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St. Catharines Museum Exhibits 

People & Places - June 18, 2018 - March 20, 2019

People & Places

Architecture from St. Catharines’ past is on display as part of a new exhibit at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

People and Places highlights the landmarks and stories behind some of the City’s most famous buildings and landscapes. Items in the exhibit include window pediments from the Russell House Hotel, the May-Clark-Seiler house doorway, the Henry Furs sign from King Street, the YMCA sign from its former location on Queen Street, plus other photographs and objects from the Museum’s collection.

On display in the Burgoyne Room & History Hall through to March 2019. 

Visit our online exhibit on History Pin and add your photos of lost people and places in the city! 

Holodomor - April to November 20, 2018


Presented by the Niagara chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, this exhibition details the horrors of the Ukrainian Genocide (Holodomor).

Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed an officially estimated 7 million to 10 million people. It was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33, which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country.

Visit the exhibition to learn about this harrowing part of history. 

When planning your visit to the Holodomor exhibition, please call the Museum ahead of time to inform us of your arrival. 

On display in the Lockview Lounge at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre through to November 2018. 

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.

Lost & Found - February 2018 to February 2019

Lost & Found

View the interesting and peculiar collection of items found in walls, attics, and basements from around the city. 

On display in the Museum's lobby until February 2019.

Leading the Way: Pioneering Women of St. Catharines

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

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

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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