My visit to the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012

Note: This isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but if you have come to Niagara Falls for a visit, this is a place you may want to check out.

I’ve lived in St Catharines for a good portion of my life (actually, 3 different times). It is a great place to live. I’m about an hour from Toronto, 15 minutes from Niagara Falls, and half an hour from Buffalo. Through all that time, I’ve never been to the St Catharines Museum. It is located at Lock 3 along the Welland Canals Parkway (1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St Catharines ON L2R 7K6, Tel: 905-984-8880). It is run by the City of St Catharines, and on Family Day this year they had some activities for the children so we went.

There is no admission fee to enter the museum. They have a donation box, and you can donate as much (or as little) as you want.

We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the museum. At that time (and for another month or two), there was an exhibit with old toys. The kids really liked that part. We then walked through the rest of the museum were the permanent exhibits are. There were exhibits about local sports figures, military heroes, the Underground Railroad, and more. Of course there was a rather large space devoted to the Welland Canal.

If you are looking for an inexpensive day trip with the kids, the St Catharines Museum might be just the right place.

As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the all of the images including the larger sized ones in the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012. Please note that I took the pictures with my cell phone, so they aren’t as good as they normally would be.

As a side note, the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3421 images in 267 categories.

3 thoughts on “My visit to the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012

  1. Hi,

    On behalf of the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, I would like to thank you for featuring us in your blog and we’re so glad you enjoyed your visit!

    I will be posting your link on the Museum’s facebook page and invite you to “like” us and get updates on what’s going on at the Museum and Centre.


    Thank you,

  2. Hello Niagara Blog Community!

    I am helping plan a Niagara Falls Honeymoon for a friend of mine and she has just stumped me with something she’d like to do.

    Her mom and dad honeymooned in Niagara and have a “going over in a barrel” shot – the one where it looks like they are on the cover of a newspaper? I’m sure some of you are familiar with the concept, but where can you get one NOW?

    I found this, but the info is very vague

    I’m hoping that someone can give me a definite answer so I can lead them in the right direction. if not, i’m going to be doing some photoshop work. 🙂


    1. I haven’t been for a few years, but I since they re-opened up on Victoria Avenue, Tussaud’s Wax Museum had something like that. They had a set that you could sit in and that was your picture.
      The Skylon Tower also has something like that. They use a “special effects” green screen and you can have your picture done in a bunch of different ways.
      You could give either of them a call and see if they still have it.

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