Museum Exhibitions During COVID-19 Pandemic

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!


During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is offering free lesson plans, activities, resources, programs, tours, and exhibits online. Please visit our blog: Museum Chat,  Museum Classroom or visit our Facebook page for more information.

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

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 







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