
mark time and create memories.

Coming Home, Commemorating the End of WWII

Coming Home Virtual Exhibit

This photo exhibit captures the poignant moments that were a part of coming home after WW2 ended, in September of 1945.  You will see images of soldiers as they embrace their families, return to their homes and reenter the world they left to fit for Canada.

Visit this exhibit in the Lobby Gallery, located right beside Merritt's Mercantile, to the left of the Infomation Desk.  It will close May 31, 2021.

Positive About Being Positive: Supporting, Educating, and Advocating for 30 Years

Positive Living Title

The 2021 Community Exhibits Program, presented in the Lobby of the Museum, celebrates over 30 years of HIV/AIDS advocacy by Positive Living Niagara; Niagara's HIV/AIDS service agency which has grown and evolved since its creation in 1987.

For more information about Positive Living Niagara, please visit their website.

The exhibit will be on display in the Museum's Lobby until January, 2022.

 Just a Line to Say...Postcards from the Museum's Collection

 Just a Line to Say Exhibit Poster

How is it that a simple piece of paper can connect us with the world and with our past?

Ignite your sense of nostalgia with a trip to the Museum's Exhibition... "Just a Line to Say... Postcards from the Museum's Collection".

The exhibit will be on display in the Burgoyne Room until March 31, 2022


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

Welland Canals Exhibit

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

Follow the North Star exhibit

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 


History InSite Installation

History InSite King at Queen

A permanent, site specific installation, History InSite juxtaposes historical photographs with modern streetscapes by presenting the photo in, or close to, the place which it was taken.

St. Catharines has a rich photographic history and when compared to the changing streetscapes around the City, that history becomes much more meaningful, poignant, and relevant to our modern eyes.

Head to downtown St. Catharines to take in the entire installation. Find out more on our blog



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